Don’t Write Alone: Shop Talk

Writing for Yourself Versus Writing for an Audience

Was I being selfish and foolish by spending seven years composing the book I wanted to read, without considering why someone other than me might care?

Jun 01, 2022
How Do You Design a Book Cover?

A roundtable discussion with the design department of Catapult books.

May 25, 2022
How Working with Libraries Can Help Sell Your Books

A librarian shares a step-by-step guide on how writers can grow their audience and promote their books by pitching a talk to their local library—and beyond.

May 04, 2022
These Essays That Started Out as Tweets Will Inspire You to Write—or Tweet, I Guess

“This article ended up being one of my favorite assignments ever—and all from a little bit of shameless public thirsting on Twitter.”

Apr 29, 2022
Promoting Your Book When the World Is On Fire

Promotion—especially self-promotion—doesn’t always feel easy. So how do we do it? For Social Media Week, literary agent Mina Hamedi helps us make room for celebration.

Apr 28, 2022
How BookTok Is Changing Publishing

For our Social Media Week series, Cecilia Beard explains how BookTok makes it possible for people outside the traditional delineation of the publishing industry to propel any book to success.

Apr 27, 2022
Publishing a Book Is Hard on Your Mental Health

A book’s pending publication, despite all the to-dos and excitement, can be a really hard time. Here are a few ways to navigate the prepublication blues.

Apr 11, 2022
Celebrating One Year of ‘Don’t Write Alone’

A letter from Stella Cabot Wilson, ‘Don’t Write Alone’ editor.

How Do You Edit a Literary Magazine?

A roundtable discussion with the editors of ‘Catapult’ and ‘Don’t Write Alone.’

Mar 31, 2022
Filing Taxes as a Self-Employed Writer

Your worth as an artist is not equivalent to the numbers that end up on your tax return.

Mar 09, 2022
I Read the Submissions Queue for a Literary Journal

Over the last four years I have evaluated more than one thousand short stories.

Mar 02, 2022
Get Thee to a Writing Residency

Residency programs offer dedicated time and space to help you level up your writing. Here’s how to apply.

Feb 16, 2022
How I Found a Writing Cohort Without an MFA

This is a benefit of finding your cohort outside of an MFA: It’s much more flexible.

Oct 28, 2021
Why Full-Time Freelancing Isn’t For Me

In the face of dire job prospects, freelancing felt like it might be a solution; a way to be a writer on my own terms.

Oct 12, 2021
A Freelancer Talks Money and Writing

It’s not what you write that’s meaningful, but the time you spend writing.

Oct 12, 2021
The Secret to Finding Writing Gigs That Actually Pay the Bills

As part of our Money Week series, Jessica Goodman explains why it's time to shed the stigma around side hustles.

Sep 16, 2021
Financial Advice for the Freelancer

For our Money Week series, Nicole Dieker answers commonly-asked questions from freelance writers

Sep 15, 2021
“It’s downright wild out there”: A Q&A on Book Sales with Alyson Forbes

As part of our Money Week series, Alyson Forbes shares the ins and outs of book sales and explains how indie presses “care about your book the way John Cusack cares about Ione Skye in ‘Say Anything’.”

Sep 14, 2021
Be Yourself and Sell More Books

As a part of our Money Week series, Laura Stanfill argues that you should work with your publisher to do what feels organic, genuine, and true to you as a human being.

Sep 13, 2021
Are Virtual Book Events Here to Stay?

Book tours and author events are a fixture of bookselling.

Aug 26, 2021