Therese Walsh is the co-founder and editorial director of Writer Unboxed. She is dedicated, together with a panel of esteemed contributors—including New York Times Bestselling authors, industry agents, editors, and thought leaders–to providing quality essays on the craft and business of fiction.
Writer Unboxed was named one of the best 101 websites for writers by Writer’s Digest in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and was named a ‘best of the best’ site in 2016.
The first Writer Unboxed book, called AUTHOR IN PROGRESS, will be published in the fall of 2016 by Writer’s Digest. It’s a book filled with advice about what it takes to really get published, and involved the participation of all Writer Unboxed contributors. (Learn more HERE.)
Here are a few articles Therese has written for Writer Unboxed over the years, but do check the archives at www.writerunboxed.com for more articles on the craft and business of writing, and their list of 100+ past interviewees. Write on!
select a category to view articles on: Business • Health • Craft • Research • Inspiration
Driving the Deadline
Agents and the First Two Pages
Turn Your Query into a Golden Ticket
Something Isn’t Right. Is it My Query, or My Manuscript?
Help for a Query Hater
Writing the Synopsis
Marketing the Fuzzy-Genre Manuscript
Inside-Out Agent Hunting
An Almost-Published Writer’s Guide to Not Being Stupid
Is Your Online Presence Serving You? An Important Q&A About Amazon and Iindie Bookstores
How a Book is Made
Four Months and Marketing
On Platforms and Opportunities
About BookBuzzr, a Publicity Tool
A No-Regrets-Pre-Pub Push
Building a Facebook Ad
Do Authors Choose their Covers?
Wellness for Writerly Wrists
The Problem with BIC (butt-in-chair)
The Trouble with Frosting
Flow and Drafts and ????s, Oh My!
Are You Swaddling Your Manuscript?
Writing the Big Story
Weapons of Mass Instruction
Fighting the Sag in 10 Steps
Unhappily Ever After
Once Before a Time: Prologues
Once Before a Time, Part Two
Flip that Manuscript!
The Unpubbed Writer’s Seven Deadly Sins
A Sure-Footed Voice
The Lure of the Implausible-Authentic
Humanizing Bad Guys
Make Your Manuscript Less Bathetic
Scene: “ACCPT” or Rework/Dump?
Antagonist & Contagonist
Out with the Old: Lessons from an Almost-Author
On your Mark, Get Set…Pre-Plotting Basics
Answering Questions on Characterizations
How to Make Readers Cry, in Six Steps
One Hundred Interviews
Something isn’t Right. Is it My Query or My Manuscript?
Writing to be Heard: Audiobooks
A Necessary Torment
Untangling Story Knots in Six Steps
Voice Q&A: Evil Narrators and Guy Talk
Voice: An Agent’s Perspective
The Uniqueness of You
Nine Strategies for Surviving the Second Book
Immersion, and Stalling for Spot Research
Judging your Internet Catch
Turning X’s Into Y’s: Guy Talk that Works
The Writer’s Cave
The Power of FLASH!
The $300,000,000 Challenge
The Music of Language
On Brains: Is Right for Writers?
When All Else Fails, Laugh: Rejection
Why I Write
Inspiring Characters into Being
Hoping for the Best, Deciding There’s Some Good in the Worst (reviews)
It’s All About the Cheesecake
Five Strategies for Inspiring Creativity
The Fearless Craft
The 10 (or 11) Greatest Writers’ Anthems of All Time
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