Author Insights

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.
August 30, 2021
Story: They Both Won the Bet

Story by Greg Beatty Jason held up his tablet. His father admired the image filling the screen. "Oh, that's a beauty! A great picture of a great bird." "Thank you," Jason said. "Too bad it doesn't count for your total." Jason and his dad had a bet. Everyone in their family was always trying to […]

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August 23, 2021
Story: Mother Mother

Story by Georgia Cook My mother was a creature of sunlight and glass, spun from pressed sand in a blazing heat. She glittered as she walked, her arms and legs riddled in cracks from the exertion, the fine lines around her mouth sharp with splinters. She never spoke, my mother; my mirror-mother. My fragile, breakable, […]

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August 23, 2021
Story: Because I Worry

Story by Elly Sparrow You were still alive when I walked through Rotherhithe Tunnel, long before I knew you’d once done the same. You were too tired by then, lying on your hospital bed, ready for the restful sleep you’d been waiting for for longer than any of us had cared to admit to ourselves. […]

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August 17, 2021
Passed Down Writing Competition

This Exisle Academy competition generated many entries, about 100 more than our previous competitions. FICTION Among the many fiction stories, we were encouraged to embrace our scars, and asked if mindsets are hereditary, and shown that the destructive habits of the dead can be passed down through generations. We were posed the intriguing question of […]

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August 11, 2021
How to Write a Marketable Memoir

Memoirs, the genre that most wants to be read. As storytellers, we gravitate toward evocative and vulnerable writing that tells us more about the writer and the world we live in. We all have stories, but will every personal story sell? Autobiography vs. Memoir Often writers begin to write a memoir and then the scope […]

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August 2, 2021
How to Uncover Your Writing Niche

Imagine: You are sitting in front of the computer screen with a white, blank page staring back at you. You have the free time to write, but you have no idea what to write. Sound familiar? Well, this post will explore how to find your writing niche, the subject matter you are most knowledgeable about […]

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July 28, 2021
Private Life, Public Following

Exisle Academy 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 has been learning with us for three months. Q: As a teacher, a parent and an emerging author I am pretty private about my […]

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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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