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Winter Test

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How to Build Your Author Platform

A major buzzword floating around the publishing world these days is “platform.” There’s a lot of question about what it means and whether or not authors really need to have one. Writer’s … Read more

5 Steps to Book Publishing

Set your goals.When it comes to indie publishing, the best place to start is at the very end. Before you dive in to the process, consider what main goals you have for … Read more

Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality

With the Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality review — included in nearly every Abbott Press publishing package — your manuscript will be evaluated by a professional Writer’s Digest editor. Titles deemed to … Read more

Improve Your Craft and Get Published

Since the 1920s, Writer’s Digest has been providing quality resources to writers like you. Today, Writer’s Digest continues to supply top-notch advice to help you refine your writing skills, but we don’t … Read more

Protected: Writing a Young Adult Novel

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Live Blogging from the 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference

The Writer’s Digest Conference is finally here. Stay tuned right here for live blogging from the event!

Do You Need a Publisher Anymore? Hachette and J.A. Konrath Duke It Out

In his obituary to the year-long Domino Project, Seth Godin wrote that publishing companies and other traditional players that do not adapt to new modes of doing business will go extinct. Others have suggested the same.

Meanwhile, some authors like J.A. Konrath and David Gaughran have eschewed traditional relationships with publishers to create and distribute their work on their own. In the aftermath to the Book Country self-publishing tool launch from Penguin, some outspoken critics took the announcement as an opportunity to question publishers’ relevance.

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20 Master Plots Exclusive

Download a free PDF of the checklists for each of the 20 master plots. About the Book Learn more timeless plots for your fiction in 20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias.

Writer’s Workout Exclusive

Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career. Read an Excerpt! Learn how to cultivate clarity, inventory ideas, write richly, and serve up words. About … Read more

Writer’s Workout Excerpt

Excerpt from The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz CULTIVATE CLARITY When you write something needlessly prolix and convoluted, there’s a reason for it, and that reason is usually a lack of clarity … Read more

Writer’s Workout

The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques from Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-179-0 ISBN-10: 1-59963-179-2 $19.99 paperback, 384 pages Buy the Book! Read … Read more

Word Savvy Exclusive

Download 3 bookmarks with 10 nouns, adjectives, and verbs that everyone should know. Read an Excerpt! Learn how to attack wrong-word problems in your writing. About the Book Find out more about … Read more

Word Savvy Excerpt

 Attacking the Wrong-Word Problem From Word Savvy by Nancy Ragno Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put the plan … Read more

Word Savvy

Word Savvy: Use the Right Word Every Time, All the Time by Nancy Ragno Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-303-9 ISBN-10: 1-59963-303-5 $14.00 paperback, 224 pages Buy the Book! Read an Excerpt! … Read more

Your Story 36 Winners

Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo prompt.
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Important Announcement

Important Update Regarding the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition As part of our dedication to the integrity of all WD competitions, we at Writer’s Digest take a serious approach to the … Read more

5 Factors to Help You Evaluate Blogs & Online Authorities

    Today, over at Courage 2 Create, I’m the featured interviewee. I discuss online authority, and how to decide which people and organizations you should trust. Here’s a small snippet: Authority … Read more

Your Story 35 Winners

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Your Story 34 Winner: Momma’s Boy

Begin your story using the following line of dialogue: “You won’t believe what came in the mail today.” Read more

Dream Big with Us


Hello, all my writerly friends. Some of you know me as “Q&Q Guy.” Others know me as “WD Newsletter Guy.” But I’m hoping that over time, while reading this new blog on the beautifully redesigned (and easy to navigate) WritersDigest.com, you’ll get to know me as “Incredibly Handsome Guy”–or, at least, as a guy who can help you find the advice, information and tools you need to help make you a better writer and advance your writing career. Read more