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April 5, 2017

"Let us forgive ourselves for writing poems that aren't better than every other poem that has ever been written." - Dean Young, The Art of Recklessness

As writers and poets, we must read. If we do not read, we will be horrible writers. This is nearly a universal truth,...

September 23, 2014

You have a solid premise and a compelling concept. Your characters are strong, likeable, and multifaceted. Your plot is engaging and well paced. Yet, you're still not selling your book and/or engaging readers. Why?

You're cheating, and your readers can feel it. 

You ma...

May 20, 2014

You’ve spent weeks, months, even years drafting and revising your work. You’ve researched agents, editors, contests, and publishing houses. You’ve read their recent winners and recently published authors. You think you’re done, that you’re ready to submit.

Hold on. No...

May 13, 2014

One of my favorite author quotes has long been from Elmore Leonard, “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Ernest Hemingway meant something similar when he talked about good stories being like icebergs: “If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writ...

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Sarah is a full-time author, editor, coach, and poet based in the Austin area. She writes and blogs about books, writing, publishing, politics, personal finance, migraine, chronic illness, motherhood, domestic violence, women's issues, and law. 

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