Author Archives: Hannah Chow

Web-Building: Creating an Engaging Online Presence

Maybe you’ve grown up in the internet age, with a tablet in every room of your house. Or maybe you suspect the “World Wide Web” your nephew keeps telling you about belongs to the same realms of fantasy as Spiderman. Either way, there’s no denying an online presence helps authors reach fans, connect with agents and editors, and ultimately, sell… Read more »

Enough About You, Let’s Talk About Me: Writing Your Memoirs

It’s the most dreaded interview question of all time: Tell me about yourself. At best, your answer sounds like a parroted version of “What I Did On My Winter Vacation”; at worst, you remind your new boss of their Uncle Vernon at Thanksgiving dinner, endlessly championing his own achievements. But what if you really do have a story to tell?… Read more »

How to be an Adult Writer Person

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Being an adult is hard. Being an adult in charge of a creative career can be even harder. Artists are often told to “release their inner child,” but that child is going to eat candy and wander away to watch cartoons unless you’re willing to play bad cop and set some boundaries.   Plan Ahead. Invest in a planner or… Read more »

Becoming Your Own Cheerleader: Self-Promotion and Self-Motivation

It would be so easy to never talk about our work. The image of the writer as a hermit is pervasive, but the truth is, our livelihood depends on selling our work to other people, and occasionally selling the idea of work to ourselves. Bring It On. Networking—it’s not just for business majors anymore. Now there’s two fronts to tackle:… Read more »

Enter Stage, Write: Performance Practice for Writers

Whether it’s open mike night or an interview, your first reading or your fiftieth, speaking in front of an audience of any size can be daunting, if not downright anxiety-inducing. But with a little knowledge and more than a little preparation, you can be well on your way to staring down stage fright and giving a poised performance. Repeat After… Read more »

Talk to Me: Writing Dialogue that Sings

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Dull dialogue can send your reader to sleep, but bad dialogue can send them running for the hills. Good dialogue establishes character and place, advances the plot, employs subtext, and is crisp and interesting enough to keep even the ficklest reader flipping pages far into the night. Sound like too tall an order? Read on for tips on turning your… Read more »

Your Editor is Not the Enemy: Tips on Surviving Rewrites

Congratulations! You’ve spent months, maybe years, crafting a thing of beauty and resonance out of your own imagination, and now a publisher has finally agreed to print it. The hard part is out of the way. Now comes the even harder part—editing. A Specialized Team. A small horde of people is going to descend on your manuscript like a beauty… Read more »

Writing Under the Rainbow: The Expanding Horizons of LGBTQIA+ Fiction

The last five years have seen an expansion in LGBT+ awareness, advances (and setbacks), and media representation. There’s been a similar boom in the LGBT+ book world, from genre fiction to indie and self-publishing. Even the mainstream publishing world has sat up and taken notice, releasing many new LGBT-focused titles each year. As a published author of LGBT+ fiction and… Read more »

Volume 14 Preorders Now Available

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ORDER YOURS TODAY http://www.wppress.org/purchase/ Now is your chance to preorder Kansas City Voices, Volume 14. Published by Whispering Prairie Press, Kansas City Voices is the only journal of its kind produced in the Kansas City area. We support emerging writers and artists, many published for the first time. A limited supply of this issue will be printed, so order by August 15 to ensure you… Read more »