October 2014 Issue
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Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
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Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
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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
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
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
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
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The Writer’s Digest Conference is finally here. Stay tuned right here for live blogging from the event!
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.
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.
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
Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo prompt.
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
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
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Begin your story using the following line of dialogue: “You won’t believe what came in the mail today.” Read more
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