• Don't Become a Writer If. . . . - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    A few warnings for people who want to become writers--you shouldn't take that step from hobbyist to professional if you're not willing to handle these five challenges!
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  • Julie Sondra on Appropriate Word Count - Duration: 29 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    Watch this video for recommendations on proper word counts for different types of novels, as well as advice for how to change your pitch or adjust your word count if you're facing a mismatch. Also ...
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  • 10 Myths about Publishing - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    Here I address ten things some people might believe if they're a little confused about publishing or got bad information!
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  • Julie Sondra on Establishing Routine for Your Writing - Duration: 8 minutes, 30 seconds.

    • 5 months ago
    Sometimes establishing a routine can help you devote yourself to your projects more consistently. This video gives you some thoughts on why it works and how you can make the most of a routine to ki...
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  • Julie Sondra on Flipping the Script - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    Ever thought about writing a novel about "what if white people were the oppressed ones?" Ever thought about writing a novel about "what if women ruled the Earth?" Just don't. Here's why it's almost...
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  • Julie Sondra on Plotter vs Pantser - Duration: 22 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    This video discusses the pros and cons of two styles of writing: plotting and pantsing. Plotters plan their work before they write, and pantsers write by the seat of their pants, figuring it out as...
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  • Julie Sondra on Research - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    This video gives some advice on researching for a novel and why it's so important to collect your own observations instead of just flying on someone else's.
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  • Julie Sondra on Lack of Diversity: Excuses - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    Some books have very little diversity along certain axes, and there are some authors who may believe diversity in literature is important while still excusing their own work from participating in i...
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  • Julie Sondra on Chasing a Dream - Duration: 9 minutes, 19 seconds.

    • 10 months ago
    This video gives a quick perspective on dreams writers have and why it isn't necessary to put a time limit on yourself for success.
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  • Julie Sondra on the "Just Keep Trying!" approach - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 11 months ago
    Here are some hard-to-hear pieces of advice if you've had no success getting signed or getting published and all you're hearing is to "just keep trying." Persistence is important, but it isn't the ...
  • Julie Sondra on Starting Over - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    This video discusses perspectives on what to do if you've determined you need to start from scratch on a novel. Whether it's a complete rewrite or scrapping an approach that's hit a dead end, these...
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  • Julie Sondra on Finding Your Character Voice - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    In this video I offer ten exercises to help writers practice with and pinpoint the voice of their character. If you're struggling with who your character is or how your character sounds, try one of...
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  • On Fanfiction - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Here are some thoughts on writing fanfiction and why it can benefit writers--and how my attitude toward people who write fan works has changed over the years.
  • On Writing to Gender - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Here's some discussion of how gendered media tends to be and some philosophy behind what media creators can do to diversify.
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  • On Writing Characters from Different Religious Backgrounds - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Here are some thoughts on writing characters who have religious backgrounds or cultural/philosophical beliefs that are different from yours as the author.

    Please look at the wonderful interviews w...
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  • Julie Sondra on Writing Characters with Special Skills - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Here's a video that gives you pointers on researching and representing special skills that your characters might have--if you as the author do not.
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  • Julie Sondra on "Misunderstood Genius" - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Here I discuss why publishing failures are unlikely to be a result of a writer's "misunderstood genius" or a publisher's inability to take a chance on something innovative and special. Also some pe...
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  • Julie Sondra on Writing Villains and Antagonists - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Get some tips on writing villains, antagonists, and interpersonal conflict with suggestions on exercises and several great examples in popular animation.
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  • Julie Sondra on Social Media for Authors - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    This video gives a perspective on what social media authors should think about using and some advice on websites and avoiding becoming overwhelmed.
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  • 30-Question Writing Survey! - Duration: 51 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Here is a 30-Question Writing Survey to do on your blog or answer in your spare time! May help jump-start people who are stuck with something they're writing or having trouble getting excited about...
  • Julie Sondra on Writing Diverse Characters - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    Just some words of advice on why you should care about diversifying characters in fiction and a little on how to do it.

    Links of interest:


    My interview on Di...
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  • Julie Sondra on Choices in Publishing - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    This rambly video gives some vague advice on how to make choices about the publishing path for what you write. Not everyone has to pursue an agent and a mainstream deal--watch this to hear some per...
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  • Julie Sondra on "What surprised you about getting published?" - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    In this video I look at five things that surprised me about getting published despite the research I'd done.
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  • Julie Sondra on Why Editing Is Important - Duration: 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    Please get a good proofreader if editing is not your strength! You are not above delivering a polished product.
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  • Julie Sondra on Responding to Reviews - Duration: 5 minutes, 20 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    This video discusses the circumstances under which an author should respond to reviews. (Spoiler: DON'T.)
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  • Julie Sondra on Choosing Character Names - Duration: 8 minutes, 57 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    Some thoughts on what to take into consideration when choosing names for your characters.
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  • Julie Sondra on the Acknowledgments Page - Duration: 8 minutes, 56 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    Here are some guidelines on who you should thank on your acknowledgments page. Don't wait until you have a book deal and a deadline to start keeping track of who's helped you!
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  • Julie Sondra on Writing to the Market - Duration: 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    What are we talking about when we discuss "writing to the market"? How much do you compromise, how do you write something marketable, and WHY?
  • Julie Sondra on What Goes In My Bio? - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    Here are some tips on what to put in your bio for query letters and other writing-related submissions and applications.
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  • Julie Sondra on "Strong Female Characters" - Duration: 6 minutes, 18 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    This video discusses how writing authentic female characters is more about agency and narratives that focus on them as the carriers of their story, not on making them fill traditional boy roles or ...
  • How to Publish Short Stories (Plus Submission Grinder Tutorial!) - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    This video gives short story authors an overview on how to find markets for their fiction and tips on submissions. Heavily features a video tour of The (Submission) Grinder, my favorite submission ...
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  • Julie Sondra on Romance Tropes - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    Here's an overview on some overused and potentially harmful tropes used in fiction in how romance is portrayed and why we need alternatives. From the perspective of an asexual aromantic woman who w...
  • 10 Writing Pet Peeves - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    Just a list of ten pet peeves I have about writing. Mostly just things that drive me up the wall when I see them in published books, and why I think they shouldn't be there.
  • 10 Quick Tips to Jump-Start Your Writing - Duration: 7 minutes, 49 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    If you're having trouble starting or getting back into your project, here are some ideas that can help some writers find and keep their inspiration and motivation!
  • What Literary Agents Do (Besides Sell Your Book!) - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    Ever wonder what else an agent can do for you besides get your book read by agented-manuscript-only publishers? Well, this is a quick list of eight other helpful things literary agents may do for w...
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  • Not-So-Frequently Asked Submission Questions - Duration: 33 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    Already got a literary agent for your novel but still have some questions about how submission to publishers works? Still unagented but looking forward to the submissions process with curiosity? Yo...
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  • Not-So-Frequently Asked Querying Questions - Duration: 22 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    Know the basics of querying literary agents for your novel but still have some questions about how it works? Your not-as-frequently asked question might be answered in this video!

    Answered questio...
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  • Julie Sondra on Common Querying Mistakes - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    What not to do when you're querying literary agents! These are common mistakes to avoid.
    Other videos on searching for an agent:
    Where and how to find literary agents: https://www.youtube.com/watch...
  • Julie Sondra on Publishing Scams - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    Publishing scams? How do you tell that someone in the industry is trying to take you for a ride? Watch this for 10 red flags.
  • Julie Sondra on Writing Every Day(?) - Duration: 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Do you have to write every day if you ever want to be a "real writer"? No.

    Just a couple tips on perspectives for developing writers.
  • Unboxing Video: Receiving My Hardbacks! - Duration: 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    My copies of my book are here and I let you watch me open them.

    If you want to purchase the book, the retailers and websites that let you do so are listed here:
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  • Julie Sondra on "What If Someone Steals My Work?" - Duration: 7 minutes, 1 second.

    • 3 years ago
    Are you worried someone will steal your writing while you're trying to get feedback? Worry no more. Here's an explanation of why it's unlikely to happen and what you can do to protect yourself just...
  • Julie Sondra on Rejection - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    Want to know what to expect when you get rejected? This video discusses the disappointing, painful, and frustrating part of being a writer: those awful rejection letters. I tell you about my first ...
  • Advice for authors who are still working on completing their novels, with hints to avoid common mistakes!

    Julie Sondra on Hints for the Drafting Writer - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    This video can help writers who are still in the drafting stage avoid common pitfalls and learn certain techniques to polish their novels, with particular attention paid to how to begin your novel....
  • Author Panel with Ryan Meany, Ron Riekki, and Julie Sondra Decker - Duration: 41 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    0:37 Ryan Meany Intro
    1:32 Ron Riekki Intro
    3:09 Julie Sondra Decker Intro
    4:48 Ron Riekki reads from The Way North
    10:22 Ryan Meany reads from "Solving"
    14:31 Julie Sondra Decker reads from Bad Fa...
  • Julie Sondra Reads Page One - Duration: 4 minutes, 39 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Just as an experiment, I decided to read to you the first page of the next book I'll be writing. It isn't spoilery for the first book, and I just want to see if anyone has any comments about how it...
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  • Julie Sondra on Education for Writers - Duration: 9 minutes, 37 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Quite a few aspiring authors have asked me for advice on what majors or education they should pursue if they want to be writers. I answer and give some personal experience, as well as reflect on th...
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  • Julie Sondra on Dialogue Tags - Duration: 8 minutes, 57 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    This video covers five reasons why creative speech tags used in place of "said" and "asked" are recommended against. I make my case for why conversations between characters should stand on their ow...
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  • Julie Sondra: From Offer to Book Deal - Duration: 7 minutes, 38 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Just a quick video to tell you a little about what the process of selling my nonfiction book was like! An abbreviated discussion of the process from the first book offer to a publishing contract.

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