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The definitive source of information, insight, inspiration, and advice for creative writers from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers.

For 50 years, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshalled its 50 years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career - until now. The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer is the writing bible for writers of all genres and forms, covering topics such as: 

  • How to harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity
  • How to develop your work from initial idea to final draft
  • How to find the best MFA program for you
  • How to publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform
  • How to research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life
  • How to find the right literary agent 
  • How to anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals 
  • How to work successfully with an editor and your publishing team
  • How to market yourself and your work in a digital world
  • How to approach financial planning and taxes as a writer
  • How to find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career
  • And much more.  

Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers magazine, this book brings an unrivalled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Sprinkled throughout the book to illustrate their insights are first-person essays from best-selling authors including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Tayari Jones. The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer is the ultimate comprehensive resource.

©2020 Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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