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How To Format Your Short Story for Submission

Helpful Links: Short Story Formatting Checklist 44 Literary Magazines to Submit To Duotrope

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Edit and Share Your Story

In this unit, you’ve learned five techniques to write better stories. Now it’s time to put your knowledge to the test. Your Assignment Write a second draft of the story you started in the first exercise. As you rewrite, follow the process define in our lesson on editing. Pay close attention to your protagonist and the […]

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Choose a Story (exercise)

In this unit, we’re focusing on the editing process. To get practice with the concepts we will cover, you’ll need a story that you’ve written to edit. This story might be a work in progress or one that you finished long ago but want to rework. You’re welcome to use a short story or a […]

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The Pros and Cons of Amazon’s KDP Select Program [interview]

Brandon Clements gave away 60,000 copies of his novel, Every Bush is Burning, using Amazon’s KDP Select service, hitting the #1 most downloaded free book on Amazon. The next week, he sold over 2,000 copies, 20 times what he was selling beforehand. In this course, we’ve talked a lot about the power of generosity to help you […]

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How to Overspend Thousands of Dollars on Self-Publishing [interview]

When Brandon Clements decided to self-publish his book, Every Bush is Burning, he did hundreds of hours of research, researching hybrid publishing options like Archway Publishing (Simon & Schuster’s self-publishing arm) and Westbow Press (Thomas Nelson’s self-publishing arm). He also read up on print-on-demand publishers like Lulu, CreateSpace, and Lightning Source. He found out some options […]

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10 Steps to Build Your Twitter Platform from Nothing to 1,000 Followers [exercise]

In the last lesson, publisher, poet, and author, LL Barkat, said Twitter is the best tool for authors to reach new readers. Whether you agree with her or not, Twitter is worth learning and experimenting with. Personally, I’ve found Twitter to be the best social media tool to build my audience. While Facebook provided me […]

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New and Old Tools to Reach Millions of Readers [interview]

Tweetspeak Poetry started through Twitter when a group of online friends began writing poetry with each other in 140 characters or less. It quickly evolved into a popular online magazine and a publishing company, TS Poetry Press.  In this interview, we talk about how writers can use Twitter, Print On Demand, and even reach out […]

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Create Your Launch Plan [exercise]

In this unit, you’ve learned a lot about how to create relationships with collaborators and empower them to help you launch your book. Now it’s time to put all that knowledge to practice and create your own launch plan. Your Assignment Create a launch plan for your book. (If you haven’t finished writing your book […]

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The Story Cartel Launch Plan

Launch

The entire course has been building up to this moment: when you finally push your baby book out of the nest and into the real world. It’s time to launch! The first four steps are about making deposits, investments into people and relationships. You make all of those deposits so that you can withdraw favors […]

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