The key to successful collaborative writing, from an equal co-authorship to a ghostwritten autobiography, is a good contract that is clear about who has what roles, how rights and burdens are shared, and how to unwind the project if things implode. Here are the key terms your collaboration agreement should cover.
Books to Movies: Barri Evins reveals how to harness the power of theme to entice publishers, captivate readers, and attract the film and television industry.
In case you didn't make it to the 2018 Writer's Digest Annual Conference, or you didn't manage to catch a session you were dying to attend, we've selected 100 of the greatest writing and publishing tips from the speakers who graced us with their knowledge and experiences.
Researching literary agents feels daunting, but so is writing a book! And you’ve already done that. You definitely can create a list of agents who should be a good fit for your work. Here's how.
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Learning (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Learning to Love,” “Learning to Forget,” “Learning More Than I Ever Thought I’d Need to Know About...
In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Jacqueline Hallenbeck who writes, “I must admit… I use poetry as a...
The Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards are basically the Oscars of the magazine, blogging, newswriting and design worlds. This year, Writer's Digest entered two categories—Full Issue and Profile/Q&A—and was named a finalist in both.
Want to write the best possible book? You need an editor. They are critical for making your writing “tight” and immersive. But before you do, you need to understand when to hire an editor.
In a conversation with WD, Easy Rawlins author Walter Mosley reflects on the passion and craft that informs his bestselling novels.
For today’s prompt, write a chore poem. For some, waking up in the morning is a chore; for others, washing dishes and folding laundry is a chore. I hope you don’t find writing this poem a chore; I know I won’t find reading them a chore. ***** Get Published With Poet’s...
About a week behind what I was expecting, but here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the cyrch a chwta along with a Top 10 list. Read all of them here. Here is the winning cyrch a chwta: Seasick, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming I traveled to see...
Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Sarah Gerton of Curtis Brown, Ltd.) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
The Octavia Project, WD’s inaugural charity partner for the 2018 Annual Conference, offers young women and trans, gender non-conforming, or questioning youth the chance to participate in free interdisciplinary workshops that encourage critical thinking, build confidence, and develop skills in a myriad of subjects.
In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with literary agent Barbara Poelle, and shares an inside look at the weird and wonderful relationship between author and agent. In this interview, they discuss how to write a query letter that gets agents wanting you, what questions you should...
The most common mistakes that bog down an otherwise flowing narrative are easy to avoid or correct when you're editing fiction scenes. These five simple steps will make your writing soar and your readers sit up and take notice.
In her setting-centric novels, bestselling mystery author Cara Black shows the seamier side of the City of Light.
As a preview of their Writer's Digest Annual Conference panel, a thriving writing group composed of of Kimmery Martin, Bess Kercher, Trish Rohr and Tracy Curtis offer their thoughts about how the power of connection can propel your writing career, and the role a writing group can play in your journey.
Bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld (Eligible) explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the richest social commentary.
In our Breaking In column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Lyra Selene, author of Amber & Dusk—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. Here, Selene discusses the importance of perseverance when the going gets tough.
Our panel of thriller agents provide their thoughts on the state of the thriller and suspense subgenres and share their own favorite thrillers and what makes them work, along with some crucial advice for querying.
There wasn’t enough space in print to include every pearl of wisdom our literary agents shared in this year’s annual agent round-up. Find useful advice for getting published in this online feature.
For today’s prompt, write a release poem. At first, this prompt might seem a little odd, but there are several ways to come at it. For instance, fishers often catch and then release fish. Or people may release their grip on a coffee cup, steering wheel, or book of poems. Of...
Finding an agent who will take a chance on your book can be a challenge, and a lengthy one at that. If you’re struggling, here are some words of wisdom from celebrated authors—including Helen Hoang, Robyn Harding, Elyssa Friedland and more—to motivate you to keep working toward your goal of getting a literary...
This July, 2,000 romance writers from all over the country, descended on Denver for the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference. WD Books author and Writer's Digest conference speaker Kerrie Flanagan shares 5 takeaways for romance authors.
We're not all comedy writers, but many of us want to write a funny story or incorporate funny scenes into a novel. In this excerpt from The Byline Bible, Susan Shapiro offers 18 quick and easy ways to improve at eliciting laughs from your readers.