There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

Get on the cutting edge of today’s publishing trends and how authors can succeed in a world of fast-paced technological change, guided by the editors of Writer’s Digest. You’ll get an inside look at the work, play, and passion of the publishing business and find practical tools for success.


I Have an MFA. What Now? 6 Paths for MFA Graduates

The MFA degree is of the utmost importance—until someone asks you what your plans are after graduation. Don’t know what to do with your MFA? You’re not alone. Here’s some advice to help you decide. Teaching Before you even graduate, you’re most likely going to work in a Writing Center and/or teach undergraduate courses...

Relief for Your Revision Struggles

The September 2015 Writer’s Digest, The Smart Writer’s Guide to Revision, is new on newsstands, and I’ve gotten so many nice notes about my Editor’s Letter that I thought I’d share it here—both as a preview for our latest issue and as a way to commiserate, connect and relate with fellow writers in the...

Writer's Market 2016

2016 Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition

The time has come to update your copies of Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition. This will be my 16th edition with the series, and I’m confident this version is both the latest and the greatest yet. Writer’s Market 2016 Let’s start off by looking at the updated Writer’s Market 2016, which includes...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

8 Blogging Tips for Writers to Find Success

Blogging is an incredibly effective and efficient way for writers to reach their target audience and build writer platforms. In other words, it’s a great method for writers to find engaged readers and more success with their writing. In this post, I’ll share eight simple, but super effective tips (that not all bloggers use)...

Burning_Paper

Censorship: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

I tend to be a timid writer. I constantly second-guess myself as I worry about what people will think. I’m afraid that people will completely reject and even hate what I have to say. This rejection happens on a regular basis as many writers find their works challenged or banned, thus feeding my fear....

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 10.33.51 AM

“How to Craft Query Letters, Opening Pages, Synopses, and Nonfiction That Get Noticed” — July 13 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp with Kimberley Cameron Literary

When your submission materials arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection. Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories...

blog_your_way_to_success

Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success

Here we are: the final part of this eight-part series on better blogging for writers. After running through this series, writers should be able to blog at a higher level than most. Of course, there’s more to learn once you get comfortable with the basics. For today’s installment, we’ll look at how bloggers utilize...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Develop a Blog Post Promotion Plan

Somehow we’re already seven posts into this eight-part series on better blogging. It’s funny how time flies when you’re posting a series like this. The same thing happens in April and November for my poem challenges. Anyway, we’re going to discuss why it’s important to develop a blog post promotion plan today. Develop a...

The Mastery Path: For Writers Who Want to Be Great

Today we have a guest post from WD author Barbara Baig. Her new book, Spellbinding Sentences, is designed to help writers master the power of the English language. You’ll learn the different qualities of words and the many way those words can be combined to craft sentences that hook readers. Below is a sampling of the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance

Last week, I discussed the importance of crafting an editorial calendar for your blog. It helps a blogger plan out content in a general way. Today’s post is about planning out posts on a post-by-post basis. Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance Every blog has its own needs and goals. As such, I consider...

Focus on the Writing Life: Feeding Your Creativity

Every writer goes through a creative dry spell. And sometimes that point of struggle can leave an author straining her brain for the right idea, plot line, or word. Everyone will give you differing advice on how to handle Writer’s Block, or to enhance your creativity, but few will tell you to take a deep breath...

blog_your_way_to_success

Track Your Blogging Success

Part five of this eight-part series on better blogging deals with the importance of tracking your blog to find more success. The first four parts are linked below this post to make it convenient for you to access the entire series. Track Your Blogging Success While putting together this series on better blogging, I...

blog_your_way_to_success

Design Readable Blog Posts

Already half the way through this 8-part series on better blogging. The first three parts are linked below this post; today we’re covering why it’s important to design readable blog posts and also how to make that happen. Design Readable Blog Posts Step one, use headers like the one directly below the first paragraph...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Put Blog Readers First

Here’s Day 3 of the 8-part series on better blogging for writers. The first day was aimed at creating a niche for your blog; the second day looked at crafting an editorial calendar for your blog; and today we’re going to discuss putting blog readers first. Put Blog Readers First In some ways, today’s...

Basic Editorial Calendar

Craft an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

Time for Day 2 of this 8-part series on blogging. Yesterday, I shared why bloggers should create a niche for their blogs. Today, I’m going to cover one of the more important tools a blogger can pair with that niche: the editorial calendar. Craft an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog Even with my background...

blog_your_way_to_success

Create a Niche for Your Blog

Over the years, I’ve found a great deal of success through my blogging efforts, whether with my Poetic Asides blog on poetry or my more personal My Name Is Not Bob blog. Those efforts have led to freelance opportunities, recognition, and more. I’ve created an 8-part series of posts on better blogging for writers...

9781599638157_5inch_300dpi

5 Minutes to Writing Better Guns and Knives

A guest post by Benjamin Sobieck 1. Switchblades Are Out, Assisted Opening Knives Are In Switchblades (aka “automatic knives”) are still around, but they’ve grown gray hair and moved to Florida. How stereotypical. Since the mid-’90s, there’s a new whippersnapper on the block with all the benefits of switchblades and few of the legal...

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 1.51.15 PM

Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids — June 29 Boot Camp by the Agents at P.S. Literary (with a Critique for all Attendees)

Children’s books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to only take up space in libraries, children’s bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children’s books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations,...

Call for Submissions: See Your Story in WD!

We want YOU to fill in the blank: “It’s NEVER Too Late To …”  Make Your Writing Dreams Come True! When it comes to your writing, did you finally get around to doing that thing you’ve always wanted to do? Every day, writers everywhere are realizing that it’s never too late to start that memoir, try...

Free Sample Chapter of Writing New Adult Fiction!

To help spread the spirit of summer and our Friends and Family Sale, we want to offer you a free sample chapter from one of our books! Today’s sample chapter is from Writing New Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson. Writing New Adult Fiction is a guidebook to writing 18- to 26-year-old characters. Halverson helps writers navigate how to write...

Free Sample Chapter of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence

To help spread the spirit of summer and our Friends and Family Sale, we want to offer you a free sample chapter from one of our books! Today’s sample chapter is from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld. A Writer’s Guide to Persistence is the perfect manual for anyone who struggles to find time to write. Rosenfeld...

Creativity: The X Factor

One of the most popular toys in our household these days is a set of remote control bumper cars. One is red, one is blue, and to win a round of this game, you need to crash into your opponent’s car at just the right spot to eject the little helmeted driver. We acquired...