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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.

A Note About My Good Friend Earl

There’s a joke by Jay Leno that goes something like: Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you … Read more

How to Succeed in Today's Publishing Industry (Takeaways from Conference)

By noon on Saturday, attendees were commenting that they’d already gotten their money’s worth. I consider that a big win! If you missed the event, you can still get some valuable takeaways: … Read more

Instant Publishing Tools: Getting Noticed & Visible

Today I taught an online class about instant publishing tools that can help you get exposure for your work in digital formats. Thanks to all the participants who joined me today. Here’s … Read more

Do Agents Steal Your Stamps? (The SASE Conundrum)

Q: Do agents steam off the stamps on self-addressed, stamped envelopes (SASEs) and resell them?! The agents demand pages, SASEs, that sort of‑thing, but—and I know this sounds cynical—many of my queries … Read more

Just One More Blogging Benefit for Aspiring Writers

As I catch up from being away at the Writer’s Digest Conference (read more than 100 posts with info here!), guest blogger Jane Koenen Bretl is filling in with some more advice … Read more

Benefit From Our Conference From Afar (or Nearby)

It’s definitely one the favorite parts of my job: speaking at events and meeting writers and other professionals in the business. This weekend, Writer’s Digest debuts its first stand-alone event in New … Read more

Your Friends & Family Are Wrong

Time for a little tough love. To all those writers who say: My family has encouraged me to write this story I had this idea while talking with friends, and they thought … Read more

The Benefits of Blogging (Your Feedback!)

There have been so many wonderful comments from you on the subject of blogging (on this blog, on my Facebook page, and on the Writer’s Digest Facebook page), that I wanted to … Read more

Should You Blog? And If So, What Are Best Practices?

Photo credit: Laughing Squid More writers are blogging than ever. And if you’re not blogging already, you’ve probably considered it. Recently, a writer asked me via Facebook about blogging. She said: [It … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 9/11/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday (or Sunday!) for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always … Read more

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 … Read more

Best Tweets Returns Next Week

It has been nearly 2 weeks since my last curated Twitter list—my apologies for the hiatus. This feature will resume at the end of next week. For those of you who have … Read more

5 Questions You Can Ask Yourself About Stories

A little more from Glimmer Train this month—from the bulletin they just e-mailed to their writers. Go read the full bulletin here. From Ingrid Hill:  The Devil’s Trampoline: My sweet grandmother used to … Read more

Zen in the Art of a Kiss and a Dream

Today’s guest post is from everyone’s favorite regular contributor, Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. Nineteen years ago, I read the nine essays of Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing … Read more

Back from Alaska Round-Up (3 Tips)

I just returned from my 1-week adventure in Alaska. It is certainly the most foreign place I’ve ever been within the United States. You can check out photos here. Here are 3 … Read more

Monthly News from Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train has just selected the 50 winning entries for their first Best Start competition. Each wins $50 and makes Glimmer Train’s Best Start list. This competition is held quarterly and is … Read more

Can I Query Before I Finish My Novel?

Q: I’m currently writing my first novel and am about halfway finished, but I have completed an outline and synopsis. Can I start querying agents now? A: Being a first-time novelist, it’s … Read more

If Your Goal is to Get an Agent…

…the September issue of WD–which hit newsstands just last week–is tailor-made for you. We began working on this annual issue devoted to all things agent back in the spring with a lot … Read more

"Thought Virus" Protection for Writers

Jane kindly invited me to guest blog here on There Are No Rules while she’s enjoying some R&R this week, and I happily agreed. You may recall that the last time I posted … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 8/21/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday (or Sunday!) for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always … Read more

Pain & Struggle: A Fundamental Part of Writing

Nearly one year ago, I came across the following passage on Galleycat: Reflect on this philosophical dispute submitted by one poetry-devoted reader: “The book was a collection of love poems by William … Read more

5 Questions for Those Who Don't Have Time to Market/Promote

(Pictured above: Writer’s Digest and HOW editors/designers, promoting “Art of Manliness” project) “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 8/14/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday (or Sunday!) for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always … Read more

Figuring Out Your Facebook Strategy: 3 Essential Tips

In May 2006, after reading this article in the New Yorker, I joined Facebook, which at that time was primarily used by students. Not being a student, I found very few people … Read more

Hiring a Professional Editor vs. Getting Amateur Critiques

Today I gave a live online class on The First Five Pages—how editors evaluate your manuscript in an instant. It is one of my favorite classes to teach because in one page, … Read more

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