New Titles From Writer’s Digest

Give Your Writing the Gift of Structure & Discipline

I loved school growing up. I didn’t know it then, but I thrived on the structure and discipline of study. I always felt more productive when in school. (Work later served the same purpose—feelings of creativity and productivity.) But I have exactly the opposite inclinations in my personal life. No structure,...

3 Critical Steps After Rejection

Just released from Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Digest University is part market guide, part boot camp, offering keys to getting your work published. I am honored to have written the introduction to this book, which you can read in full here. In the intro, I share 3 steps you should take after...

The Evolving Role of Literary Agents

Today I’m a guest interviewee over at Jungle Red Writers, on the evolving role of agents. The incredible Hallie Ephron interviews me. Here’s a snippet: Hallie: Is the agent’s traditional role as link between author and publisher going the way of the dodo? Jane: I’d rather say that the agent’s limited...

The Best 101 on Self-Publishing + Resources

The best education on how to self-publish (whether in print or online) can be found in these 3 places: Self-Publishing a Book: 25 Things You Need to Know by David Carnoy (CNET) How to Self-Publish an E-Book by David Carnoy (CNET) Everything You Need to Know About Self-Publishing: the March/April 2009...

One of My Most Embarrassing Moments at Writer's Digest

The first author I ever interviewed for Writer’s Digest was Richard Russo. It stands as the only major author interview I’ve conducted in-person. Russo was serendipitously stopping in Cincinnati for a book signing at Joseph-Beth, just a couple weeks after he won the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls. I prepared extensively...

Newest & Best From Writer's Digest

Here are the latest and newest happenings at Writer’s Digest! First—for fun!I wrote a brief piece for The Verb describing my work space. Go check it out! $10 Off Writer’s Market SubscriptionFor July only, we’ve lowered the prices on WritersMarket.com by $10. That’s 25% off an annual sub, giving you access...

Why You Should Post Your Work Online

Today I’m the featured blogger over at Writer Unboxed, where I contributed a new post: Stop Being Afraid of Posting Your Work Online*. Too many people are afraid of the very thing that could move their career forward and improve their work. After you read that, you might also be interested...

Hiring a Freelance Editor: Know How to Do It Right

My regular column over at Writer Unboxed is now posted:Should You Hire a Professional Editor? The comments/discussion offers excellent & valuable information on choosing a professional editor, and deciding if you even need one. Most people are NOT ready to pay for editing. This is especially true of writers who have...

What Can You Accomplish in 30 Days? (Free Worksheets!)

Over the past year, Kelly has been picking books from the Writer’s Digest list that she finds most helpful. Here’s her very last installment for us! Kelly’s thoughts on Book in a Month: I get so many proposals from people who want to do books that explore the fear and self-doubt...

Form the Perfect Critique Group

My colleague, Kelly Nickell, is the mastermind behind the titles we publish at Writer’s Digest Books (with the exception of the annual market listing guides—more on that here). On a regular basis, she writes a column explaining why we decided to publish a certain book, or what makes it extraordinary or...

A Big Mistake to Avoid in Story Openings

I’ve read countless manuscripts that begin by describing a character writhing in pain. Mental pain, physical pain, emotional pain, you name it. For instance: John clenched his throat and tried to stop the flow of blood, but he couldn’t. His skin became whiter and whiter, and he broke out into a...

10 Fun Things at Writer's Digest

November was a quiet month for me last year on this blog (because I was stuck in Thailand), and it was a quiet month again this year—but for different reasons (budgeting!). While I’ve been crunching numbers, lots of cool things have been happening at Writer’s Digest that I didn’t get to...

Writer's Digest Hits Top 10 Amazon List

Just got word that our recent release, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations With 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft by Mike Sacks, hit Amazon’s Top 10 List of Best Entertainment Books in 2009. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, and said, “Veteran journalist Sacks conducted dozens of interviews with...

Book Promotion: Like Shouting Prayers Into Hurricane

I first met author N.M. Kelby at the AWP Conference in Atlanta. The Writer’s Digest staff includes many fans of her work, so it was thrilling to talk with her about a potential book project. I’m now proud to announce the fruits of our collaboration, new to our list this fall:The...

The Secret Weapon Behind Writer's Digest Books

Our executive editor of Writer’s Digest Books—who has been part of Writer’s Digest for longer than I have—is probably the best-kept secret we have around here. That’s because she’s a little shy, a bit modest, and likes to work behind the scenes. Starting today, we’re gently nudging her into the limelight...

News, Events, and Free Info at Writer's Digest

Today I’m taking a little break to let you know about some other stuff happening at Writer’s Digest. Tomorrow I leave for the Pennwriters conference in Pittsburgh and will be Tweeting (@JaneFriedman) and blogging throughout the weekend. Cool stuff on other WD blogs What Should You Include on Your Bio for...

Announcing a Brand-New Market Book!

NEW this year from Writer’s Digest Books!Plagiarist’s MarketISBN: 0807504041 It’s time to turn a stereotype on its head. Plagiarism: It’s often cited as an example of what not to do in the writing craft, but sometimes it’s not all that bad—in fact, sometimes it’s downright lucrative. In this new market guide,...

Enter to Win Charming Illustrations by Daniel Wallace

To help promote our recent release, Pep Talks, Warnings & Screeds (indispensable wisdom and cautionary advice for writers by the indubitable George Singleton), we are giving away two fabulous original illustrations (see below) that were commissioned especially for this full-color book. The illustrations are by Daniel Wallace (of Big Fish fame—even...

Two Weeks of WD's Brave New World

It’s been just a little over two weeks since Writer’s Digest was re-organized within F+W Media as a community-category (rather than as separate media/business units). Hands down, it’s the most exciting time I’ve ever experienced at WD (and not because of the frenetic energy and craziness of Q4 environment in a...

From First Draft to Finished Novel

One of our newest releases, From First Draft to Finished Novel, scored a positive review over at Armchair Interviews. Here’s a little of what they had to say: From First Draft to Finished Novel is a wonderful addition to the writer’s reference library Wiesner makes things as easy as possible for...