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How I Became A Self Published YA Author

How I Became a Self-Published YA Author

This is a guest post by Daphne James Huff

When I started self-publishing in early 2017, I had a plan. It was not to become a self-published YA author. Well, to be fair, not when I first started, but within a few months of hitting publish for the first time, I had learned what I needed to do. I needed a series and I needed to do it fast, if I wanted to make any money.

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Writing tips from a grandman

Writing Tips from a Full Time Grandma

This is a guest post by Kristi Veitenheimer


From the time I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a writer. Fast forward to adulthood. I got married, taught elementary school, had two kids, and forgot the dream.

Until recently.

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Are you looking for great books to read this fall? Then you have to check out my book club roundup. I've included five books I know you'll love reading. Perfect fall reading! Discover them now! @penandparent.com

Book Club Roundup: 5 Books You’ll Love

By Melissa Uhles

Are you in a book club? If so, good news! I plan to regularly let you know about books I think you’ll love. Now you can share this list with your book club, start your own book club or just read these books by yourself.

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Are you a freelance writer looking for paying #MeToo publications? Then you need to check out these women's publications that want your writing now! | freelance writing for beginners | freelance writing jobs | freelance writing portfolio | freelance writing niche #freelance writing tips @penandparent.com

Write for These #MeToo Publications and Add Your Voice

The #MeToo Movement doesn’t seem to be abating and for good reasons. Growing up in the 90s, I thought I was living the results of the 1960s and 1970s Feminist Movement. In college, I read Betty Friedan and truly thought we’d moved past women getting groped and being viewed as objects.

Now as a mother and writer, I know this isn’t true.

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mom friends

The Secret to Making Close Mom Friends

Guest post by Monique Solomon

Adult friendships can be difficult to start, especially when you need mom friends with similar interests and kids around the same age. This is further heightened for stay at home moms who aren't thrust into many social situations outside of the occasional play-date. 

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How to create a writer website in minutes | 25 Writer Tools and Resources

How to Create a Writer Website in Minutes

As a writer, you need to have a strong online presence, be tech savvy and have a website that showcases your talents and services. But how to create a writer website without breaking the bank and hiring a web designer? 

To begin with, you don’t have to with these powerful website tools and hacks. The best part is that some of them are free. Second, professional writers use these resources to connect with readers, increase book sales, grow their email list, and massively surge website traffic. But most important of all, you can create a writer website in less than one day.

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Are you looking to write and self-publish a book in 30 days? Check out these 10 steps for publishing an non-fiction book fast

How to Write and Self-Publish a Non-Fiction eBook in 30 Days

By Amber Roshay

Are you looking to write and self-publish a book in 30 days? Well, it’s quite a challenge, but one that can happen with planning.

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Do you want to know how to Write a Query Letter to Get Your Manuscript in the Hands of the Right Agent. One woman's story of her query letter misadventures. | submitting query letters |#writingtips #getanagent | query letter tips | novel writing tips @penandparent.com

7 Writing Tips for Submitting Query Letters

This is a guest post by author Autumn Lindsey.

It’s been a little over six months since I started down the rabbit hole to Queryland and I have learned SO much. So, I thought I’d share a little about what I’ve learned about writing and submitting query letters so you can avoid some of the mistakes I have made.

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How to Write a Villain Readers Love to Hate. Free Writing Prompts | character development | writing inspiration |character development writing fictional characters novels

How to Write Villains Readers Love to Hate

In fairy tales, the villain is easy to spot. Usually, the bad guy has sharp teeth and wants to eat grandma. But in other stories, the villain isn’t as obvious and you’re not sure whether to love or hate him. Either way, you want to write memorable and believable villains that readers love to hate. 

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my picture book failure

My Big Fat Picture Book Failure

By Melissa Uhles

It’s easy to share our successes with the world but harder to share stories of failure. Today I’m sharing my picture book failure so that you know you are not alone if you’ve tried and failed at something. Writing is one of those aspirations that can require a thick skin and will involve some tolerance of rejection.

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