Conferences/Events

Hands-On Advice + Interaction With Harlequin Editors (Free!)

I don’t often report on events like this, but this one is so benefit- and content-driven for writers that every kind of romance novelist could learn something valuable or boost their career because of it. Harlequin is hosting a 5-day online event next week (November 1-5) with more than 50 professional...

The Best Query Writing Advice

Next week, I’ll be critiquing 1-page query letters as part of a live, online class. You can sign up here. I only do this a couple times a year, so if you have a query NOW, here’s your chance for a professional review and edit. There’s a ton of conflicting advice...

5 Things Every Writer Should Know About Rights

Most writers I know fall into 1 of 2 camps: people who are (overly) concerned that someone will steal their work, and innocents who don’t take time to learn what rights they ought to be protecting. So I’d like to outline the 5 things every writer should know about their rights...

Make Your NaNoWriMo Experience Count (4 Excellent Posts)

I’ll be upfront. I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo (and have no desire to), but I’ve observed many writers go through the process. I know it can help writers put aside perfectionism, procrastination, and inhibitions about writing. That is: It motivates a lot of people to SIT and WRITE. One might tend...

Meet Me at the 2011 Writer's Digest Conference

Mark your calendars! In January, I’ll be speaking at the Writer’s Digest Conference, joining a stellar line-up of publishing professionals and successful authors. The conference has many different features/facets, including: The now infamous Pitch Slam, with more than 50 agents ready to meet you and hear your pitch A keynote address...

The Future of Publishing: You Get to Decide

The topic of my talk at the Y-City Writers Conference (this past weekend) was “The Future of Publishing.” While I talked a bit about tech and gadgetry, what I really focused on was how much power writers now have in deciding what their future is. Meaning: Now, more than at any...

Listen to Free Q&A on Getting Published

A couple weeks ago, Chuck Sambuchino & I participated on a panel at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (in Cincinnati) where we answered questions from aspiring writers on how to get published. Due to the kind efforts of Emily Schneider, I can now share with you the recording of that Q&A session. Click here...

Back to Basics: A Writer's 101 Guide to Blogging

On Thursday at 1p EDT, I’m presenting a live, online class, “Build Your Author Platform Through Blogging.” In preparation for that, I’m gathering my favorite resources and 101 articles that are helpful for anyone in getting started—and posting them here for everyone to enjoy. First, a few blogging principles: Provide consistently...

A Time of Immense Change—For You, For Me, For Everyone

Today was my first full day of orientation as a professor teaching e-media at the University of Cincinnati-CCM. (The CCM Village is pictured above—at a very early hour!) Overwhelming doesn’t quite begin to describe the experience. But I know with each day, it will get easier. And as I gain experience...

Newest Opportunities to Hear Me Speak

Lots of cool things happening to update you about (pictured above: a candid shot of me speaking at Midwest Writers in July 2010!). Last week I was a guest speaker on a live teleseminar on memoir, with the NAMW. If you missed it, you can still sign up to get an...

You Can Learn As Much From Writing Friends as Writing Experts

Today’s guest post is by writer David B. Schlosser, who attended the 5th annual Killer Nashville literary conference. My thanks to him for summarizing for us the best information he heard. Follow David on Twitter.— We’re all in this together. By “we,” I mean people dedicated to stories and the words...

What Writers Wish They'd Known Before Pitching

I’m posting from Muncie, Ind., where I’m speaking and networking with writers at the Midwest Writers Workshop. Through Saturday, I’ll be posting wisdom collected from MWW faculty. You can also follow along on Twitter by searching for hashtag #mww10. Today’s post is a brief summary of Dennis Hensley‘s kick-off speech. His...

2 Concrete Ways to Keep Your Writing Career Moving Forward

Today’s guest post is by debut author Justin Kramon, author of Finny, which releases today. In its review of Finny, Publishers Weekly calls Kramon a find, so I am very delighted to feature his best advice for aspiring novelists here at There Are No Rules. You can also read this previous...

Summer Writing Events: Meet Me & Get Advice on Your Career

This summer I’m speaking to writers in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and California. I hope to meet you at one of these events. For a full schedule of where I’m speaking through 2011—and to request me to speak for your group—click here. Tomorrow! Evansville, Indiana (June 19), FREE!I’ll be at the Red...

The 3 Best Takeaways for Writers From BookExpo America

I spent this week in New York at BookExpo America, the book publishing industry’s annual trade show. This year the show moved to midweek, and was two days instead of three—reflecting the struggles of the industry. I focused on attending educational sessions, hearing the best and the brightest talk about the...

Not-To-Be-Missed This Week

Wonderful things this week! Read on! Free webinars Today! Free Q&A with Writer’s Digest editors at 1p EST. Come and ask any question related to writing, publishing, agents, queries, marketing, self-promotion, platform building, social media, blogging, Twitter, Facebook … you get the idea. For more advanced authors, try this free webinar...

Best Resources for Successful Writers of the Future

Today I gave an online class on how writers can succeed in an ever-shifting publishing landscape. To help those students—as well as all of you—I’m providing what I consider the most helpful information sources that offer forward-thinking views for people trying to stay ahead of the curve. These sites should help...

AWP Note + Best Tweets Rests This Week

I’ve been in Denver for the last 5 days for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, where I participated on two panels, and also manned the Writer’s Digest Bookfair table with WD magazine editor Jessica Strawser. I’m calling it a day of rest—Best Tweets will return next week. To...

Your No. 1 Challenge If You're Writing Memoir

Last week I taught an online class about story openings for novel & memoir. Everyone was invited to submit their first pages for a rather public critique. Beforehand, I tweeted some of the best tips, which you’ll find at the end of this blog post. Here I’d like to share the...

5 Superb Tips from San Francisco Writers Conference

Pictured above: Patricia V. Davis and myself in San Francisco, outside of Fog City Diner — I took my first trip to San Francisco to speak and attend the San Francisco Writers Conference. It was a fabulous event, and I covered as much as I could on Twitter. Thanks to the...