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We all make mistakes! So whether you’re new at using social media to promote your author brand or you’re an old pro at maintaining an author platform — sooner or later, you’re going to make an embarrassing typo or an even bigger social media slipup. Thankfully, we can learn from our errors. The social media experts know the best ways for writers to move on from awkward social media mistakes.

Step-By-Step Guide To Dealing With Awkward Social Media Mistakes

#1 Realize The Mistake

Always review your social media post immediately after making it live to ensure it’s exactly what you meant to share. This is the second-best time to…


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Every website needs an administrator assigned to perform necessary maintenance, implement security measures, create backups, and deal with functionality problems. While the website’s administrator role initially defaults to the person creating the account, it does take up time and requires some technical know-how — which can be intimidating for diehard digiphobes. Tech experts know that being a website’s administrator isn’t for everyone. Here’s how to determine if you have what it takes to be your author website’s administrator.

Should You Be Your Author Website’s Administrator?

The administrator is responsible for all the tasks that keep a website performing at its best:

· Makes changes to the theme…


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You’ve written, edited, proofread (and proofread again!) your short story, personal essay, or poem, and now you’re ready to share it with the world. The next step is to begin submitting your work to literary journals and magazines for publication! But where do you even begin? Should you submit to the well-known, big-name publications and face lots of rejection, or start small but risk losing clout? Research experts and submission strategists explain why the best option is to submit to literary journals in multiple tiers to boost your odds of getting published.

Here’s Why You Should Submit To Literary Journals In Multiple Tiers

Sure, it would be great to be published…


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We’ve all heard the phrase caveat emptor: buyer beware. And while it means shoppers should do some research before plunking down money on a dubious deal, in several situations it can also apply to writers! We’ve been around the publishing world long enough (over twenty-six years!) to know when something seems fishy. Here’s our list of situations where writers should be skeptical about “buying what they’re selling.”

Here’s When Writers Should Be Skeptical

Entering a writing contest: Reputable writing contests are a great way to gain publishing accolades worth mentioning in your cover and query letters. There are many legitimate contests for writers, but unfortunately, there…


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Like it or not, if you want to get your short story or poem published in a literary journal, the length is going to matter. More readers are using mobile devices to scroll through short stories and poetry, and longer works are harder to enjoy on a cell phone or tablet. Editors are tailoring their magazines to this readership by favoring shorter pieces. If you want to know the best length for a short story or poem, we have the answers for you here.

The Best Length For Your Short Story Or Poem

It is important to write well, but it is also important to write marketable work. A…


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Not all words are created equal. In fact, the word wizards know that certain words can make your short story, essay, poetry, or book weaker and less engaging for readers. To make sure your work is the best it can be, here are some of the words you should stop using in your writing.

Words You Should Stop Using In Your Writing — Now

Vague Words

Ambiguous words will lose the reader’s attention. Eliminate these or replace them with more accurate word choices. Here are examples:

“Glory needed solid research to finish her essay on mutant tarantula venom, so she went to the library.”

Went is the catch-all term for…


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In his book On Writing, prolific author Stephen King states, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Great advice! One smart way to boost the amount of writing you do is to try journaling. But put down that fluffy-topped pen — keeping a journal isn’t the same as writing what you had for breakfast in your diary. Instead, a journal is used for exploring ideas and improving your skills as a writer. …


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When you’re ready to submit short stories, poetry, or personal essays to literary journals, it’s important to check the guidelines for phrases such as we do not accept work that is previously published, or submit previously unpublished work only. Why? Because most literary editors are not interested in publishing something that’s already appeared elsewhere. But what does previously published really mean? The answer to this question has become increasingly hard to pin down as the Internet takes on a huge role in the writing world. Fortunately, the submissions experts can help you determine what’s considered previously published.

What Does — And Doesn’t — Count As “Previously Published”

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Every writer who submits work for publication has received at least one: a form rejection letter from a busy literary agent or editor. But once in a while, you may see a publishing industry unicorn — a rejection letter with personalized feedback about your writing! Getting well-informed critiques from editors or agents can help you feel better about the rejection and guide you in pinpointing the elements of your writing that need to be improved. While the experts don’t recommend you accept every comment and change suggested without due consideration, the advice of these industry insiders can be invaluable. …


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Even with the growth of social media, blogs are still very popular. Blogging will help grow your readership and is a great way to enhance your online author platform. But if you want to have a successful blog, it’s important to choose the best platform and the right topics in order to attract and build an audience. The experts have smart tips and hacks to help you start a blog people will want to read and revisit again and again.

7 Steps To Start A Blog That’s A Must-Read

Choose a platform: Before you start a blog, you’ll need to know what platform you will use to build it…

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