Teaser Post: Trust and Obey

by Kim Peterson

“Am I rich?” “Am I famous?” “Am I on a bestseller list?” Often, we writers ask questions like these as we try to measure our success. The problem? Most of you, like me, have to say no to these questions. Unless we’ve been fortunate enough to author beloved children’s books or a series of YA […]

Sneak Peek: Jenny L. Cote’s Presentations for W2I 2018

by Jenny L. Cote

“I did not think To show to all the World my Pen and Ink In such a mode; I only thought to make I knew not what: nor did I undertake Thereby to please my Neighbour; no not I, I did it mine ownself to gratifie.” —From John Bunyan’s “Apology” for Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan […]

Are You Willing to Be Rejected?

by Ava Pennington

Nobody likes to be rejected. And when we’ve poured ourselves into a writing project, only to see it rejected by agents and editors, it’s easy to take that rejection personally. “My manuscript isn’t good enough.” “My writing skills aren’t good enough.” “I’m not good enough.” Is that true? Before you believe the lie that you’re […]

Where to Submit Short Stories

by Grace Geide

Last week, we suggested three ways to celebrate Short Story Month. Maybe (we hope!) you’ve started writing your own short stories. Great! Now what? This week, we’d like to help you find places to submit short stories. Contests Whether you’re just starting to write short stories or have a cache of completed manuscripts, there’s a […]

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3 Ways to Celebrate Short Story Month

by Grace Geide

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“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” ―Neil Gaiman May is here, and that means it’s National Short Story Month! Short stories may be—well—short, but if done […]

How to Host a Virtual Book Launch Party

by Ava Pennington

Last month I talked about how to plan a physical book launch party. This month, let’s discuss how to host a virtual (online) book launch party using social media. You can plan a virtual party in place of a physical party, especially if finances are tight. Or your virtual launch can be in addition to a […]

Write2Ignite Conference Celebrates Success Stories!

Conference connections that helped launch authors' careers!

Maria Bostian: author of What Should Daisy Do? and Firefighters’ Busy Day As Write2Ignite Conference 2018 approaches, we want to highlight what we’re calling “Success Stories”: stories of past participants whose attendance at W2I led to specific contacts, published work, and even jobs! We often emphasize the benefits of attending a writing conference—benefits that include […]