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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.


Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/24/09)

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, or … Read more

Your Protagonist Must Have a Goal (Plot-Protagonist Secret #3)

Today’s guest post is the final installment of a three parter, and comes from the experienced Jim Adam, who I met at a recent Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive. Visit his homepage, or … Read more

Does Your Novel Fall Victim to the Protagonist/Goal Switcheroo? (Plot-Protagonist Secret #2)

Today’s guest post is the second installment of a three parter (ending Friday), and comes from the wise Jim Adam, who I met at a recent Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive. Visit his … Read more

How to Prevent Reader Boredom in Your Novel (Plot-Protagonist Secret #1)

Today’s guest post is a three parter (ending Friday), and comes from the inimitable Jim Adam, who I met at a recent Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive. Visit his homepage, or follow him … Read more

5 Elements of Query Letters

Earlier this year, I taught an online class where I offered “extreme makeovers” on query letters. To help ensure everyone took away some concrete advice, every attendee was invited to submit a … Read more

Turn Your Dragons Into Princesses

Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet is one of the greatest writing advice books of all time. You can highlight nearly every passage as an inspirational gem. But there isn’t any quantifiable … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/17/09)

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

10 Steps to Put Social Networking Under Your Spell

Today’s guest post is from content maven Meryl Evans. She helps businesses build and maintain relationships with clients and prospects through content. She’s also a long-time blogger who started blogging on June … Read more

Read My Writing and Tell Me What to Do

I laughed out loud today when reading a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Derek Sivers, where he describes the single most common request he receives from people. It’s EXACTLY what … Read more

Love Prompts? You Need PROMPTLY.

Creative writing prompts (or finding inspiration) is one of the most popular, evergreen topics at Writer’s Digest. So this week we’re very proud to launch a new blog called Promptly by Writer’s … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/10/09)

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

Twitter: Food for the Muse

Today’s guest post is from monthly contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter. (That’s her not-naked Twitter profile pic above.) Are there more writers than social media marketing gurus, naked people, or … Read more

Not All Books Need to Be Well-Written to Sell

If you’re writing a nonfiction book, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether your book is more about ideas/information or art. If your book is more about ideas/information, it … Read more

That Unquantifiable Factor That Helps You Get Published and Succeed

Lately I’ve come across a refrain of advice that gets truer the longer I’m in the business: the strength of your relationships is essential to getting ahead, which means having a network … Read more

The Secret Weapon Behind Writer's Digest Books

Our executive editor of Writer’s Digest Books—who has been part of Writer’s Digest for longer than I have—is probably the best-kept secret we have around here. That’s because she’s a little shy, … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/3/09)

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

There Are 2 Types of Writers: Which Are You? (The Other Side of the Slush Pile)

Today’s guest post is from the insightful Jim Adams (Migdalin.com). I met Jim at the June WD Editors’ Intensive. He also contributed this piece about the benefit of hiring a professional editor. … Read more

Who Exactly Are the Middlemen in Publishing? Can They All Disappear?

There have been a number of thought-provoking articles lately on: whether publishers can be eliminated as the “middlemen” between authors and booksellers/readers (read this Fast Company article postulating a future where authors … Read more

The Hardest Part About Developing Platform (Who Are You Anyway?)

The hardest part about developing a platform is deciding what you’re all about. In business terms, it would be considered your unique selling proposition (USP). Identifying this USP—or your reason for being!—involves … Read more

Are You Needlessly Worrying About Your Work Getting TOO MUCH Exposure?

As writers become more and more comfortable with online media, I receive more and more questions like this: If I post my work on my own site, will anyone be willing to … Read more

Risking Failure (from the Glimmer Train Bulletin)

Every month, Glimmer Train sends out a monthly bulletin with information about their contests, as well as helpful advice from established writers. In the most recent bulletin (Bulletin 30), you’ll find: Making … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/26/09)

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

Better Than Brad Pitt? (Why You Should Go to Book Events)

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

Writing Advice Hasn't Changed Much Since 1921

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

How to Save Time and Money with Professional Editors

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

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