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Today’s guest post is from becoming-a-regular-and-fabulous-contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Above she is shown with Tim Gautreaux, the recipient of the 2009 Louisiana Writer Award and author of three novels and two story collections. … Read more
On my desk I keep a copy of one of the first Writer’s Digest titles, How to Write Short Stories by L. Josephine Bridgart, published in 1921. It is a subtle reminder … Read more
This post has been adapted from material by Jim Adams, at his site Migdalin.com. I met the talented Jim this past weekend at the WD Editors’ Intensive, and we discussed his passion … Read more
I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you … Read more
Most everyone knows how difficult it can be to sell a memoir when you’re not famous (or infamous). I often advise writers that if you don’t have a celebrity-like fan base, or … Read more
I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Saturday 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 features once again the delightful Darrelyn Saloom. (You can read her first guest post here, “The Song of Writing.”) I’m sure you’ve all experienced some variation of the story … Read more
Ron Hogan of Galleycat has been working to put together a new writers conference with the Center for Fiction in New York—a conference that deals specifically with the issues that writers face … Read more
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