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Robert Lee Brewer

Bloggers of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

On Day 3 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge, the task was to create (or improve) a writing blog. Several writers took the challenge and shared their blog URLs. I’ve collected them in the list below. Bloggers of the 2015 October Platform Challenge While I tried to make this list perfect, I know that...

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Best Tweeps for Writers to Follow 2015

I used to make a Best Tweeps for Writers to Follow list on my Not Bob blog. Assuming we eventually get into Twitter for this month-long platform challenge, I thought I should bring it back. The list is fast, loose and fun. If you think you deserve to be on this list and you’re...

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Join Facebook: Day 5 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

After years of running various challenges, I’ve learned one thing: The weekend is a common place for folks to get distracted and lose track of tasks. If you find yourself in this boat, no problem. Get caught up on Monday. The weekend was focused on blogs and websites. Join Facebook For today’s platform-building task,...

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Call for Submissions: Writer’s Market 2017

Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the Writer’s Market 2017. Sometime in November, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, read on. What I Like So, what do I prefer? The best...

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2015 October Platform Challenge: Guidelines

I’m excited to bring a new challenge to the There Are No Rules blog beginning on October 1, 2015: the 2015 October Platform Challenge! What is the 2015 October Platform Challenge? This challenge will help writers through the process of improving their writing platforms by providing one task to complete for each day of...

The Real Secret to Getting an Agent

By now, I’ve written an introduction to our annual agent-focused issue so many times, I couldn’t tell you the number offhand. And in them all, my editor’s letter has served as a place to acknowledge the daunting task that faces us all when it comes time to prepare submission materials that reflect the heart...

Don’t Dismiss Adverbs!

Below is another guest post from WD author Barbara Baig, whose new book, Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence & Captivating Readers, is designed to help writers master the power of the English language. You’ll learn the different qualities of words and the many way those words can be combined to craft sentences that...

I Have an MFA. What Now? 6 Paths for MFA Graduates

The MFA degree is of the utmost importance—until someone asks you what your plans are after graduation. Don’t know what to do with your MFA? You’re not alone. Here’s some advice to help you decide. Teaching Before you even graduate, you’re most likely going to work in a Writing Center and/or teach undergraduate courses...

Relief for Your Revision Struggles

The September 2015 Writer’s Digest, The Smart Writer’s Guide to Revision, is new on newsstands, and I’ve gotten so many nice notes about my Editor’s Letter that I thought I’d share it here—both as a preview for our latest issue and as a way to commiserate, connect and relate with fellow writers in the...