Welcome to the last Top Picks Thursday of January! It seems like 2017 just began a few days ago.
Liana Brooks discusses writing the disabled.
Author John Green shows proper pronunciation for often messed-up words.
The Liars Club Philadelphia’s Oddcast features Fran Wilde.
Writing is hard from beginning to end. Reedsy editors share 9 tips on how to start a story, while Janice Hardy examines how to write great endings—and not just the big one.
Trying to start a daily writing routine can be rough. Sukhi Jutla discusses using habits, triggers, and rewards to build a daily writing practice, and Jemima Pett explains how to write 52 stories a year.
The art of the pitch is vital to every author. Jami Gold discusses pitch writing and why even self-publishers need them.
Once you’ve got that pitch, if you are heading down the traditional path, you’ll use it in your query. But what else to include? Janet Reid tells us when you should include “why I wrote this book” in your query.
Katherine Grubb explores the top 10 ways marketing your book is like exploring a jungle, and Frances Caballo shares apps, tools, and plugins for indie authors in 2017.
THE UNIQUE SHELF
This week, take a look at some of Europe’s most beautiful libraries.
Writers read a lot, but what happens when you hit a slump? Beth O’Brien shares 5 things her 6-month-long reading slump taught her.
James Wallace Harris has the opposite issue—he’s a book addict.
Julie Phillips talks to the fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin.
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Mark Twain told his daughters fairy tales all the time, but only one was ever written down. This rediscovered Mark Twain fairy tale will be published soon.
Prim and proper Jane Austen had a racy side.
Who was the Poe Toaster? We still have no idea—but it could be you.
That’s it for this week’s Top Picks Thursday! We’ll see you in February!