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Member Promo Content

The following people have uploaded content and a request for assistance with promoting their work! Wily members can feel free to scavenge it and share and post about the author and their works. It’s excellent content! And don’t forget, you can always ask the author for an interview to further boost the value of your content to your followers.

The most recently updated are at the top.

If you’d like your name on this list, visit this page and fill out the General Author Promotion form.

Reviewers List

Tips on Reviewers

Reviews can boost your sales if they’re good. If they’re bad, they can hurt your sales. Requesting a review is a risk worth taking.

  • Don’t be shy about cold-contacting them.
  • Look to see if they’ve posted review guidelines on their website (many have), and if so, follow them to the letter.
  • Familiarize yourself with their reviews so you know whether they’re in sync with your style.
  • Maintain a list of which ones you’ve contacted. Wily Writers has created an Excel spreadsheet for you to download, customize, and use: Wily Writers Reviews Tracker
  • Over time, you’ll build a list of trusted reviewers who enjoy your work and recognize your name. You might consider sending hard copies to these reviewers.
  • If sending to a reviewer who requires a hard copy (some places do), don’t expect any more from them. They may or may not actually do a review, and it may or may not be positive.
  • It’s okay to send advance-reading copies (ARCs) of your book to reviewers even if your book is out—unless you made extensive revisions to the final version.
  • Do share the review via your social media once it’s live. Share and share again later. This helps both you and the reviewer.
  • Let Wily Writers know if you got a good review, and we’ll post about it in our public newsletter.

Etiquette

  • Be on your most professional behavior with all reviewers.
  • Remember that reviewers receive a TON of requests, so don’t be surly with them if they don’t review your book. Never let them see you sweat.
  • Make it clear up-front that you’re offering an ebook version of your book if you’re not willing to send a hard copy. To make it easier on them, include a link to the download in your email to them. An excellent site for setting up a free download of your ebook is Bookfunnel.com.
  • Never argue with a reviewer who has given your book a negative review, especially not in public. Bad juju.
  • Never publicly berate a reviewer who has given your book a negative review. Burning bridges burns you more than them.

Tutorials List

A comprehensive list of all the video tutorials created for Wily Writers. You can also browse and subscribe to our Youtube channel if you find that more efficient.

Image Editing

Spreadsheets

Resources for Download

In this repository, you’ll find spreadsheets and other documents you may find useful. Click the link to download the file.

OF NOTE: Even if you don’t have Excel, you can import .XLS files into Google Spreadsheets. Watch our quick video tutorial to learn how (How to Import an Excel Spreadsheet into Google Sheets).

Reading List – Writer Advice

If you’ve read any great resource books that you’d like to share, note it in the comments. If you’ve read one of the ones listed and have insight into how useful it is, please comment (put the title in brackets at the beginning for easy scanning).

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Podcasts List

There are many interesting podcasts out there about dark arts, but there are few that specifically serve writers. Here’s a list of those we currently know about. If you’ve listened to any one of them, leave a note/review of it in the comments so others know what to expect. Also, if you know of one that’s not listed here, let me know in comments and I’ll add it to the list.

Each of these presents an opportunity for self-promotion. You may contact the podcast and offer to appear. Many are actively looking for guests.

NOTE: Just because a podcast is dead, doesn’t mean it’s gone. The episodes of all those listed here are still available for listening.

For Dark Fiction Writers

The Horror Writers Podcast (dead, 77 episodes)
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This is Horror (alive, 396+ episodes)
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Bizzong! The Weird and Wacky Fiction Podcast (alive, 239+ episodes)
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Horror Writers Channel from Horror Writers Association (alive, collected videos, including interviews & readings)
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About Dark Fiction

Books in the Freezer (alive, 93+ episodes)
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Dead Headspace (alive)
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Faculty of Horror (alive, 94+ episodes)
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HorrorAddicts.net (Emerian Rich, alive, 194+ episodes)
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Horror Rewind (alive, 98+ episodes, mostly on movies, but some fiction)
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Ink Heist (alive, 5+ episodes)
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Ladies of Horror Fiction (dead, 9 episodes)
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Vox Vomitus (Jennifer Anne Gordon, alive, interviews, 47+ episodes)
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Stephen King Boo Club (alive, discussion of Stephen King’s work, 60+ episodes)
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Stephen King Podcast (alive, discussion of Stephen King’s work, 110+ episodes)
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Dark Fiction Author Readings

The Outer Dark (alive, 98+ episodes)
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Nightlight (alive, 411+ episodes)
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Campfire Radio Theater (alive, audiodrama, 30+ episodes)
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Writing in General

Writing Excuses (alive, hundreds of episodes)
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I Should Be Writing (alive, hundreds of episodes)
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Grammar Girl (alive, many episodes)
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The Hope Writers Podcast (alive, 50+ episodes)
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Story Studio Podcast (alive, self-publishing, 50+ episodes)
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Authorpreneur’s Almanac (dead)
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Eight Questions (dead, many episodes, interviews)
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Iterate and Optimize (dead, many episodes, interviews)
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Self-Publishing Podcast (dead, many episodes, interviews)
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the Smarter Artist (dead, many episodes)
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Roy’s Writing Tools (dead, 50 episodes)
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The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience (alive, many episodes)
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Creative Writing Career (became “Creative Writing Life”, many episodes)
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Creative Writing Life (alive, 40+ episodes)
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The Creative Penn (alive, many episodes)
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The Bestseller Experiment (alive, many episodes)
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The Book Marketing Show with Dave Chesson (dead, 65 episodes)
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Reading and Writing Podcast (alive, 400+ episodes)
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Write Now with Sarah Werner (alive, 200+ episodes)
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Helping Writers Become Authors (alive, many episodes)
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The Self-Publishing Show (alive, many episodes )
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Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach (alive, 230+ episodes)
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Longform Podcast (alive, 400+ episodes)
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Write Minded / She Writes Podcast (alive, many episodes)
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Magic Lessons Podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert (dead, 200+ episodes, interviews)
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Authors on the Air (alive, collection of podcasts about writers & writing, interviews)
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Videos for Inspiration & Encouragement

Keep your mind fresh. These videos will challenge you, inspire you, and maybe teach you something you didn’t already know. Share your thoughts in a comment or discuss them in the forums. Have a suggestion for a video that moved, changed, or inspired you? Let us know in the comments.



Denzel Washington, risk, courage, faith, persistence


Elizabeth Gilbert, success, rejection, fear, creativity,


Neil Gaiman, art, imagination, innovation,


Carrie Green, clarity of vision, willpower, boldness, visualization


Peter Dinklage, hardship, comfort, risk, people helping people


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, storytelling, culture, preconceptions


Ashley Stahl, inspiration, imperfection, fear, perfectionism


Jim Carrey, manifestation, success, determination, fear


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, hardship, failure, ambition, commitment


Brené Brown, Oprah, vulnerability, courage, shame


Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, creativity, productivity, inspiration


Lori Gottlieb, change, self-talk, letting go


Logan LaPlante, innovation, courage, ingenuity, nonconformity

Conference List

Few events energize a writing career more than going to a writers conference or a fandom con. This year, we have a unique opportunity. Most of the conferences are virtual, which means you can attend them without having to pay for flights, restaurant meals, or hotels. Broaden your horizon each month with a virtual trip to visit a different group of your peers.

Keywords

fan: primarily for fans/readers
film: hosts a film festival
free: free to all
hybrid: both virtual and in-person
in-person: non-virtual elements
live: scheduled live online
moderated: limited attendance, must apply
on-demand: recorded videos
pitches: holds pitch sessions
scholarship: offers scholarships
specific: specific to a population/genre
trade: focused on industry pros
workshops: offers writing workshops

This is a living list and will continue to change over time. The keywords in parentheses will help you decide if the con is right for you.

April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December | >2022

Have a con you’ve attended? Click on the star rating, then tell us why it was good for you in the comments below. (REQUEST: Put the con name at the beginning of any comment about a particular one so it’s easy for others to read through them.)

Organize your convention list with a spreadsheet template for either Excel or Google Sheets.

2021

April

    • April 21-25 | The Muse & the Marketplace – Virtual
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    • April 23-25 | Pike’s Peak Writers Conference – Virtual
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    • April 24-May 1 | Northern Colorado Writers Conference
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    • April 24 – May 2 | Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival – Virtual
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May

    • May 13-15 | StoryMakers
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    • May 14-15 | Writer Day Workshop – Virtual – San Diego
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    • May 15-18 | Kachemak Bay Writers Workshop – Virtual
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    • May 20-24 | Writers Hotel Weekend – Virtual
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    • May 21-23 | StokerCon 2021 – Virtual, Horror Writers Association
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    • May 28-31 | Balticon – Virtual – Baltimore
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    • May 30-31 | Book Con – Virtual(?)
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June

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    • June 6-12 | Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Workshop Series – Virtual
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    • June 12 | Writer Day Workshop – Virtual – Florida
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    • June 17-20 (in-person) & June 24-26 (online) | New York Pitch Conference
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    • June 18-20 | 4th Street Fantasy Convention – Virtual – Minneapolis
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    • June 21-26 | Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference – Virtual
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    • June 27 – July 31 | New York State Summer Writers Institute – Virtual
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    • June 28 – July 10 | Thrillerfest – Virtual
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July

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    • July 9-11 | Imaginarium Convention – Louisville, KY
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    • July 14-18 | Southampton Writers Conference – Virtual, see site for application deadlines
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    • July 15-17 | 10-Minute Novelist Conference – Virtual
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    • July 19-24 | Port Townsend Writers Conference – Virtual
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    • July 22-25 | Writer’s Digest Convention – New York, NY
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    • July 28-31 | Midwest Writers Conference – Virtual
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August

    • August 1-6 | Napa Valley Writers Conference – Napa, CA
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    • August 5-7 | Mendocino Coast Writers Conference – Virtual, registration closes 6/30/21
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    • August 7 | Writer Day Workshop – Virtual – Tennessee
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    • August 8-21 | Bread Loaf Workshop Series – Virtual
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    • August 19-22 | Killer Nashville
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    • August 26-29 | Orlando Reads Books
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September

    • September 10-11 | Writer Day Workshop – Virtual – Washington, D.C.
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    • September 15-19 | Pacific Northwest Writers Conference – Virtual
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    • September 17-19 | Agents & Editors Conference – Austin, TX
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October

    • October 1-3 | Write on the Sound Workshop – Virtual
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    • October 7-9 | Horror Conclave – Las Vegas
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    • October 8-9 | Writer Day Workshop – Virtual – San Francisco
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    • October 9-10 | Kansas Authors Club Convention – Virtual
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    • October 15-17 | Emerald City Writers Workshop – Virtual
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    • October 18-24 | Vancouver Writers Fest – Vancouver, BC
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    • October 22-24 | Surrey International Writers Conference – Surrey, Canada
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    • October 22-24 | La Jolla Writers Conference – La Jolla, CA
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    • October 23-24 | Self-Publishing Advice Conference – Virtual
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    • November TBD | Romance Writers of America Conference – Virtual
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    • November 8-14 | Kauai Writers Conference – Kauai, Hawaii
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    • November 13 | Writer Day Workshop – Virtual – North Carolina
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December

    • December 15-19 | DisConIII / WorldCon / World Science Fiction Convention / Hugo Awards
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February 2022

    • February 17-20 | San Francisco Writers Conference 2022
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    • February TBD| Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference – Virtual
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March 2022

    • March TBD | Sleuthfest Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America
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    • March TBD | Atlanta Writing Workshop
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    • March TBD | Bay to Ocean Writers Conference
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    • March TBD | Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference – Virtual(?)
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April 2022

    • April TBD | Las Vegas Writers Conference 2022
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    • April TBD | Nebraska Writers Guild Conference – Virtual(?)
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June 2022

    • June TBD | Odyssey Fiction Writers’ Workshop, applications due in April,
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September 2022

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Online Study List

One of the most exciting truths about being a writer—and maybe about everything—is that you can never perfect your craft. As a writer, maintaining a “beginner’s mind” is critical to keeping your creativity and your work fresh. Your understanding of wordsmithing will continue to evolve right up to the very last word you ever put to paper.

Not only deeper insight into wordcraft, but technologies, new and old, may appear on your radar to make your work more efficient; and even the industry itself continues to evolve in surprising ways as evidenced by the rise of ebooks in the last decade or so.

KEYWORDS
free: free to all
indie: for indie authors
live: scheduled live classes
on-demand: recorded videos
scholarship: offers scholarships
specific: specific to a system
varied: offerings change

Online Course/Seminar List

Have a course you’ve taken? Click on the star rating then tell us why it was good for you in the comments below. Put the course name at the beginning of the comment so it’s easy for others to read through them. Note any we failed to list, especially if you recommend it.

  • So You Want to be a Horror Writer?, Sephera Giron
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  • Highlights Foundation Workshops
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  • Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, Cat Rambo, et al.
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  • Save the Cat Novel-Writing Course, Jessica Brody
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  • ProWritingAid Online Lectures for Writers
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For more workshop options, check out the Conference List.

Youtube Videos

If you watch one, rate it. I’ll shuffle the most popular to the top.

Marketing 101 for Writers

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Financial Planning for Writers from StokerCon2021

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Concepts of Horror – Writing Tips

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Writing in the Dark from theCreativePenn podcast

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Creative Writing Advice from Stephen King
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How to Write a Horror Novel with Joe Hill

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10 Screenplay Writing Tips from Stephen King

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On Writing Dark Fiction from Lenn Woolston

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Writing a Horror Protagonist from Daniel Stamm

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How to Write Faster and Never Get Writer’s Block
Michaelbrent Collings on theCreativePenn podcast

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How to Make Your Story 100% More Scary on MidnightXCross

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5 Tips for Writing Dark Fantasy

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10 Best Tips for Writing a Horror Book

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How to Write Dark Fantasy Jenna Moreci
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8 Horror Writing Tips

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How to Be Successful Writing Horror
Iain Rob Wright on theCreativePenn podcast

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The Perfect Horror Protagonist
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Writing Horror and Making a Living with Your Writing
Michaelbrent Collings on theCreativePenn podcast

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Writing Dark Fiction Alan Baxter
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How to Add Suspense to Your Writing from Danyal Fryer

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How to Write Horror – 5 Quick Tips
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How to Make Your Writing Suspenseful
Victoria Smith on TED-Ed

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10 Best Tropes in Paranormal Fiction
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Writing Dark Fantasy with T. Frohock on Fictitious vidcast

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5 Tips for Writing Scary Stories
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Writing Tips from Stephen King
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Finding Ideas for Horror Stories from Brandon McNulty

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What is the Difference Between GrimDark and Fantasy?

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Why Reading and Writing Dark Fiction Can Be Healing
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GrimDark Reader’s Guide

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How to Write Paranormal Characters
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How to Write a Supernatural Novel
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How to Write Effective Horror at ReedsyBlog vidcast

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Market List

We only list professional markets (or otherwise interesting markets) because we believe you should always aim high first. Please let us know if you sell something! We can help you promote it.

We collate this list from various sources. You can visit Duotrope.com (paid), Ralan.com (free), The Submission Grinder, and Aswiebe.com (free) for more complete and up-to-the-moment listings. Also, check out Douglas Smith’s Foreign Language Markets List (free). And you can scroll through the Horror Markets Facebook group for open-call announcements.