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.


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What’s the Scariest Book You’ve Ever Read?

Whether you’re frightened by the extraordinary or the monsters we can become, Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in spine-tingling reads. From mysteries to short stories, from nonfiction to classic horror, the editors of Writer’s Digest share their scariest reads. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King “I’d always been warned that The Shining was...

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Think SEO: Day 23 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Believe it or not, we barely have more than a week left of this challenge. Let’s make it a super great final stretch! Think SEO For today’s platform-building task, slow down and think a little about SEO (which is tech-speak for search engine optimization, which is itself an intelligent way of saying, “what gets...

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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition with Crime Judge Jeffrey Marks

Today, as part of our Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition series, Crime judge Jeffrey Marks provides tips and techniques for a standout submission. Meet the Judge: Jeffrey Marks is a long-time mystery fan and freelancer. After numerous mystery author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer...

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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition with Thriller Judge Jodie Renner

Today, as part of our Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition series, Thriller judge Jodie Renner discusses how to avoid common mistakes and take your submission to the top. Meet the Judge: Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide...

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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition with Science Fiction Judge Philip Athans

The deadline for the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards has been extended to November 6! This week, check out interviews with our Popular Fiction judges to find out how to make your submission stand out. Our first interview is with science fiction judge Philip Athans. Meet the Judge: Philip Athans is the founding partner...

Robert Lee Brewer

Join Google+: Day 16 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

I’m glad so many people were “gone writing” yesterday. It’s important to remember that not only CAN you do that while building a writing platform, but you SHOULD do that while building a writing platform. Now back to platform-specific stuff… Join Google+ For today’s platform-building task, join Google+ at http://plus.google.com. While I happen to...

When It Comes to Your Writing, It’s NEVER Too Late!

Let’s get one thing out of the way: The idea of feeling like it might be “too late” to do something doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with age. I remember vividly the first time I was overcome with the unsettling sensation that certain ships had sailed. I was a new college graduate folding...

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Bloggers of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

On Day 3 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge, the task was to create (or improve) a writing blog. Several writers took the challenge and shared their blog URLs. I’ve collected them in the list below. Bloggers of the 2015 October Platform Challenge While I tried to make this list perfect, I know that...