Don’t Write Alone: Shop Talk

How I Found a Writing Cohort Without an MFA

This is a benefit of finding your cohort outside of an MFA: It’s much more flexible.

Oct 28, 2021
Why Full-Time Freelancing Isn’t For Me

In the face of dire job prospects, freelancing felt like it might be a solution; a way to be a writer on my own terms.

Oct 12, 2021
A Freelancer Talks Money and Writing

It’s not what you write that’s meaningful, but the time you spend writing.

Oct 12, 2021
The Secret to Finding Writing Gigs That Actually Pay the Bills

As part of our Money Week series, Jessica Goodman explains why it's time to shed the stigma around side hustles.

Sep 16, 2021
Financial Advice for the Freelancer

For our Money Week series, Nicole Dieker answers commonly-asked questions from freelance writers

Sep 15, 2021
“It’s downright wild out there”: A Q&A on Book Sales with Alyson Forbes

As part of our Money Week series, Alyson Forbes shares the ins and outs of book sales and explains how indie presses “care about your book the way John Cusack cares about Ione Skye in ‘Say Anything’.”

Sep 14, 2021
Be Yourself and Sell More Books

As a part of our Money Week series, Laura Stanfill argues that you should work with your publisher to do what feels organic, genuine, and true to you as a human being.

Sep 13, 2021
Are Virtual Book Events Here to Stay?

Book tours and author events are a fixture of bookselling.

Aug 26, 2021
Nobody Cares What You Have to Say—That’s a Good Thing

Trying to get your work published often feels like calling out into the void, which can be disheartening, but also incredibly freeing.

Aug 03, 2021
Five Questions to Ask Before Signing with a Small Press

Before you sign a contract, it’s worth opening up a dialogue to understand how the press handles the publishing process.

Jun 07, 2021
Decoding Rejections from Literary Agents

Agents get rejected by editors, writers get rejected by agents, and we’re all trying to figure out “when they said [x], what did they really mean?”

Sep 15, 2020
Managing Your Own Author Brand Online

This article discusses legal issues you may encounter while building up your author brand and creating an author website.

Jul 23, 2020
Avoiding Copyright Infringement

Make sure you won’t get in trouble for using others’ work in your writing.

Jun 24, 2020
The Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing

This article outlines the main contractual differences between traditional and self-publishing.

May 21, 2020
Writing About Real People

If you’re writing about real people and plan to publish your work, here are some things to keep in mind to stay out of legal trouble.

Apr 22, 2020
The Nuts & Bolts of Contracting with an Agent

Agency contracts are not the same as publishing contracts and it’s important not to confuse the two.

Mar 18, 2020