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What To Do When the Rejections Get Overwhelming

Tamara M Bailey

What To Do When the Rejections Get Overwhelming

By Tamara M Bailey Are the rejections piling up? Are you dreading the ding of another email? Do you know by heart the form rejection template? Are you this close to quitting? Too many of us have been there, and honestly, there’s not much you can do to change the responses of agents and publishers. What you can do is change your mindset. Here are five steps to find joy in your writing again. Step 1: Clean up your writing space Enjoy the process. Turn on some music, daydream as you dust, open the windows. Put away the sticky notes,...

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Sneak Peek: The Other Olivia

Sneak Peek Tamara M Bailey The Other Olivia

Sneak Peek: The Other Olivia

A tense sneak peek into The Other Olivia, the just-published thriller from Tamara M Bailey: She fell into Matt's chair and watched his email account update. A dozen new work messages, along with one from Sarina, received eight minutes ago. It had a lot of silly gushing and heart emojis. Olivia scrolled down to see what Matt had sent earlier this morning. She's still acting weird, it said. I really think she knows. Part of me hopes she does, because every time I'm with her, I think of the next time I can be with you. I love you, my...

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Anna Karenina Isn't Dead: Call for Submission

Anna Karenina Isn't Dead Call for Submissions

Anna Karenina Isn't Dead: Call for Submission

Submissions Now Closed: Thank you for 220 stories! ANNA KARENINA ISN'T DEAD: The rewritten lives of literary legends You suffer. You die. You exist so the hero can have his journey. Who are you? You're a woman in classic literature. Of course this isn't the destiny of every woman, but from Anna Karenina to Jocasta to Cio-Cio-San, from Esmeralda to Aida to Mrs Rochester, death, madness, or suffering is the fate of far too many women in classic stories. Anna Karenina Isn't Dead undoes that. In this anthology of literary women, these women live. Do they have a happily ever after? Maybe. Do...

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Reader's Block (yes, we said reader's block)

Ali Coyle Reader's block

Reader's Block (yes, we said <em>reader's</em> block)

By Ali Coyle Every writer has, probably at several times, been becalmed by writer’s block. You open the working document and nothing comes to mind. Your plot (and your characters) are going nowhere until inspiration fills your sails again. It sucks. Inspiration needs feeding, though. And regularly. Writers need to read, to immerse themselves in setting and dialogue and description and plot. When I can’t write, I often can’t settle to read either. A few days ago, I saw a tweet that mentioned 'reader’s block.' I hadn’t really considered reader’s block as a thing in its own right until then....

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7 Tips for Writing with Newborns

Tamara M Bailey

7 Tips for Writing with Newborns

By Tamara M Bailey When my daughter was a month old, I decided it was time to start writing again. I'd wrapped up all other projects before she was born, so I was free to start something new. In the last four weeks, I've managed to write a chapter every single day. How? Well…persistence and determination have something to do with it, but I won't deny that I'm talking from a place of privilege. Not quite hired-a-nanny privilege, but I don't have to work at the moment, and I don't have another child to chase around. I'm well aware you...

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