Archive for the ‘Information Center’ Category

Tools for Online Collaboration

by Stewart C Baker

In the past decade, web-based applications have really come into their own. This is great for authors, because it makes collaborating much easier, especially when your co-author doesn’t live nearby. The tools in this list run the gamut from online chat software to fully-fledged cloud-based authoring software. And, of course, many of them can be wonderful productivity boosters for solo authors, too.

Don’t Tweet Your Rejections

by Shanna Swenson

Rejection is one of the worst parts of writing. When you get a story or novel rejected by an editor or agent, it stings. Your first instinct may be to go online and seek comfort and commiseration by letting your followers know what you’re going through. But stop and think before you spread the news of your rejection all over social media.

Paying Your Bills with Copywriting

by Joshua Sky

Writing is fun, but it can also be a tough way to make a living. The wait times for checks can be a drag, and the dry spells between one sale to another can be Saharan. Even if a sale is made, too often the money can be nominal. However, an avenue in the field where writers can potentially make a comfortable living, while working on their passion projects, is copywriting, also known as writing for advertising.

Writer’s Guide to Twine

by Aidan Doyle

Twine was created by Chris Klimas in 2009 and is “an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.” Simply put, it’s a program that makes it easier for writers to make their own “Choose Your Own Adventure” style fiction. There are a number of tools for writing interactive fiction, but Twine is one of the simplest and most popular.

Odyssey Workshop Open for Applications

News from the nonprofit Odyssey Workshop: ODYSSEY RESIDENTIAL SIX-WEEK WORKSHOP FOR FANTASY, SCIENCE FITCTION, AND HORROR WRITERS NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS Just the facts summary: Who: Writers of Fantasy, SciFi, and Horror who want to improve their skills through in-depth instruction and feedback from Jeanne Cavelos, a bestselling author and a former senior editor at Bantam […]