How a blog post changed my writing business model

Over the years, I’ve wrestled with my identity as a writer. I earned an M.F.A. in writing children’s literature with the goal of writing young adult novels. Then, a story called Made of Shadows came along and I switched to paranormal romance. And then, recently, I realized that I wasn’t writing paranormal romance after all, […]

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Big Decisions: Self-Publishing

I’ve been writing full-time for over two years now–and part-time for many more. For the first two years, I was focused on finishing drafts and creating worlds. And then, earlier this year, something clicked. I realized I needed to think about how to get those stories into the world, into the hands of readers. So […]

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Make Your Blog Shine with Associated Press (AP) Style Tips

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Associated Press (AP) style, here’s what you need to know: The annually published AP Stylebook is the Holy Bible of journalism. It offers a sports reporter in Iowa City, a news blogger in Richmond, and a fashion editor in San Francisco a common set of guidelines to […]

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Rules for English Majors: What to do with an English degree

One of the favorite questions to ask a college student is, “So, what’s your major?” This is usually followed by, “What are your plans after you graduate?” With today’s talk about student-loan debt bubbles, high unemployment or under-employment rates for recent graduates, and the rising cost of a college education, the value of a college […]

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The Tax Man Cometh, Writer’s Edition

As we scratch our heads to recall the difference between a 1098 and a 1099, the writing life adds a whole other layer of complexity to filing our taxes. We’ve slaved away, dreaming of the day we’d see our darling stories in print. And then the day comes. And with it, comes the taxes. As […]

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