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How Long Until You Can Follow Up on Query Letters?


Q: I e-mailed a query to a magazine editor three weeks ago and haven’t heard from him. The writer’s guidelines state, “Don’t call us; we’ll call you if we want to use … Read more

The Essential Online Tool for Writers

If you’re serious about selling your work, meet your new personal assistant: WritersMarket.com.

With a subscription to WritersMarket.com, you can easily locate new, up-to-date markets for publishing your work, get expert “insider” advice, and track your manuscript submissions and publishing contracts.

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Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

Deal of the Day

What are the Writer’s Digest Editors reading? Find out with the Deal of the Day and Save an Extra 20% Off! Today’s pick is from Zachary Pettit.

Only 2 Days Left! The WD Annual Competition Has a $3,000 Grand Prize (Along With a Trip to NYC!)

Here’s a cool story. The winner of our last Writer’s Digest Annual Competition was John Moir, who won for his news article, “Condors in a Coal Mine.” His entry was chosen from … Read more

6 Key Components of an Online Author Platform

Next week, on June 2, I’ll be teaching a live, online class on building your author platform. To help make “platform” more understandable and approachable as a topic, I’ve boiled it down … Read more

2 Tricks to Keep Your Online Reading Manageable

As you can imagine, I do a LOT of online reading, across hundreds of sites and blogs. To manage it all, I do 2 things: I use Google Reader, which is an … Read more

3 Publishing Trends Writers Must Stay On Top Of

This week marks the publishing industry’s largest trade show, BookExpo America. This is the first year since 2004 that I’m not attending, but in honor of that show, I’m offering up 3 … Read more

Final Post :(

Well, the school year is finally over and with it comes the end of my tenure here at MFA Confidential. I want to thank Writer’s Digest for giving me this wonderful opportunity … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/20/11)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the comments. Best of Best How to … Read more

WD is Looking For Writers to Submit Work for a Possible Critique in the Magazine

Writer’s Digest magazine is working on a new article where literary agents look at actual first pages and give thoughts on why they work well, or why they don’t. If you’re feeling … Read more

There Are Some People Who Don't Wait

I shared the following on my Facebook page, but it’s too good not to post here as well. Robert Krulwich (who hosts Radiolab—a phenomenal radio show & podcast if you’re not familiar) … Read more

Get Your First 1,000 Words Critiqued By Agent

Among the most popular events at writing conferences today are “Why I Stopped Reading” panels, in which brave attendees offer up the opening pages of their manuscripts to participating literary agents, who … Read more

5 Things The Great Books Taught Me About Writing

Today’s guest post is by Robert Bruce, a full-time writer and a book blogger at 101 Books, where he is currently blogging through Time Magazine’s 100 All-Time Novels. Follow him on Twitter.  … Read more

Videos to Help You Find the Muse

In my last newsletter, I mentioned several videos that I find inspiring that aren’t really about writing. And I asked readers to share with me videos they find memorable. Here are two … Read more

8 Things Readers Want From Self-Published Authors

My post last week, The “Self-Pub Is Crap” Debate, has probably generated more comments than any other post in 2011. Reviewing the comments provides an excellent to-do list of how self-published authors … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/13/11)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the comments. Best of Best Seth Godin … Read more

The Comeback Fight

Pictured above: Boxer Deirdre GogartyDarrelyn Saloom, a monthly contributor here at No Rules, has written an article for Boxing.com about a comeback fight for boxer Deirdre Gogarty. As many of you know, … Read more

Happy News About My Teaching Future

As many of you are aware, for the past academic year, I’ve been serving as a full-time visiting assistant professor of electronic media, at the University of Cincinnati. When I signed up … Read more

The "Self-Pub Is Crap" Debate

I’m reaching an exhaustion level with the following two viewpoints: Most self-published work is crap. Anyone can “publish” their e-book and call themselves an author. None of these “books” are edited. It’s … Read more

Some Fun Trivia For You

I just discovered trivia nights in Cincinnati recently and am hooked. I go whenever I can talk my wife into going, and it’s a lot of fun. For anyone out there who … Read more

Should You Self-Publish After a Near-Miss?

Writers often ask if it’s wise or helpful to self-publish their work if they have “near-misses” with agents or publishers. There’s no one answer that works for everyone. But I’ll try to … Read more

5 Key Research Sites You May Have Missed (Plus Cool Tricks)

I’m as guilty as the next person: I use Google for everything and don’t wander much outside it. (In fact, I use iGoogle as my browser homepage.) But as any astute researcher … Read more

Another Year Over

Today begins my last week of classes for the spring semester. This time next year, if all goes as planned (which it rarely does) I will be submitting my thesis and graduating … Read more

Is Email the New Blogging?

The meme these days seems to be that e-mail newsletters (or content marketing through e-mail) is the new blogging. Actually, I lie. It’s a fairly old meme—I can at least trace it … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/6/11)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the comments. Also: Check out these upcoming … Read more

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