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Summer Writing Resources — Plus a YA Publishing Chat

FigmentNeed a little help keeping your writing from wilting this summer? Crank up the AC, drag over your laptop, and check out the online writing community Figment for company, commiseration, feedback, and inspiration.

With over 300,000 members and a library of more than half-a-million user stories, Figment has something for every type of writer.

Are you the kind who needs a little prodding? Sign up for Daily Themes and join the 10,000 other writers who are getting an original writing prompt delivered to their inboxes every morning.

Or are you the competitive type? Check out Figment’s writing contests, where you can win fame, glory, and prizes. (Psst — Sometimes you don’t even need to write anything to win big swag: Figment is almost always offering a sweepstakes of some kind.)

Are you a budding novelist? Join Figment this Thursday for one of its great live author chats! This week, young-adult authors Elizabeth Norris (Unraveling and Unbreakable) and Brodi Ashton (Everneath and Everbound) — plus special guest Kristin Rens, editor at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray — will be talking about what happens after you get that book contract. Sign up for a reminder for “Living the Dream: Real Talk About Life as a Published Author” — this Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. ET!

 

Nina Berry Scores Book Deals with KTeen Imprint

Nina Berry landed a two-book deal with Kensington Books’ KTeen Imprint. Her first novel, Otherkin, was released in the summer of 2012.

Nina says, “The keys to success for me were a love of writing, a determination to learn and get better, and sheer dogged persistence.”

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Deborah Lee Writes about Work Friendships on Slate

Deborah Lee published a personal essay in Slate called “The Wrong Tribe: How failed work friendships helped me escape my corporate career and find my true calling.”

Deborah says, “I really enjoyed the range of topics explored in my classmates’ personal essays and was glad that I could learn from the feedback given to everyone’s work.”

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Linda Olantunde Launches A New Firm: Yellow Duck PR

Linda Olantunde launched a public relations and marketing firm, Yellow Duck PR.

In addition to the PR classes she took, Linda also enrolled in writing classes, and says, “I was surprised how much writing creative stories translates into so many career areas. The classes helped me become a better storyteller overall, particularly for companies and corporations needing marketing and public relations services. They helped put me on the track I am on now.”

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Henry Visotski Lands Job with Euromoney Institutional Investor

Henry Visotski landed a job as Social Media Marketing & Online Product Manager for Euromoney Institutional Investor after taking Understanding Search and Online Marketing with Gracey Newman.

His words of wisdom: “Embrace the changing technologies and trends, and try to introduce some of them at your company. Never stop learning new skills.”

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Brooklyn Based Publishes Matthew Worley’s Article on the Revival of the Typewriter

Matthew Worley sold his article, “A Resonant, Rhythmic, Writing Revival,” to Brooklyn Based.

Matthew says, “The instructor taught me the value of persistence in dealing with editors — a quality I lacked at times — and I have already seen the value of following up and phoning, multiple times if necessary, to gain an editor’s ear.”

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Sabrina Ricci Launches Online Literary Magazine: FictionBrigade

Sabrina Ricci launched an online literary magazine specializing in flash fiction called FictionBrigade.

Sabrina says, “Taking Mediabistro courses has helped me improve my writing, but more important, it has helped me be tougher as a writer.”

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Amy Costello Lauches Multimedia Platform: Tiny Spark

Amy Costello launched a podcast and multimedia platform, Tiny Spark, which “ignites debate about the Business of Doing Good.”

Amy’s advice to writers: “Take risks, blaze your own path, tell compelling stories, meet your deadlines, respect the people you write about. And for God’s sake, don’t wait for permission to do the things you want to do.”

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Joe Peta Scores Book Deal with Dutton Books

Joe Peta sold his nonfiction book, Trading Bases: A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in that Order), to Dutton Books, a publishing division of the Penguin Group (USA).

Joe says, “Without the combination of the nonfiction book writing and nonfiction book proposal courses, both of which were invaluable to me, a complete publishing/media industry outsider, I could never have put together the proposal which led to my book sale.”

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Amy Bevan Lands Work with Two Different Publications

Amy Bevan was published in Taste of the Seacoast magazine and will be published in Family Fun magazine in May 2012.

Amy says, “Learning each week about different types of writing and then challenging myself to pursue them was just the experience I needed to impress editors.”

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