The official publishing date of my book Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published is coming soon! This Writer’s Digest Books project is a complete conversation on the topic of publishing short creative writing: how to write well, and how to get published. I’ve packed over a decade of my own experience into the pages, and I’ve invited published writers and journal editors from around the country to chime in with their advice, too. The result is a one-stop guide to getting published NOW.

Writing short is a marketable skill in the world of publishing today. Personal essays and short stories are being submitted and accepted every week. Great news: You don’t need a literary agent to participate in the process! You can market your prose all by yourself and land a byline you’re proud of. You just need to send your work to the right editor, at the right time, and in the right way.

Writing & Selling will be published on September 19, 2017, but you can preorder a copy long before then. Sign up for my monthly newsletter (at my website) and you’ll be among the first to know when the preorder phase begins.

Don’t want to wait until September to get your writing out the door? No problem! Sign up for an upcoming Market Coaching for Creative Writers session. You’ll learn everything you need to know about marketing your short stories and essays in four short weeks. Chose from sessions in March, May, and July.

Not quite ready to submit your work to editors just yet? Begin your year by mastering the building blocks of storytelling in the next session of Storytelling Boot Camp! I’ve been teaching this interactive online class with author Lisa Fugard for a couple of years now and it is one of the most fun things I get to do. This project goes far beyond the feeling of a classroom. Think of it more like an online writing retreat full of people like you. Through six-weeks of intensive storytelling practice, Lisa and I can whip your writing into publishable shape. And you’ll have a great time along the way!