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A Crash Course in Submitting a Manuscript
by Laura Backes

While the submission process may feel like second nature to experienced writers, it's easy to forget that newcomers aren't aware of the specific procedures. And since everyone can benefit from a refresher course now and then, here's a rundown of the steps:


 Visit the holiday store  
At first glance this months Featured Anthologies may not seem to be full of holiday cheer. But these books make great gifts for women and men. This is the book that will be slowly passed around the holiday gathering. Here's what they will all say after reading a snippet on a page: "Wow, did you know...?"

 Featured Anthologies:  Books by Mental Floss

How To Outgrow Write What You Know
By  Jenna Glatzer

“Write what you know” is a very good starting point. But that’s all it is. It’s a place for you to go to get your feet wet, and a place to come back to when the tide gets too high. But it’s not a place to stay for very long.

A better piece of advice, in my opinion, is “Write what you WANT to know.” One of the great perks of being a freelance writer is that you get paid to learn about things. So… what do you want to learn about?

  November Edition of Writers Wanted

So many calls for writers: Editors call for submissions

Celebrate the National Book Festival with the biggest line up writers you have ever seen

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Includes David Wroblewski, Ann Kidd Taylor, Marrianne  Robinoson, Holly Black, and Ken Burns    

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Writer's Markets

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September Edition of Writers Wanted


Get on 'Oprah' via O Magazine

By Joan Stewart The Publicity Hound

The big mistake most people make when trying go get onto "Oprah" is failing to understand that their product, service, cause or issue isn't a perfect match with Oprah's audience.


10 Ways to Increase Your Writing Productivity

by Lee Masterson

Have you ever wondered how some writers manage to churn out so much material in such a short amount of time?

It seems these amazingly prolific authors do nothing else with their lives but write. They would have to in order to produce the sheer volume of work that leaves their desks, wouldn't they?



Featured Author 

Christopher Cokinos

While it might be personally expedient for author Christopher Cokinos to be devoting all his energies to promoting his newest book, The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars he is devoting plenty of time to campaigning for the literary magazine Isotope. Cokinos the founding editor of Isotope, a professor of English at Utah State University, an author, and a poet, is the recipient of  Whiting Writers' Award for 2003 for his book Hope Is the Thing With Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished BirdsRead more...

Short Story Structure Simplified

By: Deborah Owen

Short story structure has been around since the beginning of time. You can read short stories in the Bible and on cave walls. They all have the same structure; so don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

Fact, Fiction & Truth: The Perils and Joys of Writing Religious Fiction   by Elizabeth Cunningham Go Freelance free newsletter

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Featured Anthology

Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude

This poetry anthology serves those who are moving through grief and loss, health care workers in the field of hospice and grief support, doctors and physicians, clergy who look for meaningful readings for memorial and funeral services, readers of contemporary poetry, and those who search for meaning in the shared realities of loss.  

Beloved on the Earth



Create, Complicate, Resolve: The Keys to Keeping Your Readers Interested

By: Holly Lisle

So how DO you keep from boring the socks off your readers?


Develop a real character with help from a clinical psychologist

Read What Will Your Character Do When?



Where Is My Narrator?  

You've sat down; mapped out your plot, identified your characters, now it's time to write.

Narrative presence? Do I even have that?


Featured Author: Debra Gwartney

You've seen her work featured before at Anthologies online when she provided an interview about Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, the anthology she co edited with Barry Lopez.  She's back as our featured author and about to embark on an national book tour, which is scheduled to include some high-profile national venues.

Listen to her video interview and learn about her new project.

Live Through This

A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and

Reclaimed Love

A harrowing and deeply personal account of two young girls who are determined to disappear—any parent’s nightmare—and the eventual journey back to fierce mother-daughter love