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.


Challenge Assumptions to Sell More Books

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 it’s fiction or non-fiction. People want to know up-front if your book will help solve a problem, inspire them...

The Secret to Writing a Standout Picture Book

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 a child and the adult reading it to her (not to mention editors, agents, and publishers). Picture books are...

How to Get a Short Story Published Like a Pro

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 and so forth. But what if you want to know how to get a short story published? How is...

What You Should Know About the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

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 If you’re an unpublished or self-published first-time novelist, you’re eligible to enter now through February 5 (or until the limit of 5,000 entries have been received) to win the chance to...

Tips to Make Selling Your Fiction a Reality

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 it insinuates that you can ignore marketing your original book. Writing more stories does not a marketing plan make....

Top Tips From the Writer’s Digest Conference

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 the enthusiasm is contagious. Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to attend in person to pick up on...

Ask the Agents

A panel of literary agents talk about their role in the publishing industry and reasons why they reject query letters, proposals, and manuscripts.

The Skinny on Social Networking

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 complain that their online efforts rarely produce tangible results. As an expert who has coached over 400 authors on...

A New Direction for No Rules

2011 was a year of transitions at WD. We re-launched WritersDigest.com. We remodeled the email newsletter. And with another fresh start, it’s fitting that we begin 2012 with a new group effort here on No Rules. Find out a bit more here.

Success Breeds Success – Especially When You Have Success Stories

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 the world. As a supporter of Compassion, I receive their quarterly print newsletter that looks like a first-rate magazine....

Your Top 12 Author Marketing Moves for 2012

Guest Post by Rob Eagar As we face a new year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with resolutions and the desire to improve upon last year’s success or the lack thereof. But, sometimes the hardest part is placing proper focus on the right priorities. With a plethora of choices to market...