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Putting ideas out in the world takes courage, so playing it safe with your writing can be an appealing strategy. Faced with limited writing time and abundant competition, you figure out what … Read more
Where Do You Get Your Creative Writing Ideas? As a writer one of the most common questions you’ll hear is “where do you get your ideas?” Non-writers think that writers have some … Read more
Like most writers, there’s not much I love more than a great story. And when you look beyond the creative new commercials, over-the-top halftime entertainment and an excuse to (over)indulge in beer … Read more
Guest post by Rob Eagar Every author wants a lot of people to buy their books. But, people won’t buy a book unless they feel a reason to read – regardless if … Read more
(Your Moment of Friday Writing Zen) Fitzgerald! Hemingway! “Writing for the talkies!” Bradbury! Photo-plays! Kerouac! King! Capote! (Vintage exclamation points!) At Writer’s Digest, one of my favorite things to do is to … Read more
As any children’s picture book author will attest, writing for children is not easier than writing for adults. In fact, it’s probably more difficult, and here’s why: The story must appeal to … Read more
As a writer you probably hear a lot of advice about how to get your novel published, how to write a perfect query letter, how to get an agent or editor’s attention … Read more
The query letter is that all-important first contact with literary agents. Before they opt to read your work, they have to be interested in you and your story — and that’s what … Read more
The very narrow annual submission window is now open for the much-buzzed-about Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (learn about it here). If you’re an unpublished or self-published first-time novelist, you’re eligible to enter … Read more
Guest Post by Rob Eagar Earlier this year, I heard a publishing executive say, “The best way to market your fiction is to write more fiction.” I disagree with this idea, because … Read more
The protagonist’s conflict with an opposing force—usually in the form of another character—is the essence of every novel. And what can be more fun than turning that opposing character into a serious … Read more
Coming back from the Writer’s Digest Conference, I’ve been thinking a lot about fiction writing. Personally, I enjoy the act of writing almost anything be it nonfiction articles, essays, or even marketing … Read more
The staying power of events like this weekend’s Writer’s Digest Conference comes down to one thing: Momentum. It’s energizing being in the company of so many like-minded people—the solidarity is encouraging, and … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Chris Baty, founder of National Novel Writing Month, gave the closing address of the 2012 Writer’s Digest … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Jeff Gerke, author of The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Jack Heffron, editor and instructor, gave tips about how to make good fiction and non-fiction ideas great. … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- In one of the first sessions of the last day of the 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference, Dan … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– In his keynote address at the 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference best-selling author, Barry Eisler, gave his thoughts … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Keith Ogorek, the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Author Solutions and self-published author of two books, … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————- In the second session of the day, a panel of literary agents–Mary Kole from the Andrea Brown … Read more
This is a post by guest blogger, Joe Perry, intern at FinePrint Literary Management. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Dan Blank, founder of wegrowmedia.com, was one of the first speakers of the morning at the second … Read more
Guest post by Rob Eagar Marketing books via blogs, Twitter, and Facebook has become an extremely confusing topic for many authors. Some people herald social media as the saviour of marketing. Others … Read more
Just do it. The ubiquitous slogan, coined by Nike, is the perfect catchall philosophy for this editor, writer and mom. It helps me accomplish (most) everything I need to do in a … Read more
A few years ago, I decided to learn to knit—and that my first project would be a baby blanket for a friend who’d just announced her pregnancy. I soon discovered why most … Read more
Guest Post by Rob Eagar I’m a big fan of Compassion International (www.compassion.com), a non-profit organization that helps provide food, education, and medical treatment to children who are stuck in poverty around … Read more