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  • A grassroots movement has responded to the need for more diversity in the publishing industry. According to this article found by Writer’s Relief in Publisher’s Weekly: “Publishing staffers from a number of houses and agencies have recently gathered to form People of Color in Publishing, a grassroots organization addressing the need for greater inclusivity within […]

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  • What’s the best way to get an acceptance letter from a literary magazine editor? Savvy writers know the answer: write well and make smart, targeted submissions! But did you ever wonder how professional readers like literary journal editors slog through piles and piles of submissions without losing their minds? Red flags—things that indicate a problem […]

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  • January is National Mentoring Month! A good writing mentor can have a positive impact on your writing and even your life. A writing mentor is usually someone with experience who is willing to offer advice and constructive criticism—while also being your cheerleader. Sometimes, you can find this inspiration and guidance in a well-written book or […]

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  • In a recent issue of The Paris Review, Writer’s Relief found an article by Joe Fassler that ponders whether carving out time to write fiction is justified in this increasingly digitized world: “In general, the authors I talk to seem to agree: Writing is not something people do because they looked at the world dispassionately […]

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  • There are lots of motivated folks whose New Year’s resolutions include exercising regularly and getting into tiptop shape. And Writer’s Relief knows that, for writers, there are many benefits to exercises that strengthen our craft (rather than our muscles). You don’t even have to break a sweat—but feel free to grab a water bottle or […]

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  • The celebration continues! Once again, Writer’s Relief has been named one of the top resources for writers: 100 Best Websites For Writers In 2018. You’ll find us listed in the Publishing category. Here’s what the kind folks at The Write Life had to say: Writer’s Relief For more than 20 years, Writer’s Relief has helped creatives successfully submit […]

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  •   Sweaty palms? Rapid heart rate? Churning tummy? Sitting down to write your very first query letter for your book can be nerve-racking—even stymying! Here at Writer’s Relief, we’ve been helping new writers get published since 1994—and we’re glad to pass along these tips to help you write your first ever query letter for finding […]

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  • 2017 may be over, but the advice, insights, and info in our top articles from last year are still current and useful in 2018! Writer’s Relief articles included insider tips on what poetry editors love to publish, a handy cheat sheet of common proofreading marks, the legal ramifications of being a writer, and much more. […]

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  • According to this article found by Writer’s Relief in The Daily Dot, a small indie publisher caused quite a stir by banning submissions from agented writers: “… Tyrant Books sparked backlash across the publishing community. Writers, in particular, came forward to explain how their careers benefited from working with an agent.” Learn more about what […]

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  • As 2017 draws to a close, Writer’s Relief asks: Twelve months ago, did you make a list of all the books you were going to read this year? How did you do? Maybe you were able to complete some of your planned reading—but there was one book you really wanted to read that’s still lingering […]

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  •  In 2017, we said a sad good-bye to many wonderful, talented authors. We here at Writer’s Relief would like to take a moment to mourn the loss of these gifted individuals and remember their contributions to the literary community. This tribute does not include every great writer who left us in the past year, so […]

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  • After a busy night of tapping and clattering their tiny hooves on rooftops, some of Santa’s reindeer can be found tapping on keyboards and relaxing with their new favorite read! Which one of Santa’s reindeer would most likely be in your book group or share your writing style? Take this fun quiz from Writer’s Relief […]

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  • Night has always been an inspiration for writers. On this longest night of the year, consider how nightfall has affected story telling—from chilling supernatural tales, to cautionary stories of crime, to comedies of mistaken identity. Interested? Writer’s Relief recommends you check out At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch.

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  • The temperature may be chilly, but these writing prompts will quickly heat up your creative energy! Note: Writer’s Relief would love to read what you write in the comments section! Just be aware of rules about what is considered previously published writing in the publishing industry. A soldier in a faraway land explains this scene to his/her […]

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  • Ever wonder why there are multiple spellings of Hanukkah/Chanukah? According to an article that Writer’s Relief found in Time: “With so many ways to correctly get the point of Hanukkah across, the proper spelling really turns into a matter of preference and mass appeal. If you want to fit in with the crowd, opt for […]

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  • Why is it that the busier we are, the worse we treat ourselves? When life gets crazy, that’s when we are most in need of some TLC—and that’s exactly when we are least likely to give it to ourselves! At Writer’s Relief, we know a little something about happy writers, so we’ve compiled a few […]

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  • A good writer is someone who loves to read—and learn. So…what can an aspiring author learn from the ritual of mailing holiday cards this season? Writer’s Relief explains how the same skills used for efficiently sending out holiday cards can make you more effective when submitting short stories, poems, and essays to literary magazines and […]

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  • On “a date which will live in infamy,” the 1941 December 7 attacks on Pearl Harbor became a turning point during World War II. Today, we authors and readers continue to remember the event through storytelling. Writer’s Relief invites you to check out this list of historical fiction novels inspired in part by the Pearl Harbor […]

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  • Finding the best literary magazines for your creative writing submissions can take up a lot of your time—thousands of literary journals are actively publishing! And thousands more appear to be active online but are actually on hiatus or are no longer publishing. Writer’s Relief knows that researching literary magazines for your submissions isn’t just about […]

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  • Are you tired of giving your favorite bookworms literary-themed mugs, bookmarks, and bookends? Writer’s Relief has a better idea! This year, treat your bookish pals to a literary magazine subscription. Your friends and family will appreciate this thoughtful, unique gift—and you’ll be helping to support literary journals. There are so many literary journals to choose […]

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  • Night Travels Curving, climbing, descending On steel tracks, the moon keeping pace While in ten thousand little towns The sleepers sleep in the earth. Melancholia Between memory and dream There is no here and now… Three Prayers Walking a still path, I come upon Blood, feathers, bone… Time Passing Lately, as I go from family House to family house, everything— Rooms, yards, porches—...

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  • With National Novel Writing Month coming to a close, you might be thinking about how you’ll relax. But Writer’s Relief asks: Can you? According to Writing and Wellness, writers can find it’s especially hard to chill out: “’You need to relax,” my friends tell me.  ‘You work too hard.’ I know it’s true. My body […]

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  • It’s the time of year when we all make a special effort to count our blessings and acknowledge the many good things in our lives. Here at Writer’s Relief, we are thankful for our friends, our families—and, of course, writers and the gift of their words! We asked a few people to tell us the […]

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  • Some writers rush into making submissions to literary journals, which can lead to haphazard research, sloppy manuscript pages—and rejection letters. Other writers drag their feet for years and years (seriously!) before finally working up a strategy to send their work to editors. How do you know you’re moving at the right pace and are really […]

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