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Meet authors published by Exisle Publishing and EK Books, read the winning stories from our frequent writing competitions, and keep up to date with the latest news, insights and tips for serious writers who are ready to get published.
July 28, 2021
Private Life, Public Following

Each month, Exisle Academy Home Study students have the opportunity to send in their questions to be answered by our team of publishing experts. This month, we are answering an interesting question from Lauren, who is in her third month of the Home Study course.  Q: As a teacher, a parent and an emerging author […]

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July 19, 2021
Build Your Writing Network

The act of writing is a solitary one, but there are many opportunities to connect with others in the literary community. A writing network can assist you with your writing, publishing inquiries, and career prospects. Most importantly, it will surround you around people who understand the position you are in and can offer you support. […]

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July 12, 2021
How to Win a Writing Competition

After a story is complete and it’s been revised, it’s time to seek publishing opportunities. Literary magazines and publishers seek out the best work through a call for submissions. Currently, Exisle Academy’s writing competition with the theme “Passed Down” is open for submissions until July 15th.  Many publications do not have the financial means to […]

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June 14, 2021
How to Write While Busy Living

In our most recent Facebook competition, we had writers share their biggest challenge when it comes to writing. Procrastination and a lack of motivation were listed as common challenges. In this blog post we’ll provide tips and insight into combatting procrastination and making the time to write.  I’ll Write Tomorrow Procrastination is the enemy of […]

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June 7, 2021
A Publisher’s Guide to Writing Well

We all know when we read good writing: We are transported to the author’s world, we follow the dialogue as if it were a conversation happening in front of us, and most importantly, we feel something. Your favorite authors wrote their books with the assistance of knowledgeable writers and helpful resources. Here, we’ll explain the […]

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May 28, 2021
A Writer's Guide to Rejection

Rejection is a part of life, and part of being a writer. It’s hard, it’s frustrating, and we’re here to help.  In the world of publishing, some publishers will accept unsolicited manuscripts from you – the author – directly, while others will require an agent. Agents will send your manuscript to an editor, who works […]

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May 14, 2021
Story: A Child Awakens

Story by Robert P. Ottone If The Boy could feel, he would feel cold. “It’s booting up,” a voice said in the darkness. The Boy’s eyes fluttered a moment, a brief halo of soft blue light fading to the oily blackness of his pupils, perpetually dilated. “Eyes set in Adore Mode, like the previous B-3s,” […]

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May 10, 2021
Navigating Social Media as a Writer

Social media is a great way to boost your audience, network, and gain more traction for your work. As a writer, this is key to showing publishers that you can market yourself, giving them confidence you are an author whose books will sell.  When it comes to social media, you have all the control. What […]

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May 4, 2021
Story: Mechanical Jesus

Story by Peter Hankins It was the Earl’s leprosy that brought us the mechanical Jesus. Our little church is unremarkable in most ways, but it holds the arm-bone of St Effulgentius, a relic which has performed many miracles, especially the healing of wounds and cankers. The Earl had not meant to visit us in Mertingham […]

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December 14, 2020
Sheltering at Home

This story by Laurie Lewis is a finalist in the 2020 non-fiction writing competition, Alone in the Time of Covid-19 Perhaps – probably – I am fortunate to be, mostly, a loner. I am used to being alone and am more or less comfortable with that. But these few days have been bewildering. Assuming that […]

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