Poetry

Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

i brushed the shells with my fingertips, they were smooth and delicate, but obviously artificial, made to be used once and thrown away. at first touch they might seem real, pearly, perfect, but they’re actually plastic, and they’ve never even seen any sea. So ends Reina Maria Rodriguez’s poem “First Time” (in the video above and… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

Publishing · resources

How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

Congratulations! You have signed with a publisher that wants to bring your book to the market. But how will you get paid for book sales? What royalties are considered normal? I suppose I should backtrack. First of all, how do traditional publishers pay authors, and what exactly are royalties? Publishers typically pay authors in several ways:… Continue reading How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

writing

What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing

Writing is a type of freedom. It allows us to choose which portions of the world to highlight and which ones we want to discard. Telling stories also forces us to create boundaries. We can’t focus on everything, can’t follow the lives of every single character, can’t describe the layer of dirt on every doorstep. Instead… Continue reading What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing

Publishing

Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

  Once upon a time, I worked for the editorial office of a small publisher. The most fascinating, heart-breaking, and frustrating part of my day was when I had to read through manuscripts in the slush pile. As many people know, the slush pile is what publishers call their collections of unsolicited query letters and… Continue reading Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

writing

The Language of the Body

Despite what the internet implies, a large chunk of human communication doesn’t occur through the spoken or written word. Instead it occurs through body language. That means that successful writers have to understand how to portray emotions and responses using the language of the body. I’ve discussed how to write emotions before, but I’ve found another… Continue reading The Language of the Body

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Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names

It turns out that if you want your children to be writers, you should consider naming them Kate and Simon. In 2014, Verdant Labs used public records to analyze common names by profession in the United States. They found that people with certain names are disproportionately more likely to have various careers. They based this… Continue reading Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names