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I’m happy to share some exciting news with you today: an essay of mine was purchased by The Writer a few months ago, and it appears in the November issue.

The piece is called “Stand out”; the cover line is “Make your mark in literary journals.”

Although “Stand out” is not available online, the November issue is on newsstands now.

For the past four years I’ve focused most of my writing efforts on the short story form. It’s not that I’ve given up on writing a novel, but this detour into writing, editing and publishing literary short stories has helped me grow exponentially as a writer—in ways I never would’ve grown if I’d stuck to my guns about a novel being my first publication.

Short stories are great for so many reasons. As I wrote in this article at Writer Unboxed, reading short fiction can make you a more knowledgeable writer, writing short fiction can make you a more accomplished writer, and publishing short fiction can make you a more marketable writer.

For me, there’s no more satisfying part of writing than holding a copy of a publication in my hands. When life is overwhelming and I feel I’ll never be able to write another word anyone would want to read, I dig out the stack of journals and anthologies that have published my work, and I simply hold them.

Thank you all for your continued support!

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Sorry! Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email

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So, the other day I mentioned to my hubby—who is also my technical guru—that one of the online forms at Compose didn’t seem to be working. As he prodded into both of my sites, he also discovered a glitch in the contact form at Write It Sideways. In fact, there were hundreds of email messages I hadn’t received from […]

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How to Write Better Short Stories and Get Published in Lit Mags

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A couple of days ago, I published a post at Writer Unboxed called How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags. Some commenters said they bookmarked the article as a reference for when they have a polished short story to send out to the world of lit mags. Others were grateful for that little push […]

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Stop Asking Yourself If You Have Writing Talent

Today, I’m over at the award-winning blog Writer Unboxed to discuss writing talent and whether or not it’s an innate ability or a skill to be developed. Here’s a short excerpt of the post, “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question: Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of […]

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Still here. Still writing. Just taking a breather.

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Today’s post is written by founding editor Suzannah Windsor. First, it’s great to be back. I’ve really missed sitting down to write something personal to you—especially to those of you who have supported my writing in many different ways over the past five years. Maybe you thought Write It Sideways had come to an end […]

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Writing with Profit in Mind? Your Book has Already Failed

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Today’s post is written by Nicolas Gremion. If your primary motivation for writing is making money, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Outliers like James Patterson, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts often skew our perception of how lucrative publishing really is. In fact, very few authors actually make a living off their writing—the rest see […]

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