Happy Book Birthday: Author in Progress

Today I’m excited to announce the release of Author in Progress, a book for novelists in progress, published by Writer’s Digest and written by the writers on Writer Unboxed (including me!!). On Writer Unboxed today, there’s a full description of the chapters in the book, along with a GIVEAWAY!!

A little over four years ago I had my first post at Writer Unboxed: I’m Not Above Spying. Since then, I’ve gone from being an occasional contributor to a regular contributor to an assistant editor and contributor. Writer Unboxed started out as—and still is—my favorite blog for writers. It inspires, educates, informs, but above all else it’s positive and empowering. This is what sets WU articles apart from what you might see on other sites for writers, and it’s also what sets Author In Progress apart from other books for writers—all thanks to the vision of editor Therese Walsh, also the co-founder and editorial director for Writer Unboxed.

Author in Progress is for novelists in progress at every level, featuring all new essays on everything from how to push through challenges to how to thrive throughout the process of writing a novel, broken into 7 sections:

  2. WRITE
  3. INVITE (critique)

My essay is very-appropriately located in the section on persevering. It’s called, “The Torturous Waiting: How Waiting Becomes a part of Writing”—because I’ve done a lot of that. Let’s face it, we all do a lot of that—waiting for agents, for publishers, for critique partners—and it’s important to keep a positive attitude while we wait, focusing on the one thing we really can control: the writing.

Here’s a tip I offer in the article: find a writing accountability partner (like I have), someone to check in with weekly, to talk about how the writing is going, and to bounce ideas off of.

I hope you enjoy the book and find it as useful as I’ve found it (and I hope you’ll check out Writer Unboxed, if you don’t already!).





  1. Wonderful! I’ve been waiting for this. Just ordered it. Thanks to you, Julia, and the entire Writer Unboxed team. It truly is the best blog for writers. Congratulations to all of you.

  2. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S!

  3. Congratulations on your contribution! I was excited to see your post pop up in my email 😉 I’m also going to check out Writer Unboxed.

  4. Micky Wolf says:

    Congrats to you, Julia, and the WU (great) gang! This book is on my to get list. Or, maybe for Xmas. My adult children always appreciate gift hints. 🙂 Nice to see your post in my inbox this afternoon. 🙂

  5. Thank you for being a part of this book, Julia! I’m so grateful that you’re a part of the WU team. 🙂

  6. Congratulations! 🙂

  7. Yay! Congrats, Julia! I can’t wait to dig into your essay. Things will be slowing down here after this Friday, so maybe this weekend I can finally get into the book properly. <3

    • I can’t wait to read all the essays, too. SO wish you were going to be at the UnCon. One of these days we’ll meet in person, and until then, let’s schedule another Skype 🙂

  8. Nina says:

    Congrats! Cannot wait to read it. I just ordered my copy.

  9. Cherry says:

    You are the second of my blogging friends to have a book out this month , that is brill congratulations Julia . It .ll be on my short list . Good luck with it my friend ✨xx