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    Travel Writing
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    Creative Nonfiction
    Tech & Copywriting
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    Poetry & Greeting Cards
    Screenwriting
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    Rights & Copyright
    Getting Published
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Agents
Ask an Agent: Four Agents Answer Your Questions - Natalie R. Collins
How to Play the Agent Game - Chris Gavaler
How to Pitch Your Book at a Writing Conference - Cynthia Gallagher
How to Protect Yourself from Questionable Agents - Marg Gilks
The Perfect Pitch: Pitching to Agents at a Writing Conference - Sue Fagalde Lick
What Agents Really Want - Natalie R. Collins

Basics - Getting Started
A Beginner's Guide to Writing Terminology - Dawn Copeman
How to Outgrow "Write What You Know" - Jenna Glatzer
Not for Beginners Only... ("It's Not Just About You") - Moira Allen
Planning Your Writing Career - Dawn Copeman
What Do You Know? - Moira Allen
What Is a Writer? - Moira Allen
What Kind of Writer Do You Want to Be? - Terje Johansen
When Procrastination is a Good Thing - Barbara Florio Graham

Blogs
Blogging for Business - Dawn Copeman
How to Evaluate a Good Blog Gig and Earn What You Deserve! - Jennifer Brown Banks
How to Leverage Guest Posting to Get (Paying) Writing Gigs - Jennifer Brown Banks
How to Think Outside the Blog "Box" to Increase Your Productivity and Creativity - Jennifer Brown Banks
The Newspaper/Blog Connection - Sue Fagalde Lick
The Rights and Wrongs of Blogging for Pay - Dawn Copeman
Seven Reasons Today's Writers Should Blog to Build Their Platforms and Their Bottom Lines! - Jennifer Brown Banks
To Blog or Not to Blog - Moira Allen
What Grocery Shopping Can Teach us About Branding Our Blogs - Jennifer Brown Banks
See also "Websites and Social Media"

Book Fairs & Festivals - See Promotion

Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviewers
Getting Your Book Reviewed - Moira Allen
How to Get Your Book Reviewed - Debby Ridpath Ohi
The Review Process: How a Book Gets Reviewed - Sally Murphy
So You Got a Review -- Now What? - Sally Murphy
Who Reads Book Reviews Anyway? - Sally Murphy
See also "Promotion"

Booksignings
40+ Ways to Make Your Next Book Signing an Event! - Larry James
Dreaming of Writer's Cramp: Signing at Bookstores and Beyond... - Peter Bowerman
How to Have a Successful Booksigning - MaryJanice Davidson
How to Make Your Booksigning a Sell-Out! - Judy Azar LeBlanc
Tips and Tricks for Booksignings - Kim Headlee
See also "Promotion"

Branding
Five Steps to Developing Your Writing Brand - Sonya Carmichael Jones
How to Create Your Writer's Brand Online - by Gail Kavanagh
What Grocery Shopping Can Teach us About Branding Our Blogs - Jennifer Brown Banks
See also "Promotion," "Websites and Social Media"

Business & Commercial Writing
An Introduction to Commercial Writing - Dawn Copeman
The Art of Writing Grant Proposals - Penny Ehrenkranz
Beating Burnout - Tips for Copywriters and Every Writer - Dawn Copeman
Everybody's Business: Writing for the Corporate World - Barbara Neal Varma
How to Become a Successful Grant Writer - Kathleen Ewing
How to Write a Competitive Analysis - Michael Knowles
How to Write a White Paper - Michael Knowles
Take Control of Your Schedule! - Geoff Hart
Writing Corporate Newsletters - Moira Allen
Writing Press Releases - Dawn Copeman
Writing Proposals: An Interview with Paul Weber - Barbara Vega
See also "Editing & Copyediting," "SEO & Content Writing"

Characterization
Character Tags and Tics - Victoria Grossack
Creating Great Heroes and Heroines [in Romance] - Anne M. Marble
Creating Memorable Characters - Lee Masterson
Creating Villains People Love to Hate - Lee Masterson
Don't Treat Your Characters Like Puppets! - Anne M. Marble
The Ethics of Tragedy: Plot Victims are People Too! - Paula Fleming
Everybody Lies - Victoria Grossack
Extending Your Character Range: Sex, Age and Other - Victoria Grossack
Finding Your Characters - Mary Cook
Handling a Cast of Thousands I: Getting to Know Your Characters - Will Greenway
Handling a Cast of Thousands II: Your Story as Your Characters (and Readers) See It - Will Greenway
Handling a Cast of Thousands III: Developing the Five-Act Scene - Will Greenway
How Not to Create a Villain - Anne M. Marble
Mentors in Your Masterpiece
Motivation - Hank Quense
The Mystery of Character - Robert Wilson
Plotting by Personality - Marg McAlister
The Secrets of Characterization - Sigrid Macdonald
A Study in Sidekicks
Viewpoint, Perspective and Time - Will Greenway
We All Need Someone To Love: Creating Characters Readers Will Care About - Victoria Grossack
What Are They Thinking? Portraying Your Characters' Thoughts - Victoria Grossack
What Do Your Characters Want? (Part I) - Victoria Grossack
What Do Your Characters Want? (Part II): How to Use Characters' Goals to Move the Plot - Victoria Grossack
What Does Your Protagonist Want? - Paula Fleming
What Type Is Your Character? - Paula Fleming
What's My Line? Character Professions in the Romance - Anne M. Marble

Character Naming
In the Name of Love... Finding the Right Names for Your Characters - Desmond Lindo
The Name Game - John Robert Marlow
Name That Character! - Anne M. Marble
A Rose by Any Other Name... - Devyani Borade
What's in a Name? - Moira Allen
What's In a Name? - Victoria Grossack

Children's Writing
The ABCs of Writing for Kids: Active, Brief, and Cut Cut Cut - Eugie Foster
Editing Secrets to Make Your Work Shine - Laura Backes
Finding Your Voice as a Children's Writer - Laura Backes
Eight Things Picture Book Editors Don't Want - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz
Frequently Asked Questions About Children's Writing - LeMieux, Lubar and Singer
Happily Ever After: Finding the Perfect Ending - Eugie Foster
Make Your Picture Book Sparkle! - Peggy Tibbetts
Six Steps to Make Your Children's Story Sparkle - Laura Backes
Ten Myths About Writing for Kids - Eugie Foster
Throw Obstacles at Your Characters - Laura Backes
Understanding Children's Writing Genres - Laura Backes
When the Guidelines Say "7-12": The Ages and Stages of Children's Literature - Eugie Foster
Worldbuilding Considerations for the Children's Writer - Eugie Foster
Writing About Controversial Subjects - Laura Backes
Writing Captivating Dialogue for Children - Mary Emma Allen
Writing Humor (As Demonstrated by Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Eugie Foster
Writing in Rhyme for Children - Laura Backes
Writing Multicultural Fiction for Children (Part I) - Eugie Foster
Writing Multicultural Fiction for Children (Part 2): Nuts and Bolts - Eugie Foster
Writing Talking Animal Tales - Eugie Foster
YA & Teens
One of the 55 Percent (Adults Who Read YA) - Moira Allen (editorial)
Plotting the Teen Romance - Mindy Hardwick
Writing for the Teen Religious Market - Kathryn Lay
Writing for Teen Magazines - Ursula Furi-Perry
Writing for "Tweens" - Eugie Foster
Specialized Markets
The Christian Children's Market: A Place for Beginning Writers - Marcia Laycock
Doing Your Homework: Tips for Cracking the Educational Market - Christine Venzon
Five Reasons to Write Children's Nonfiction - Rita Milios
Retelling Bible Stories for Children - Rose Ross Zediker
Short Stuff for Children - Marie Cecchini
So You Wanna Be a Children's Poet... - Linda Phillips
Hi/Lo Books: Writing for Reluctant Readers - Eugie Foster
Publishing & Promotion
Children's Book Reviewers
The Elephant in the Room: Marketing Your Children's Manuscript - Peggy Tibbetts
Let Them See Your Title: Publicizing Your Children's Book - Noelle Sterne
School Bookfairs: A Great Opportunity for Market Research - Carol Baldwin
School Visits: An Author's Serendipity - Mary Emma Allen
What Do Editors Want? - Laura Backes
A Writer's Resolution: I Will Submit! - Eugie Foster
Writing for Children's Magazines - Eugie Foster
Interviews with Children's Authors and Editors
Exploring Sparkle: An Interview with Peggy Tibbetts - Moira Allen
An Interview with Author Dallas Woodburn - Eugie Foster
An Interview with Tansy Rayner Roberts of Shiny - Eugie Foster
An Interview with Mark Justice of Story Station - Eugie Foster
An Interview with Judy Burke of Highlights for Children - Eugie Foster
An Interview with Johnny D. Boggs of Boys' Life - Eugie Foster
An Interview with Deborah Vetter of the Cricket Magazine Group - Eugie Foster

Christian Writing
Break Into the Religious Market With a Devotion - Tatiana Claudy
The Christian Children's Market: A Place for Beginning Writers - Marcia Laycock
Retelling Bible Stories for Children - Rose Ross Zediker
Stealing Ideas at Church & Selling Them Back - S.R. Morris
Writing for the Teen Religious Market - Kathryn Lay

Classes, Learning, Education
Fundamentals of Fiction: Courses, Workshops and Tutors - Marg Gilks
Getting the Most from Online Writing Classes - Moira Allen
How to Read 'How To Write' Books, by Sean McLachlan
Is an MFA Program Right for You? - Amy White
Learning the Craft - Dawn Copeman

Classes, Teaching
Teaching Writing Online - Moira Allen
Tips on Conducting a Successful Workshop - Moira Allen
Tips on Teaching Creative Writing - Shirley Kawa-Jump

Clips & Bios
Fine-Tuning Your Author's Note - Victoria Grossack
What to Do if You Don't Have Clips - Moira Allen
Who Are You? How to Write a Good Bio - Devyani Borade
Writing Your Bio - Terje Johansen
Your Publicity Photo - Patricia Fry

Collaboration
Double Vision: The Secret to Forming a Successful Co-authorship - Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson
Questions to Ask Before Collaborating - Moira Allen

Columns & Syndication
How to Self-Syndicate Your Column - Moira Allen
How to Write a Book Review - Bill Asenjo
How to Write an Op-Ed - John McLain
Syndicating Your Weekly Column - Elizabeth Laden

Computer Tips and Issues
Back Up Your Writing -- And the Rest of Your Life! - Moira Allen
Canning the Spam - Moira Allen
It Might Not Happen, But... (backing up/restoring your work) - Des Nnochiri
Protecting Yourself, Writer Style [developing safe passwords] - Moira Allen
Shouldn't You Be Podcasting? - Amy Chavez
Surviving Without a Computer - Moira Allen
There's No Free Lunch -- But There Is Free Software! - Des Nnochiri
Tips on Searching the Web - Moira Allen
We Never Think It Will Happen... (Protecting Your Files) - Moira Allen
See also "Toolbox, Writer's"

Conferences
Attending a Speculative Fiction Convention - Paula Fleming
How to Pitch Your Book at a Writing Conference - Cynthia Gallagher
Networking and Promotion at a Writer's Conference - Debby Ridpath Ohi
The Perfect Pitch: Pitching to Agents at a Writing Conference - Sue Fagalde Lick
Speak Out: Networking through Speaking at Writing Conferences - Tami Cowden
Ten Great Reasons (Plus One) to Attend a Writers' Conference - by Susan Denney

Contests
A Beginner's Guide to Writing Contests - Dawn Copeman
Choosing a Writing Contest - Tammy Mackenzie
Contesting: Why and How - Kathryn Lay
Contests: To Enter or Not to Enter? - Kathe Gogolewski
Through Judge-Coloured Spectacles: How to Win a Writing Contest - Sue Emms
21 Ways to Better Your Chances Winning Screenplay Contests - Elizabeth English
Step Into the Winner's Circle! - Moira Allen
Writing Contests: When Winners Are Losers - Moira Allen
Writing the Prize-Winning Script - Laura Brennan
Writing to Win - Moira Allen

Contracts & Negotiation
The Art of Negotiation 16 Tips on How to Ask for More Money - Devyani Borade
"First Sale" Mistakes Every Writer Can Avoid - Moira Allen
Five Magic Phrases: Tips for Negotiating Contracts Like a Pro - Jenna Glatzer
Understanding Contracts - Moira Allen

Copyright
Copyright Infringement: A Question of Give and Take - Moira Allen
Copyright Infringement: Once More, with Slightly Sharper Teeth - Moira Allen
Copyright, Public Domain, and the Wild Wild Web - Moira Allen
Don't Do Us Any Favors -- Don't Steal Our work! - Moira Allen
Increase Your Market with a Creative Commons License - Josh Smith
The Nitty-Gritty of Copyright - Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Plagiarism, Copyright, and the Eighteenth Century - Jack Lynch
Top Ten Questions About Copyright Permissions - David Taylor
The 20% Solution (How Much Do You Need to Change an Article to Make it Original?) - Moira Allen
Understanding Rights and Copyright - Moira Allen
See also "Rights"

Cover Letters - See Queries

Craft of Writing
Facing the First Draft - Moira Allen
Five Fatal Flaws that Can Lead to Rejection - Moira Allen
Five Tips to Writing Great Subheads - Kristina Springer
How to Craft a Great Article, Part I: Structure, Focus, Unity and Flow - Dawn Copeman
How to Craft a Great Article, Part II: Hooks, Leads, and Endings - Dawn Copeman
How to "Show Don't Tell" - Dawn Copeman
How to Sit Down and Write an Article - Dawn Copeman
How to Write Like an Expert - Moira Allen
Writing for (not by) the Ear - Donnell King
Writing for the General Public: It's Not as Easy as it Sounds - Mary J. Breen

Creative Nonfiction (see also "Essays," "Journaling," and "Memoir")
Feeling Boxed In? Try an Extreme Makeover to Boost Your Creativity - Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant
Finding Your Writing's "Occasion" - Sheila Bender
Grab That Memory Before It Slips Away! - Uma Girish
How to Create the Ultimate Holiday Newsletter - Moira Allen
How to Turn "First Experiences" into "First Sales" - Moira Allen
Mastering the Personal Experience Article - Deborah Newton
Mindplay - Peggy Bechko
Personally Speaking - Kathryn Lay
Writing a Family History - Moira Allen
Writing (and Selling) Personal Experience Articles - Moira Allen
Writing and the Cosmic Shopping Mall (or how to access your creative mind and silence the inner critic), by Emily Hanlon
Writing From Anticipation - Sheila Bender

Critique/Critiquing
The Benefits of Critique Groups - Michele Acker
Fundamentals of Fiction: Critique Groups and Writers' Groups - Marg Gilks
How Online Critiquing Can Help Your Writing - Moira Allen
How to Give and Receive Critiques - Dawn Copeman
How to Get - and Take - Criticism - Victoria Grossack
Processing Feedback - Joni B. Cole
See also "Writers' Groups"

Description & Setting
Arcs of Artifacts - Victoria Grossack
The Art of Description: Eight Tips to Help You Bring Your Settings to Life - Anne M. Marble
Blueprints: Building a Home for Your Characters - Elizabeth Chayne
Developing Deftness in Description - Victoria Grossack
Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life - Moira Allen
Houses are People Too: The Structure of a Literary Device - Geoff Hart
Location, Location, Location! - Jim C. Hines
Look before You Write: Applying the Lessons of the Visual Arts - Paula Fleming

Dialogue
Anything You Say... Tips for Effective Dialogue - Stephen Rogers
Creating Dynamic Dialogue - Will Greenway
Dialogue in Speculative Fiction - Paula Fleming
I Love You, My Little Cabbage: Using Foreign Words in Your Fiction - Cora Bresciano
Interjections and Profanity - Victoria Grossack
It's Not What They Say... - Mary Cook
Off with the Talking Heads! - Marg Gilks
Punctuating Dialogue - Marg Gilks
Slang and How to Sling It - Randall Platt
The Use and Abuse of Dialogue Tags - Anne Marble
What Should They Talk About? - Victoria Grossack
Who Speaks? Pointers about Attribution in Dialogue - Victoria Grossack
Writing Romantic Dialogue - Anne Marble

Editing & Copyediting (Freelance)
Breaking Into Corporate Editing - Moira Allen
Editing as a Profession - Aline Lechaye
So You Think You Want to Be a Freelance Proofreader... - Jan K., The Proofer

Editing & Proofreading (Self)
Becoming Your Own Editor - Moira Allen
Death by Revision - Kristin Camiolo
Fewer Words Mean Bigger Bucks - Shaunna Privratsky
Less is More: 15 Quick, Clever and Clean Tricks to Reduce Manuscript Word Count - Devyani Borade
Sensible, Sensitive Sentences - Victoria Grossack
Targeting Enemy Words - Sandra Miller
What a Good Editor Can Do For You - Patricia Fry
Why You Can't Rely on Your Spellchecker - Jan K. the Proofer

Electronic Publishing
Brave New World... Or Not? Two Sides to the E-Book Revolution - Moira Allen
Creating an Ebook in Word and PDF - Moira Allen
E-Books: A Revolution We Can't Ignore (More on the E-Book Revolution) - Moira Allen
The E-Book Revolution: Different Music, Same Song - Moira Allen
E-Books from the Publisher's Perspective - Sean McLachlan
E-Readers and the Changing Nature of the Story Experience - Victoria Grossack
Formatting Your E-Book with Adobe Acrobat - Geoff Hart
The New Publishing Paradigm - Or Is It? - Moira Allen

Essays (see also "Creative Nonfiction," "Journaling," "Memoir")
Essay Writing: When It's Just Too Personal - Heather Haapoja
An Exercise in Essay-Writing - Sheila Bender
Finding Your Writing's "Occasion" - Sheila Bender
Fifteen Paying Markets for Personal Essays and Life Stories - Chryselle D'Silva Dias
Grab That Memory Before It Slips Away! - Uma Girish
How to Write Winning First-Person Stories - C.S. Paquin
Personally Speaking - Kathryn Lay
Writing From Anticipation - Sheila Bender
Writing the Personal Essay - Mridu Khullar

Fairs & Festivals - See Promotion

Fees, Setting
How Much Should a Freelancer Charge? - Moira Allen
Setting Your Freelance Rates - Dawn Copeman
The Worth of a Freelancer's Work - Donald Denier

Fiction, Fundamentals of - by Marg Gilks
I: "I've Got an Idea!"
II: Read, Read, Read!
III: Critique Groups and Writers' Groups
IV: Writers Write!
V: Learning How: Courses, Workshops and Tutors
VI: Learning the Lingo
VII: Being Realistic About Your Work
VIII: Finding Markets for Your Fiction
IX: Writing Etiquette
X: Avoid Those Beginners' Blunders

Fiction, Facts & Accuracy - See "Research"

Fiction, General
The Author-Reader Contract - Victoria Grossack
Becoming a Fiction Aficionado, by Shaunna Privratsky
The Case for Intriguing Eccentricity in Fiction - Philip Martin
Conflict - Victoria Grossack
Confrontations - Victoria Grossack
E-Readers and the Changing Nature of the Story Experience - Victoria Grossack
The Greater Logic of Fiction - Victoria Grossack
Hanging on Cliffs - Victoria Grossack
Having Fun with Fan Fiction - Victoria Grossack
Lateral Thinking - Ahmed A. Khan
Mindplay - Peggy Bechko
Mixing It Up: Writing Across Genres - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz
The One Rule... - Moira Allen
The Order of Things - Victoria Grossack
Prayers, Promises and Prophecies - Victoria Grossack
Raising the Stakes - Victoria Grossack
The Reader's Emotional Journey - Victoria Grossack
Satisfaction Through Frustration - Victoria Grossack
Scenes Grown in the Valley of Despair - Victoria Grossack
Some Absurdities in Fiction - Victoria Grossack
Stuck in the Middle of Your Story? Try Prompts! - Alina Sandor
Tell, Don't Show - Victoria Grossack
The Top Ten Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make - Sally Zigmond
TV Watching Does Not Waste Writers' Time - Noelle Sterne
Visualization Exercises for Writers - Holly Lisle
What, Where, When and Why - Marg Gilks
Why Doesn't the Dog Bark? - Victoria Grossack
For additional fiction topics, see also "Characterization," "Dialogue," "Point of View/Perspective"
For genre-specific fiction topics, see "Children's Writing," "Flash Fiction," "Literary Fiction," "Mystery," "Romance," "SF/Fantasy"

Fiction, Literary - See Literary Fiction

Fiction - Publishing and Business Issues
Can I Make a Living as a Novelist? - Marilyn Henderson
The Midlisters: Backbone of the Publishing Industry - Sean McLachlan

Fiction - Story Structure
A Story, B Story, Part One: Why Use Subplots? - Victoria Grossack
A Story, B Story, Part Two: Challenges of Working with Multiple Plots - Victoria Grossack
Chatting About Chapters - Victoria Grossack
Components of a Good Opening Scene - Joseph Bates
Dynamic Beginnings: Getting Your Story Off to a Great Start - Will Greenway
Evaluating a Novel's Plot and Scenes - Frances Beckham
Five Fiction Mistakes that Can Spell Rejection - Moira Allen
From Beginning to End, A Fiction Format to Your Next Sale, by Shaunna Privratsky
How Long Should Your Story Be? - Lee Masterson
Keeping Your Story On Track with Style Sheets - Marg Gilks
Plotting Your Novel - Lee Masterson
Plunge Right In... Into Your Story, That Is! - Rekha Ambardar
Stories Within Stories - Victoria Grossack
Where to Begin? When, Where and How to Write a Prologue - Lital Talmor

Fillers, Quizzes, Games etc.
As Easy As ABC: Writing List Articles - Theresa O'Shea
Filling in on Fillers - Moira Allen
Five Steps to Writing Great Quizzes - Kelly James-Enger
Short Stuff for Children - Marie Cecchini
Six Tips on Selling Lists Articles - Kathryn Lay
Slogan Scribe - Jenna Glatzer
What's Your Writing IQ? (Fillers and Quizzes) - Marie E. Cecchini

Flash Fiction
The Flash Fiction Market - C.M. Saunders
Flash What? A Quick Look at Flash Fiction - Jason Gurley
Flashes of Brilliance: Writing Flash Fiction - Joan Popek
Flashes on the Meridian: Dazzled by Flash Fiction - Pamelyn Casto

Freelancing Tips - Misc
Filing Works in Progress - Barbara Weddle
How to Write Effectively for a Cause - Mary Emma Allen
Should You Specialize or Generalize? - Moira Allen
Take Your Specialty for a Spin - Moira Allen
Tickler Files Increase Your Success - Robert Moskowitz
Why Writers Need Their Holidays - Joyce Frohn
Writing to Trends - Susan Sundwall

Freelancing - Topical
Entertainment
Lights, Camera, Action! How to Get Paid to Write About Motion Pictures - Paul Armentano
Writing for the Gaming Industry - Melissa Brewer
Writing for Music Magazines - Ruth McHaney Danner
Writing for the Music Market - C.J. Chilvers
Environment
Going Green: Green Markets, Green Topics - Wenona Napolitano
Food/Cooking
10 Less Explored Types of Food Features - Aditi Bose
Cooking Up a Sale: Getting Into Recipe and Food Writing - Dawn Copeman
From Bananas to Blintzes: Writing about Diet, Nutrition and Food - Kelly James-Enger
Health
Here's to (Writing About) Your Health! - Jenna Glatzer
Writing for US and UK Health Publications - Rachel Newcombe
History, Family History, Local History, etc.
How to Break into the Burgeoning History Market - Sean McLachlan
How to Tell - and Sell - Your Ancestor's Life Story - Susie Yakowicz
Local History: A Lucrative Niche Market - Patricia Fry
People and Steeples: Writing Church Histories - Wendy Hobday Haugh
Writing for Family History Magazines - Rosemary Bennett
Parenting
How to Choose the Right Parenting Website for Your Writing - Aditi Bose
Personal Experiences
How to Turn "First Experiences" into "First Sales" - Moira Allen
Mastering the Personal Experience Article - Deborah Newton
Writing (and Selling) Personal Experience Articles - Moira Allen
Pets
How to Write for Pet Magazines - Moira Allen
Writing for Pet Markets: An Interview with Moira Allen - Kelly Milner
List of Paying Pet Markets - Moira Allen
Profiles
Crafting the Perfect Profile - John Rains
Procedures, Perks and Pitfalls of Profile Writing - Shirley Byers Lalonde
Six Tips for Writing Celebrity Profiles - Kayleen Reusser
Writing Mini-Profiles for Maximium Profit - Lisa Beamer
Misc
Writing an Obituary: How Your Words Can Heal The Grief-stricken - Jeanine DeHoney
Writing Comic Books - Barry Lyga
See also "Christian Writing," "Fillers," "Travel Writing"

Full-Time Writing
Balancing Act: Ten Reasons to Keep Your Day Job - Denene Brox
Making the Leap from a "Real Job" to Freelancing - Kathy Sena
To Plunge or Not to Plunge? - Moira Allen
Fifty Tips on Taking the Plunge - Moira Allen
Ready to Quit Your Day Job? - Hasmita Chander
To Job or Not To Job: A Writer's Question - Antonio Graceffo

Ghostwriting
The Invisible Writer: The Art of Becoming a Ghost - Moira Allen
More Tips on Becoming an Effective Ghost - Moira Allen
Why We Mumble (Plus Tips on Using a Ghostwriter)

Goals and Goal-Setting
Bite-Size Resolutions - Moira Allen
Building a Writer's Business Plan - Moira Allen
Goals Are Worthless If... - Brian Jud
Setting Effective Writing Goals - Moira Allen

Grammar & Punctuation
Avoiding Comma Confusion - Moira Allen
Connect with Conjunctions - Victoria Grossack
Grammar Gaffes and How to Avoid Them - Marg Gilks
Grammar Griping - Victoria Grossack
Grammar Groping - Victoria Grossack
Grammar Matters! - Moira Allen
Handling Gerunds (and Their Relatives) - Dawn Copeman
HUMOR: How To Write Really Bad Fiction and Enjoy The Benefits of Rapid Rejection - Hank Quense
Kill the Adverbs! - Kathleen Ewing
My Sister, Eileen... or My Sister Eileen? Understanding the Apposite Phrase - Moira Allen
Parsing Paragraphs - Victoria Grossack
Pondering Personal Pronouns - Victoria Grossack
Punctuating Dialogue - Marg Gilks
Tense Matters: Verbs in the Past, Present, and Future - Victoria Grossack

Grants, Awards, Funding and Residencies
Digging for Gold: Researching Awards for Your Book - Naomi C. Rose
Grants, Fellowships, & Residencies - Megan Potter
International Grant Resources - C. Hope Clark
Retreat! How to Get Away to Write - C. Hope Clark
They'll Pay Me to Write my Novel? Six Steps to Help You Win a Fiction Grant - Elizabeth Creith

Greeting Cards
Boost Your Income by Writing & Selling Greeting Card Ideas - Sandy Forbes
Breaking into the Greeting Card Market - Shery Ma Belle Arrieta
Breaking into the Spanish-Language Greeting Card Market - Susana Baughman
Getting Your Greeting Card Line to Market - Karen Moore
Going for the Knockout Punch(line) - Nadia Ali
Greeting Cards: Writing that's Short and Sweet - Marie Cecchini
Slogan Scribe - Jenna Glatzer
Writing for the Electronic Greeting Card Market: An Interview with Nadia Ali - Moira Allen

Ideas
Five Unusual Places to Look for Article Ideas - Chryselle D'Silva Dias
25 Unique Places to Find Story Ideas - Michelle Giles
Where Oh Where Are All the Good Article Ideas? - Patricia Fry

Income & Expenses
Handling a Windfall Profit - Moira Allen
Handling Writing Income and Expenses - Moira Allen

Income - Increasing
Boost Your Bottom Line - Mridu Khullar
Eight Things that Can Go Wrong for a Freelance Writer (And What to Do About Them) - Patricia Fry
The Key to Success: Write More! - Lee Tobin McClain
Love Thy Enemy: How Your Competitors Can Help You Make Money - Devyani Borade
Movin' On Up: Graduating to Better Paying Markets - Audrey Faye Henderson
One Dozen Unique Ways to Make More Money - Patricia Fry
Recession-Proof Your Writing Business - Patricia Fry
Ten Tips to Reaching Financial Success as a Freelance Writer - Bev Bachel and Jennifer Lawler
Twenty Ways Writers Can Save Money - Mridu Khullar
Writing in a Recession - Dawn Copeman
See also "Payment Issues," "Record-Keeping"

International Business Issues
Handling an Overseas Writing Business - Moira Allen
How Much Is that In Dollars? The Financial Side of Writing for Foreign Publishers - Audrey Faye Henderson
Improving Your Global Image - Huw Francis
Networking Opportunities for International Writers - Ysabel de la Rosa
Reaching International Markets Electronically - Moira Allen
Selling International Rights - Moira Allen

International Freelancing
Don't Write Down to European Audiences! - Nancy Arrowsmith
Do Not Go Clueless Into That Strange Culture! - Ysabel de la Rosa
The Global Marketplace - Michael Sedge
India as a Writer's Market - Hasmita Chander
Writing for ESL Markets - Amy Chavez
Writing for the NGO Community - Kimberly Baldwin Radford
Writing for UK County Magazines - Rachel Newcombe
Writing for the UK Gardening Market - Rachel Newcombe
Writing for US and UK Health Publications - Rachel Newcombe

Interviews, Conducting
A Beginner's Guide to Interviewing - Dawn Copeman
Conducting Interviews - Moira Allen
Conducting E-mail Surveys and Interviews - Moira Allen
Conducting Interviews in International English - Ysabel de la Rosa
Creating an Expert File - Kathryn Lay
Don't Reach for Any Old Quote - John Rains
Expert-Finding Strategies Every Writer Needs to Know - Mridu Khullar
Finding UK Experts and Spokespeople - Rachel Newcombe
Getting Information from UK "PRs" - Rachel Newcombe
Interviewing American Artists for International Publications - Lawrence Schimel

Jobs, Finding
Internet Want Ads: Finding Writing Jobs Online, by Julie Bloss Kelsey
Job Hunting Strategies for the Expat Freelance Writer - Suchi Rudra

Journaling (see also "Creative Nonfiction," "Essays," "Memoir")
Grab That Memory Before It Slips Away! - Uma Girish
Keeping a Writer's Journal: 21 Ideas to Keep You Writing - Sheila Bender
Personally Speaking - Kathryn Lay
Twenty-Two Reasons to Turn to Your Journal for Catharsis and Creativity - Noelle Sterne

Journalism
How to Become a Foreign Correspondent -- Without Leaving Home! - Ysabel de la Rosa
How to Become an International News Reporter - Huw Francis
Make an Extra $1,000 a Month - Mridu Khullar
The Newspaper/Blog Connection - Sue Fagalde Lick
Newspapers: A Great Source of Freelance Opportunities - Sue Fagalde Lick
Participatory Journalism for Magazines and Newspapers - Larry Atkins
Why Write for Newspapers? - Sue Fagalde Lick

Libel
What Is Libel? - David Taylor
Writing About "Real" People - Robert Moskowitz

Literary Fiction
Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Submitting to Literary Journals - Jocelyn Kerr
To Lit or Not to Lit? - Moira Allen
What Is Literary Fiction? Literary Editors Share Their Views - Moira Allen
What Is Magical Realism, Really? - Bruce Holland Rogers
Writing Experimental Fiction: Leaving the Problem Out of the Plot - Tantra Bensko

Manuscript Format and Submission
E-mail Queries and Submissions: How to Keep Editors Happy - Moira Allen
A Quick Guide to Manuscript Format - Moira Allen

Market Research, General
Affordable Market Resources for International Writers - Hasmita Chander
Bread and Butter Markets - Moira Allen
Exploring New Markets - Moira Allen
Finding Sample Magazines - Without Breaking the Bank - Moira Allen
Fundamentals of Fiction: Finding Markets for Your Fiction - Marg Gilks
How to Study a Magazine You've Never Seen - Mridu Khullar
Organizing and Maintaining Your Market Notes - Hasmita Chander
Research, Track and Conquer: How to Research Short Fiction Markets, Track Submissions, and Ultimately Get Published - Joseph Thomas
Researching Markets: Looking Beyond the Obvious - Karen Luna Ray
Small Press Magazines: Should You Bother? - Bruce Boston
A Smorgasbord of Markets - Penny Ehrenkranz
Targeting the Wrong Markets: The New Writer's Most Common Mistake - Moira Allen
Who's Who on the Magazine Masthead - Moira Allen
Yes, You Can Make Money Writing Fiction - Patricia Fry

Memoir, Biography & Autobiography (see also "Creative Nonfiction")
Grab That Memory Before It Slips Away! - Uma Girish
How to Keep your Memoir Writing Sharp and Vital - Dr. Allan Hunter
How to Write a Travel Memoir - Aditi Bose
Portrait of a Relative - Ruth Danner
Writing a Family History - Moira Allen
Writing From Anticipation - Sheila Bender

Mysteries
Anything You Say... Tips for Effective Dialogue - Stephen Rogers
Beginings, Middles and Ends: Crafting the Mystery - Stephen Rogers
BulletProof Your Short Mysteries: Editors Tell You How! - Michael Bracken
Conducting Forensic Research: A Tutorial For Mystery Writers - Hilary Conner
Don't Drop Clues; Place Them Carefully! Stephen Rogers
Don't Fire Blanks: Aim for Accuracy in Your Mystery! - Stephen Rogers
Don't Shoot Holes in Your Credibility (What You Need to Know About Firearms) - John Rains
A Field Guide to Genre Writers' Organizations - Catherine Lundoff
Find the Motive, Find the Killer! - Stephen Rogers
From Cozy to Caper: A Guide to Mystery Genres - Stephen Rogers
Knock 'Em Dead -- Laughing! - Stephen Rogers
Murder or Suicide? How You (and Your Detective) Can Tell the Difference - Michelle Acker
Reading to Write: Staying in Touch with Mystery Fiction - Stephen Rogers
Red Herrings - Stephen Rogers
Researching the Mystery Short Story - John Floyd
The Scene of the Crime: Choosing Your Setting - Stephen Rogers
Somebody Call a Cop! Writing About Law Enforcement - Stephen Rogers
What Is a Mystery Short Story? And How Do You Write One? - John Floyd
White Collar Crime - Stephen Rogers
Writing the Cozy Mystery - Stephen Rogers
Writing Erotic Mysteries - Michael Bracken
Writing the PI Mystery - Stephen Rogers

Names - See Character Naming

Networking
Being There (editorial) - Audrey Henderson
The Buddy System - Carol Sjostrom Miller
Networking and Promotion at a Writer's Conference - Debby Ridpath Ohi
Networking and Promotion: Blending Old Tools and New - Dee-Ann LeBlanc
Networking Opportunities for International Writers - Ysabel de la Rosa
Speak Out: Networking through Speaking at Writing Conferences - Tami Cowden
Ten Great Reasons (Plus One) to Attend a Writers' Conference - by Susan Denney
Using Informational Interviews to Advance Your Career - Terri Mrosko

Outlines & Synopses
The Outline Demystified - Moira Allen
To Outline or Not to Outline - Tim Hallinan
Why Do I Need an Outline? - Cheryl Sloan Wray
Your Story Outline: What It's All About - Rekha Ambardar

Payment Issues
FICO Scores for Clients? How to gauge the probability of getting paid for your work - Jennifer Brown Banks
How to Make Sure You Get Your Check - Felicia Hodges
Should You Write for Free? - Moira Allen
When Clients Don't Pay - Melissa Brewer
Seven Signs That You Need to Break Up With a Client - Jennifer Brown Banks

Permissions
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Permissions - Brandon Trissler
Top Ten Questions About Copyright Permissions - David Taylor
Understanding Fair Use - John Savage
Using Song Lyrics - Dawn Copeman
Writing About "Real" People - Robert Moskowitz
See also "Copyright," "Rights"

Photography
Eight Steps to Professional Travel Photos - Bob Difley
Expanding Your Range as a Writer with Your Camera - Audrey Faye Henderson
Picture Perfect: Using Photos to Sell Your Articles - Christine Ridout
Using a Camera to Collect Stock Images - It's a Snap! - Gail Kavanagh

Plagiarism
Copyright Infringement: A Question of Give and Take - Moira Allen
Copyright Infringement: Once More, with Slightly Sharper Teeth - Moira Allen
Don't Do Us Any Favors -- Don't Steal Our work! - Moira Allen
Plagiarism, Copyright, and the Eighteenth Century - Jack Lynch
Protecting Your Work from Electronic Pirates - Charles Petit
Research or Plagiarism? - Moira Allen
Someone Stole My Article! What To Do When It Happens To You - Moira Allen
Using Another Writer's Ideas - Dawn Copeman (survey)
Will an Editor Steal Your Ideas? - Moira Allen
Writing under the Influence: Inspiration, Plagiarism and Homage - Victoria Grossack
Your Prose or Mine - Have You Ever Been Tempted to Plagiarise? - Devyani Borade

Poetry
Cowboy Poetry - Kennerly Clay
Critiquing Poetry (Including Your Own) - Gwyneth Box
Five Tips on Translating Poetry - Jennifer Liddy
Give Me a Meter, I'll Take a Foot - Tami Krueger
Poetic Forms: The Ballad - Conrad Geller
Poetic Forms: The Sonnet - Conrad Geller
Poetic Forms: The Triolet - Conrad Geller
Poetic Forms: The Villanelle - Conrad Geller
So You Wanna Be a Children's Poet... - Linda Phillips
Some Thoughts on Free Verse, Part I: The Line - Lawrence Schimel
Some Thoughts on Free Verse, Part II: The Shape of the Poem - Lawrence Schimel
Some Thoughts on Meter - Lawrence Schimel
Some Thoughts on Fun and Verse - Lawrence Schimel
Some Thoughts on Nontraditional Forms - Lawrence Schimel
Some Thoughts on the Sestina - Lawrence Schimel
Three Bad Reasons to Write Poetry - and One Great One! - Conrad Geller
Three Classic Welsh Poetry Forms - Tami Krueger
Turning Your Day Job Into Poetry - Shanna Germain
Visual Poetics - Nirmaldasan
Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway? - Dana Mitchell
Writing in Rhyme For Children - Laura Backes
Writing Speculative Poetry: An Interview with Bruce Boston - John Amen
Writing the 'Not-So-Simple' Haiku - Patricia Spork
See also "Greeting Cards

Point of View/Perspective
Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid "Stepping Out of Character" - Marg Gilks
Headhopping, Authorial Intrusion, and Shocked Expressions - Anne Marble
My Point of View on Point of View (Part One) - Victoria Grossack
My Point of View on Point of View, Part II
- Victoria Grossack
Viewpoint, Perspective and Time - Will Greenway
When "First Person" Is the Last Person You Need - Moira Allen

Press Releases & Press Kits
Creating an Author Press Kit - Debby Ridpath Ohi
The Essential Components of the Media Kit - Ink Tree Ltd.
Seven Steps to a Great Press Release - Elizabeth Hanes
Turning Press Releases into Publishing Profits - Brian Jud

Press Trips - See "Travel Writing

Print on Demand (POD) Publishing
Designing a Print-on-Demand Cover, by Cathi Stevenson
DIY Publishing: Formatting Your Book for Lulu.com - Moira Allen
How to Format Your Self-Published Book - Moira Allen
POD Books from the Publisher's Perspective - Sean McLachlan
The POD Quandary: How to Decide if Print-on-Demand Publishing is Right for You - Brenda Rollins
Ten Questions to Ask Before You Sign that Print-on-Demand Contract - Sue Fagalde Lick
To POD or Not to POD: Some Pros and Cons - Moira Allen

Promotion
Build Your Writing Business Through Testimonials - Jennifer Brown Banks
Developing a Pitch Message - Hank Quense
Digging for Gold: Researching Awards for Your Book - Naomi C. Rose
Five Steps to Developing Your Writing Brand - Sonya Carmichael Jones
How To Promote Your Self-Published Book (survey response) - Dawn Copeman
If You Give It Away, Will They Still Respect You in the Morning? - MaryJanice Davidson
Let Them See Your Title: Publicizing Your Children's Book - Noelle Sterne
Marketing Your First Nonfiction Book - Ann Brandt
Marketing Your Novel: Building the "Buzz" - Marilyn Henderson
The Missing Links to Successful Authorship - Patricia Fry
Promote Your Book Through Magazine and Ezine Articles - Patricia Fry
Promoting Your Book: Are You Doing the Right Job? - Moira Allen
Promoting Your Book Through Bookstores - Do You Need a Publicist? - Debby Ridpath Ohi
Promote Your Book with Angle Articles - Dawn Colclasure
The Simple Art of Saying Thank You - Patricia Ash
Ways to Profit from Writing for Free - Audrey Faye Henderson
What Do You Write? Using Writers' Platforms to Establish Subject Matter Credibility - Audrey Faye Henderson
Who Are You? How to Write a Good Bio - Devyani Borade
Writing Your Bio - Terje Johansen
Your Publicity Photo - Patricia Fry

Fairs and Festivals, and Conferences
Networking and Promotion at a Writer's Conference - Debby Ridpath Ohi
School Bookfairs: A Great Opportunity for Market Research - Carol Baldwin
Selling Your Books at a Booth, Part I: Ten Tips for Success - Belea T. Keeney
Selling Your Books at a Booth, Part II: Working the Booth - Belea T. Keeney
Speak Out: Networking through Speaking at Writing Conferences - Tami Cowden
Ten Tips for a Successful Reading - Jim Hines

Mailing Lists & Contact Lists
Building a Customer Mailing List - Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Mailing Lists: Their Uses and Abuses - Anne Marble
Making a List, Checking it Twice: How to Find Promotional Contacts - Debby Ridpath Ohi
See also "Blogs," "Book Reviews," "Book Signings," "Branding," "Press Releases," "Public Speaking & Media Appearances," "Websites & Social Media"

Pseudonyms
Pseudonyms, Pseudonyms and More Pseudonyms - Moira Allen (tips from The Writing Desk)
Pseudonyms: 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Pen Name - Adrienne DeWolfe
Should You Use a Pseudonym? - Moira Allen
Using Pseudonyms - Dawn Copeman (survey)

Public Speaking, Media Appearances & Interviews
Getting on the Air - Brian Jud
Handling the Media Interview - Michelle Giles
Handling TV Interviews - Vera Marie Badertscher
Help! I'm Going to Be on TV! - Barbara Florio Graham
How to Appear Your Best on TV - Brian Jud
How to Be a Great Radio Guest! - Larry James
Preparing for an Interview - Debby Ridpath Ohi
Promote Your Book Through Alternate Speaking Venues - Patricia Fry
Promoting Your Book Through Telephone Interviews - Brian Jud
Radio Station Checklist: Stuff You Need to Know Before You Go on the Air! - Larry James
The Seven C's of Media Appearances - Brian Jud
Speak Out: Networking through Speaking at Writing Conferences - Tami Cowden
Speak Up for Your Writing - Donnell King
Speaking Without Butterflies - Moira Allen
Using Your Best VOICES on the Air - Brian Jud
What to Do When Someone Interviews you - Moira Allen
When Authors Engage in Public Speaking - Patricia Fry
See also "Promotion"

Publisher, Finding
10 Steps Toward Finding a Publisher - Moira Allen
The Elephant in the Room: Marketing Your Children's Manuscript - Peggy Tibbetts
Enhance Your Publishing IQ - Marilyn Henderson
A Quick Guide to Manuscript Format - Moira Allen
Proposing a Nonfiction Book
The Art of Assembling Anthologies - Arlene Uslander and Brenda Warneka
Cast the Vision for Your Book - W. Terry Whalin
Building a Book from Your Columns or Articles - Mary Emma Allen
Selling Your Nonfiction Book, Part I: Finding the Right Publisher - Moira Allen
Selling Your Nonfiction Book, Part II: Making Your Pitch - Moira Allen
Selling Your Nonfiction Book, Part III: Check the Competition on Amazon! - Moira Allen
Two Sample Book Proposals
Preparing a Novel Synopsis
How to Write a Novel Synopsis - Marg Gilks
Writing a Synopsis from the Ground Up - Dee-Ann Latona LeBlanc
See also: "Agents," "E-Publishing," "Print on Demand Publishing," "Self-Publishing," "Subsidy Publishing"

Queries, Cover Letters & Submissions
Cover Letters: When, How and Why to Use Them - Moira Allen
Cover Me - I'm Going In! - John Floyd
Five Letters Every Writer Will Need - Rose Ross Zediker
How to Write a Successful Query - Moira Allen
E-mail Queries and Submissions: How to Keep Editors Happy - Moira Allen
The Letter of Introduction: An Alternative to the Query - Shelley Divnich Haggert
Pros and Cons of Simultaneous Submissions - Moira Allen
Queries vs. Articles: Which is Best? - Moira Allen
Using Letters of Introduction to Land Assignments with Trade Publications - Denene Brox
Who's Who on the Magazine Masthead - Moira Allen
See also "Manuscript Format"

Reading & Books
A Classical Education, At Last - Moira Allen
Creating New Readers - Moira Allen
A Mother's Gift (The Gift of Reading) - Moira Allen
Permanence vs. Accessibility (or, Books vs. Web) - Moira Allen
Reading to Write: Staying in Touch with Mystery Fiction - Stephen Rogers
Ruminations of the Book Dinosaur - Moira Allen
So Many Books, So Little Time - Moira Allen
Why We Do What We Do - Moira Allen

Record-Keeping
Back Up Your Writing - And the Rest of Your Life! - Moira Allen
Filing Works in Progress - Barbara Weddle
Keeping Records - Moira Allen
Task-Based Logs - The Most Useful Method of Record Keeping - Laurie Lewis
We Never Think It Will Happen... (Protecting your files and photos from a disaster) - Moira Allen

Rejection
Coping with Rejection - Moira Allen
How to Repurpose Your Rejection - Isabella E.C. Akinseye
Mining the Rejection Pile for Gold - Ann Brandt
The Power of Rejection - Moira Allen
Why You Get Form Rejection Letters - Jenna Glatzer

Reprints
Can I Sell a Previously Published Article? - Moira Allen
Making the Most of Your Inventory (Selling Reprints) - Dana Cassell
Marketing Reprints Through International Syndication: An Interview with Sheila O'Connor - Moira Allen
One Article, Many Checks: Selling Reprints - Kelly James-Enger
Selling Reprints - Moira Allen

Research
Accuracy in Fiction, Part I: Does Accuracy Matter? - Moira Allen
Accuracy in Fiction, Part II: Accuracy... It's Not Just for Nonfiction Anymore! - Moira Allen
Facts in Fiction - Victoria Grossack
Historical Research for Fiction Writers - Catherine Lundoff
It's Interesting -- But Is It Accurate? (The Perils of Online Information) - Moira Allen
Partly Cloudy, Scattered Showers: Setting the Scene with Weather - Larissa Ione
"Prove" Your Story with Evidence - Sue Fagalde Lick
A Research Primer for Historical Fiction Writers - Erika Dreifus
Tips on Searching the Web - Moira Allen
Why Libraries Still Matter - Ellen Metter
Write What You Don't Know Know - Sean McLachlan
Write What You Know -- Because You Know More than You Think! - Marg Gilks
For genre-specific research tips, see "Mystery," "Romance," "Speculative Fiction"

Resumes, CVs & Publication Lists
Creating a Writer's Resume - Moira Allen
Presenting Your Portfolio - Mandy Hougland
Presenting Your Portfolio, Part II: What to Include - Mandy Hougland

Rights
Increase Your Market with a Creative Commons License - Josh Smith
Rights: What They Mean and Why They're Important - Marg Gilks
The Rights and Wrongs of Blogging for Pay - Dawn Copeman
Selling All Rights: Right or Wrong? - Moira Allen
Selling International Rights - Moira Allen
Understanding Rights and Copyright - Moira Allen
See also "Copyright"

Romance
Building Humor into Your Romance - Anne M. Marble
Clichés to Avoid -- Or Reconstruct - Anne M. Marble
Conflict and Resolution in the Romance Novel - Linda Shertzer
Conflicted About Conflict? - Anne M. Marble
Creating Great Heroes and Heroines - Anne M. Marble
Don't Treat Your Characters Like Puppets! - Anne M. Marble
Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romances - Anne M. Marble
Foreshadowing and Suspense - Anne M. Marble
How Not to Create a Villain - Anne M. Marble
How not to Yank Your Reader Out of the Story! - Anne M. Marble
Research Flaws in Romance Novels - Anne M. Marble
Romance Plots from the Classics - Anne M. Marble
Seduce Your Reader with the Perfect Title! - Anne M. Marble
The Subgenres of Romance - Anne M. Marble
Story-Starters: Ten Ways to Jump-Start Your Plot - Anne M. Marble
Time-Travel Romances - Anne M. Marble
What's My Line? Character Professions in the Romance - Anne M. Marble
When (and How) To Break the Rules - Anne M. Marble
Women's Fiction vs. Romance: A Tale of Two Genres - Lisa Craig
Writing Emotional Scenes Without Melodrama - Anne M. Marble
Writing Romantic Comedy - Shirley Kawa-Jump
Writing Romantic Dialogue - Anne M. Marble
Love, Sex and Erotica
Is Erotica Right for You? - Tracy Cooper-Posey
Keeping it Sweet While Turning Up the Heat - MaryJanice Davidson
Sizzling, Sensuous and Steamy: How to Write Love Scenes - Carolyn Campbell
Ten Essentials for Writing Love Scenes - Anne M. Marble
Twenty Steps to Writing Great Love Scenes - Karen Wiesner
Writing and Selling Erotic Fiction - Catherine Lundoff
Interviews with Romance Authors
Diana Gabaldon - Sue Perry
Kim Headlee - Moira Allen
Teresa Medeiros - Gayle Trent
Fern Michaels - Gayle Trent
JoAnn Ross - Gayle Trent

Scams
Watch Out for Web Scams! - Moira Allen
Writing Contests: When Winners are Losers - Moira Allen

Screen- and Script-Writing
21 Ways to Better Your Chances of Winning Screenplay Contests - Elizabeth English
Creating Character and Characterization in Screenplays - Elizabeth English
Evaluating Your Movie Idea - Laura Brennan
The Field of Dreams: Conflict as Metaphor in Screenplays - Elizabeth English
From Novel to Screenplay: The Challenges of Adaptation - Lynne Pembroke and Jim Kalergis
How to Develop Your Premise into a Compelling Script - Kathryn McCullough
The Making of a Hollywood Film: A Guide for Screenwriters - Elizabeth English
Securing Film Rights to Published Material - Lenore Wright
What is Coverage? - Kathryn McCullough
Writing the Prize-Winning Script - Laura Brennan
Writing the TV Spec Script - Laura Brennan
The Screening Room: Q&A on Screenwriting by Laura Brennan
How Can I Sell Scripts to a Show I Love?
How Do You Get Your First Job?
Should I Produce My Own Films?
Turning a Novel into a Screenplay
Pitch, Outline, Synopsis or Treatment?
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Should I Pay an Agent to Rewrite my Script? What if My Idea Is Stolen?
Pitching an Educational Reality Show
Contacting Actors; Writing from Outside Hollywood
Turning a Short Story into an Animated Film; Paying a Writer for a Treatment
Should I Write My Own Screenplay from my Novel?
Of Agents and E-mails
Pitching to a Network
Where Do I Start?
Compensation for Options
Must I Write a Screenplay to Sell My Story Idea?
Feature Agents; Pitching a Reality Show
Becoming (and Remaining) a Working Writer

Self-Publishing
Self-Publishing FAQ - Moira Allen
Choosing a Self-Publishing Company - Ray Robinson
Designing a Print-on-Demand Cover, by Cathi Stevenson
DIY Publishing: Formatting Your Book for Lulu.com - Moira Allen
Features vs. Benefits, or "Why Should I Buy Your Book?" - Brian Jud
Finding Special Sales for Self-Published Books - Brian Jud
How to Format Your Self-Published Book - Moira Allen
Why Self-Publish? An Interview With Richard Paul Evans - Carolyn Campbell
Marketing Your Book by Direct Mail - Brian Jud
Sell More Books with a Powerful Back Cover - Judy Cullins
Why Some Books Don't Work Well in Bookstores - Mary Westheimer
See also "Print on Demand"

SEO & Content Writing
Be Careful Out There! - Dawn Copeman
Content Writing - Dawn Copeman (survey response)
Grasping for Pennies - Moira Allen (editorial)
Writing to Pay the Bills - Audrey Faye Henderson
Writing to Pay the Bills - An Update - Audrey Faye Henderson

Series - Writing a
Planning the Series Novel - Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson
The Writer's Marathon: Seven Challenges to a Successful Series - Victoria Grossack
Lynn Flewelling: Writing the World of the Series - Moira Allen

Social Media & Author Websites
Create a Website that Works for You - Barbara Florio Graham
Creating an E-mail Newsletter - Moira Allen
Creating an Online Portfolio - Moira Allen
The Disappearing Writer - Moira Allen
Do You Have a Website? - Audrey Faye Henderson
Do You Need an Author Website? - Moira Allen
How Social Media Helps Writers - Penny J. Leisch
How to Use Social Proof to Win Clients and Influence Buyers (when you're not "social media" active) - Jennifer Brown Banks
Networking and Promotion: Blending Old Tools and New - Dee-Ann LeBlanc
Promoting Your Book on the Internet - Moira Allen
Social Media: Getting Back to Basics - Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
Starting the Buzz Before Your Book Hits the Shelves - MaryJanice Davidson
Taking Advantage of Amazon's Marketing Programs - Niki Behrikis Shanahan
Virtual Book Tours: A Five-Step Planning Process - Mohamed Mughal
See also "Blogs," "Promotion"

Speculative Fiction (SF, Fantasy, Horror)
Blending Fiction and History - Paula Fleming
Dialogue in Speculative Fiction: When Space Bugz Speakie Funnie and Other Problems - Paula Fleming
A Field Guide to Genre Writers' Organizations - Catherine Lundoff
Finessing the Infodump - Paula Fleming
The Future of Science Fiction and Fantasy - Michele Acker
Using Current Events in Speculative Fiction - Paula Fleming
Using History: We Know Stuff Happens, but How? - Paula Fleming
What Does Your Protagonist Want? - Paula Fleming
What "Type" Is Your Character? - Paula Fleming
What's in a Name? - Moira Allen
Science Fiction
Aliens: Relatives of Ours? - Paula Fleming
Science Fiction: The Literature of Ideas - Marg Gilks, Paula Fleming, Moira Allen
(Includes "Timelines of SF Ideas," by Marg Gilks)
Setting: The Key to Science Fiction, by Bruce Boston
Sex in SF - Paula Fleming
The Subgenres of Science Fiction - Marg Gilks, Moira Allen
Weird Science: Stranger than Fiction - Paula Fleming
Fantasy
The Care and Feeding of Fictional Horses, by Mary K. Wilson
Contemporary Fantasy: Setting the Fantastic in the Everyday World - Paula Fleming
Creating a Realistic Fantasy World - Penny Ehrenkranz
Creative Uses of Magic in Your Fantasy Story - Philip Martin
Mixing Science and Magic: A Recipe for Disaster? - Paula Fleming
The Numberless Hordes: Keeping Your Fantasy Armies a Little Less Fantastic - John Savage
Shapeshifters: When It's Time to Shift the Story's Shape - Paula Fleming
What Is Magical Realism, Really? - Bruce Holland Rogers
What's the Magic Word: Defining the Sources, Effects and Costs of Magic - Lital Talmor
Horror
Do Werewolves Wear Shoes? Building Successful Horror Characters, by Shaunna Privratsky
How To Write Today's Horror, Part I: The Seeds of Horror - David Taylor
How To Write Today's Horror, Part II: What Readers Want - David Taylor
How To Write Today's Horror, Part III: What Readers Don't Want - David Taylor
Just in Time for Halloween: The Dark Fiction Market - C.M. Saunders
What Makes a Horror Writer? - Elizabeth Peake
Market Tips
Finding Good Markets, Avoiding Bad Ones - Paula Fleming
Writing for Themed Anthologies - Paula Fleming
Interviews:
Kevin J. Anderson - Lynne Jamneck
Piers Anthony: Master of Punmanship - Moira Allen
Bruce Boston: Writing Speculative Poetry - John Amen
David Brin - Lynne Jamneck
Orson Scott Card: On Religion in SF and Fantasy - Moira Allen
Jeanne Cavelos - Lynne Jamneck
Douglas Clegg - Lynne Jamneck
Kate Elliott: An Eye for Detail - Moira Allen
Lynn Flewelling - Lynne Jamneck
Lynn Flewelling: Writing the World of the Series - Moira Allen
Ursula Le Guin: Steering Her Craft - Faith Justice
Anne McCaffrey - Lynne Jamneck
Susan Sizemore: Writing with Bite - Moira Allen
Gordon Van Gelder, editor of Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine - Lynne Jamneck

Subsidy Publishing
The Price of Vanity - Moira Allen
Should You Pay for Publication? - Moira Allen
Subsidy Publishing: Sacrificing the Dream - Tina Morgan
Subsidy Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What's the Difference? - Moira Allen
See also "E-Publishing," "Print on Demand Publishing"

Success, Defining
Fireworks or a Working Fire? (Or, Bestsellerdom vs. Longsellerdom) - Moira Allen
How Do You Define Success? - Moira Allen
Our Reach and Our Grasp - Moira Allen
Prophets Without Honor - Moira Allen
The Secret of Success (or, Education & Experience) - Moira Allen
The Secret of Success - Moira Allen
What Do You Want on Your Tombstone? - Moira Allen
Whether to Be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching... - Moira Allen

Surveys
Late Bloomers - Dawn Copeman
Our Readers' New Year's Resolutions 2007 - Dawn Copeman
Technology or Old Fashioned Ways? - Dawn Copeman (survey)
What Do You Say To People Who Think Writing isn't a 'Real' Job? - Dawn Copeman

Synopsis - see Publisher, Finding

Technical Writing
13 Tips on How to Tech-Talk to Non-Techies - Hasmita Chander
Digital and Personal Tech: Writing for The Next Generation of Technical Magazines - Mridu Khullar
Indexing Technical Documents: An Interview with Lori Lathrop - Barbara Vega
Looking for Work as a Scientific Communicator - Geoff Hart
Marketing the Wily Technical Writer - Michael Knowles
The Mythical, Magical Number 7 in Technical Writing - Geoff Hart
Succeeding as a Technical Writer - Michael Knowles
Technical Writers: It's OK to Lie to Your Readers -- a Little! - Geoff Hart

Time Management
Eliminating Timewasters - Moira Allen
Deck the Halls... and Clear the Decks! - Moira Allen
The Dither Factor - Moira Allen
Enforcing Boundaries: Making Sure Others Respect Your "Right to Write" - Kristi Holl
Finding Time to Write - Moira Allen
Freestyle Writing: The Psychology of Accomplishing Big Projects - Steve Aedy
Get Your Writing Life on Track with To-Do Lists - Moira Allen
How Writing Every Day Keeps You Writing... Every Day! - Dana Mitchells
I Could Be A Writer, Too - If I Only Had The Time - Roberta Roesch
Is It January Again? Eliminating Timewasters - Moira Allen
Is Multitasking Good for Writers? - Moira Allen
Juggling Hamsters: Tips for the Busy Writer - Eugie Foster
Mid-Year Course Adjustments - Moira Allen
A New Year, a Blank Book - Moira Allen
Organizing Your Writing Time - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz
Spring Cleaning [Organizing Your Projects] - Moira Allen
Take Control of Your Schedule! - Geoff Hart
Take Control of Your Time! - Kelle Campbell
Taking Time Off: Planning a Vacation - Denene Brox
Tips from the Procrastination Princess - Mridu Khullar
Too Busy Writing to Write - Moira Allen
Writing Time: A Vital Luxury - Moira Allen
When I Have Time... - Moira Allen
Where Did The Year Go? (Tracking Your Writing Time) - Moira Allen
A Writing Plan for the New Year - Shaunna Privratsky

Titles
Choosing the Right Name for Your Story - John Floyd
Titles for Your Texts - Victoria Grossack
Seduce Your Reader with the Perfect Title! - Anne M. Marble
Titles Sell Books! - Judy Cullins
What Every Writer Needs to Know About Article Titles - Julie K. Cohen

Toolbox, Writer's
Make Your iPhone a Writer's Notebook - Lisha Cauthen
Old School Tech for Today's Writers - Dawn Copeman
Old-School Tools For Today's Writers: Save time and earn more using these three near-extinct skills - Tiffany Jansen
A Pair of Handy Freebies - Moira Allen
Technology or Old Fashioned Ways? - Dawn Copeman (survey)
There's No Free Lunch -- But There Is Free Software! - Des Nnochiri

Trade Magazines
Using Letters of Introduction to Land Assignments with Trade Publications - Denene Brox
Writing for Real Estate Trade Magazines - Dan Rafter
Writing for Trade Magazines - Mark Lamendola

Translations
Five Tips on Translating Poetry - Jennifer Liddy
How to Get Your Work Translated Properly - Jim Pierce
How to Succeed Writing Spanish-Language Greeting Cards - Susanna Baughman
How to Use an Interpreter - Nancy Tangemann
Is "Intercultural" Communication a Moot Point? - Geoff Hart
Launching a Translation Career - Maya Mirsky
Learning a Language Without Lessons - Ysabel de la Rosa
Preserving Your Words in Translation - Jennifer Hutchins
Providing Glossaries for Your Translator - Lawrence Schimel
Writing in International English - Martin Schell

Travel & Regional Writing
Bylines from Near and Far: Travel Writing in 2009-2010 - Myrna Oakley
Do's and Don'ts of Travel Writing - Jennifer Stewart
How to Write a Travel Memoir - Aditi Bose
How to Write an In-Depth City Logistics Article - Barbara Weddle
How to Write the Perfect Road-Trip Article - Barbara Weddle
Increase Your Income by Writing Close to Home - Patricia Fry
Looking for Travel Sidebars - Jack Adler
Travel that Pays - Kayleen Reusser
The Untraveled Travel Writer - Isabel Viana
Writing Opportunities on the Road - Susan Miles
Information Sources
Four Ways to Use Visitor Centers and Welcome Centers as Sources of Information - Barbara Weddle
Tourism Authorities: The Travel Writer's Best Friend - Susan Miles
Markets
The Business of In-flights - Tim Lehnert
State Magazines: Ten Tips for Landing Great Features in Your Home Area - Sean McLachlan
Writing for UK Travel Magazines - Rachel Newcombe
Writing the World: Ten Tips to Breaking into the Guidebook Market, by Sean McLachlan
Press Trips
How to Organize Sponsored Travel - Susan Miles
How Writers Can Score Press Trips, by Roy A. Barnes
What's a Press Trip? A Travel-Writing FAQ - Kathryn Lemmon
Your First Press Trip: A Survival Guide - Erica Blair

Websites - see "Social Media"

Writer's Block
Facing Down Life Block - Donnell King
Fighting Writer's Block, Part I: Causes and Cures - David Taylor
Fighting Writer's Block, Part 2: Block Writing and Speed Writing - David Taylor
How to Beat Writer's Block - and Hone Your Skills! - Dawn Copeman
How to Break Writer's Block - Jacob Myers
Nine Anti-Muses and How to Placate Them - Victoria Grossack
Tapping Your Innate Creativity - Barbara Florio Graham
When the Writing's Going Well: Ten Remedies to Demolish an Unexpected Block - Noelle Sterne
Writer's Block: Is It All In Your Head? - Leslie What

The Writing Life
Are You Doing What You Love? - Moira Allen
Beating Burnout - Tips for Copywriters and Every Writer - Dawn Copeman
Climbing the Mountain - Moira Allen
Defining Your Writer Self - Mridu Khullar Relph (Guest Editorial)
The Dither Factor - Moira Allen
Excuses, Excuses... How to Guarantee Failure as a Writer - Lee Masterson
Feeling Guilty about Writing Too Much for Too Little? Shed the Guilt, Discover the Rewards - Susie Yakowicz
The Freedom of the Fourth - Moira Allen
Give Yourself a Gift - Dawn Copeman
Giving Something Back - Dawn Copeman
Giving Thanks - Or, Why Writers Are Still Needed - Moira Allen
Six Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work For You! - R.H. Ramsey
How to Show Your Gratitude to Other Writers - Maria Chatzi
Is Writing an Art or a Craft? - Moira Allen
It Looks So Easy...
Making Your Writing World Safe - Jane Anne Staw
Music to Write By - Indra Sena
Recharging the Writer Battery: Six Ways to Keep Going When Times Get Tough - Mindy Hardwick
The Second Time Around: Creativity vs. Drudgery (or, Facing the Second Draft - Moira Allen
So Many Dreams, So Little Time - Moira Allen
Stirring the Nest - Moira Allen
Ten Tips on Beating the Writing Blues - Lynn Alfino
Thanksgiving with a Twist - Moira Allen
'Tis the Season to Get Crafty - Moira Allen
Using Footpower to Boost Your Brainpower: How Walking Away Can Improve Your Writing, by Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant
The Vital Ingredient (Self-Belief) - Dawn Copeman
What's Wrong with The Writer? - Moira Allen (editorial)
What To Do When the Writing Motivation Wavers - Susan Miles
When Evil Empires Collide (Amazon vs. Hatchette) - Moira Allen
When Fear Gets in the Way - Moira Allen
When You're Not in the Mood to Write - Noelle Sterne
Write What You Want to Write! - Dawn Copeman
A Writer's Gotta Have Standards... - Moira Allen
Writers Anonymous: A 12 Step Program for Addicted Writers - Steff Green
Health for Writers
Avoiding Repetitive-Stress Injuries: A Writer's Guide - Geoff Hart
RSI: A Danger to Chronic Computer Users - Radhika Meganathan
Technology or Old Fashioned Ways? - Dawn Copeman
Yoga, Stretching and You - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

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