Don’t Write Alone: Shop Talk

A Person of Color’s Guide to Navigating Writing Residencies

For our Application Week series, Hannah Bae writes about applying to and attending writing residencies as a person of color—along with tips from about ten other writers who identify as BIPOC.

Aug 17, 2022
How to Apply for Grants and Residencies

As part of our Application Week series, Jasmine Dreame Wagner writes about putting together your strongest proposal to get funding for your work-in-progress.

How Do Algorithms Help (and Hinder) Book Sales?

As a marketing professional, I mastered the art of writing for algorithms. As a novelist trying to sell my books, it’s more complicated.

Jul 28, 2022
How Libraries Can Help You Earn Out Your Book Advance

While the systems and processes for how libraries acquire books differ from library to library, writers should know and should care about how public libraries purchase books.

The Beautiful Ego Death of Having My Book Fact-Checked

Every nonfiction book should go through this vetting, and every author should have this experience.

Jul 06, 2022
In a Digital Age, Why Still Read Print Magazines?

How do we as readers benefit from having a team with different creative specialties—writing, designing, editing, photographing, illustrating—work together to bring the story to life?

Jun 28, 2022
Writing for Yourself Versus Writing for an Audience

Was I being selfish and foolish by spending seven years composing the book I wanted to read, without considering why someone other than me might care?

Jun 01, 2022
How Do You Design a Book Cover?

A roundtable discussion with the design department of Catapult books.

May 25, 2022
How Working with Libraries Can Help Sell Your Books

A librarian shares a step-by-step guide on how writers can grow their audience and promote their books by pitching a talk to their local library—and beyond.

May 04, 2022
These Essays That Started Out as Tweets Will Inspire You to Write—or Tweet, I Guess

“This article ended up being one of my favorite assignments ever—and all from a little bit of shameless public thirsting on Twitter.”

Apr 29, 2022
Promoting Your Book When the World Is On Fire

Promotion—especially self-promotion—doesn’t always feel easy. So how do we do it? For Social Media Week, literary agent Mina Hamedi helps us make room for celebration.

Apr 28, 2022
How BookTok Is Changing Publishing

For our Social Media Week series, Cecilia Beard explains how BookTok makes it possible for people outside the traditional delineation of the publishing industry to propel any book to success.

Apr 27, 2022
Publishing a Book Is Hard on Your Mental Health

A book’s pending publication, despite all the to-dos and excitement, can be a really hard time. Here are a few ways to navigate the prepublication blues.

Apr 11, 2022
Celebrating One Year of ‘Don’t Write Alone’

A letter from Stella Cabot Wilson, ‘Don’t Write Alone’ editor.

How Do You Edit a Literary Magazine?

A roundtable discussion with the editors of ‘Catapult’ and ‘Don’t Write Alone.’

Mar 31, 2022
Filing Taxes as a Self-Employed Writer

Your worth as an artist is not equivalent to the numbers that end up on your tax return.

Mar 09, 2022
I Read the Submissions Queue for a Literary Journal

Over the last four years I have evaluated more than one thousand short stories.

Mar 02, 2022
Get Thee to a Writing Residency

Residency programs offer dedicated time and space to help you level up your writing. Here’s how to apply.

Feb 16, 2022
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