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“How Did They Get Published?”

Many young writers, like myself, don’t know the first thing about getting published.

Why?

Because, either our writing programs didn’t teach us and/or because even successful writers don’t often talk about the process. And when publishing is talked about, it is often through a privileged lens— a lens that doesn’t help the majority of new writers reach their goals. So how do we help each other get published when we aren’t privileged? We learn by example.

I chose these writers to be our examples not simply based on their popularity and their relevance alone. It’s also more than that. I wanted to highlight not just how White men can get published, but how everyone else can get published too, including Black writers, Asian writers, women, non-Western writers/writers who tell non-Western stories, and LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) writers. This is important. White people, especially White men, have owned the publishing stage for centuries. But what about the rest of us?

This post is for the rest of us.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Why Everyone Should Share Their Wish Lists

If you are contributing to the collective knowledge on the internet— by writing, by producing, by speaking, by sharing personal experiences— this is labor. We all deserve payment for our labors. It may not be much. It may not happen right away. But if people are following you, if people are engaging with your words and ideas, if people are in love with what you do and who you are, then let them pay you— somehow.

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What 2018's Most Popular Reads Can Teach Us About Writing Successful First Chapters

By studying the structure of first chapters, we end up talking everything from non-western vs western literature aesthetics, to discomfort, to the “writerly” image, to passion, to feminism, to reflection as an active force, to time and even physics.

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Let's be Honest: Are Books about Writing Worth Reading?

Though I have problems with lots of books on writing, I still must read them. I must make the space for them in my life as a writer. If I don’t, I run the risk of closing myself off from the (relatively few but important) lessons that are there to be learned. We have to suffer moments of irritation, of annoyance, of boredom so we can access the moments of brilliance. That, after all, is what writing is all about.

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Rebel Mouthed Books Manifesto

Rebel-Mouthed Books is all about giving readers and writers the resources they need to explore and grow within the bigger literary community. We share book reviews, writing resources, tips about the publishing industry, and all sorts of other fun stuff that readers and writers want. To be the best resource for you all, I have a few Do’s and Don’ts that I’d like to explain here so our beloved readers and writers know what to expect on this blog.

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