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Many writers attend conferences to pitch their work to industry professionals, and nowhere is that more true than at our BEA event that we held on May 27, where more than 400 … Read more
I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you want more … Read more
Today’s guest post is from writer Nath Jones. I’ve known Nath since 1992, when we both started attending a quirky high school on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. … Read more
I find myself advising writers more and more frequently to develop an online presence first—sometimes by blogging—before attempting to get a book published. Some types of content simply work better online, or … Read more
In the March/April 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, our staff collaborated on a feature package that explains in plain English the hows and whys of self-publishing. Our goal: To be fair … Read more
I’ve talked with thousands of talented writers over the years, and nearly all unpublished writers have 1 thing in common that trips them up, every time. They rush to submit their work … Read more
Q: My co-author and I have been asked to provide a collaboration agreement to our agent.‑ Where can‑we find a template for creating this document?—Michele A: Templates for author contracts can be … Read more
We had another amazing year at our writers conference hosted in conjunction with BookExpo America. Here are a few places you can find reaction and summaries: LA Splash has the most comprehensive … Read more
I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Apologies for the lag this … Read more
Today’s guest post is from the lovely Jane Koenen Bretl—an aspiring author taking one day at a time, and writing about it. Her blog, jane, candid, is a sometimes funny, sometimes thoughtful, … Read more
I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Stand Alone (no links) “What … Read more
Today I am thrilled to present a guest post from writer Darrelyn Saloom. I met Darrelyn at a recent Writer’s Digest Editor Intensive, along with Deirdre Gogarty. These two amazing women are … Read more
In today’s writing and publishing industry, knowing how to change and quickly adapt to change can be your biggest competitive asset. This has been a key takeaway for me from the weekly … Read more
I’ve said it before—and many other people have said it, too—but it always bears repeating. Do not go to the BookExpo America trade show to pitch your book or self-published book to … Read more
This was my fourth year speaking at the wonderfully run Pennwriters annual conference. I gave a workshop on building platform, critiqued nonfiction with editor Matt Holliday (Pennsylvania magazine) and agent Uwe Stender … Read more
I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet Great discussion on … Read more
Today we have a guest post from Writer’s Digest author Tim Lemire (I’m an English Major, Now What). Getting your MFA degree in creative writing sounds alluring, especially with the job market … Read more
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) … Read more
A top-shelf journalist, Dan Baum, recently Tweeted about his experience breaking into and then writing for The New Yorker. You can read the full account here. It was fascinating to get an … Read more
Q: I’ve recently finished my first novel and have begun searching for an agent to represent me. Some of the agents ask for a writer’s bio. Could you please tell me exactly … Read more
Many years ago, when I was working as an associate editor for North Light Books (another imprint of F+W Media), I applied for the lead editor position on Writer’s Market. I interviewed … Read more
I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet 10 Common Writing … Read more
Every time I get in a relationship with someone, early on I establish a rule: We will not be having (long) conversations on the phone. I suspect it’s been a deal breaker … Read more
As publisher of Writer’s Digest, I get the tough, make-you-cringe cases for response. Back in March, we received the following e-mail through our general account. It’s a long message, but important to … Read more
When I’m feeling stressed at work, I love watching this clip from Glengarry Glen Ross, where Blake (played by Alec Baldwin) walks into a real-estate office on a rainy night to give … Read more