Write What You Know

Guest post by author Victoria Allman. I’ve taken the advice of write what you know to heart. In Sea Fare, I write about my life as a yacht chef. For the past 12 years, I have been surrounded by water. I work on it. I live on it. Water has been my whole life since […]

How to Find a Literary Agent

Before the Internet, the world of the literary agency was like a secret little room somewhere far away to which very few held the key. I was constantly seeking the back door. I attended writer’s conferences where agents spoke on panels and I paid extra for one on one critique time. I practiced my pitch, the long […]

Must-Read Books for Aspiring Writers

One of my favorite books is Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird.” If you ever wanted to write, this is the book for you. Lamott’s guide through the writing process is funny and generous. If you read this book and you don’t put pen to paper…well…I just know you will-if you really want to write. Her […]

Inspiration by the Sea

Guest post by author Christine Lemmon “Within me—within all of us—are creative idea as infinite as the waves of the whispering sea.” ~Christine Lemmon I’m often asked how I get ideas for my writing. In attempting to answer that, I laugh and switch the subject. Articulating it is hard, but I know exactly how I […]

Sound the Retreat

Guest post by Author Ann Finkelstein I have attended several writing retreats and workshops. While they differed widely in style, location and content, each was valuable. When Gwen asked me to write a guest post on the benefits of writing retreats, I gladly accepted and listed some of the opportunities writing retreats provide. Show your […]

Best-Seller Blues

Guest post by Author J. L. Miles. I started my writing career when our children left home and my husband insisted they weren’t coming back unless they needed money. Previously, I wanted to be a movie star, but when the mirror confirmed that my theatrical-clock had not only stopped ticking, it was at the cemetery, […]

Today’s Writer: Online Marketing Pioneers

Image via Wikipedia If you’re a writer, you’re probably connected to social media in some way. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media channels provide writers of all genres real-time access to readers, so you better be on board. Today, you don’t have to be a best-selling author to have a following. All you need […]