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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.


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

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/19/09)

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

5 Common Flaws in Memoir Projects

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

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/12/09)

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

Stay on Premise, PLEASE!

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

Center for Fiction Writers Conference: June 27

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

Does Talent Eventually Get Discovered?

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

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/5/09)

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

WORKING and NOT WORKING with regard to the WRITING of REAL-WRITING

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

What Does It Take for a Blog to Become a Book?

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

Everything You Need to Know About Self-Publishing (Sort of)

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

Persistence Doesn't Matter If You Make This Common Mistake

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

Where Can Authors Find Contract Forms?

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

Recap of 2009 BEA/WD Writers Conference

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

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/29/09)

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

Just a Start (How a Writer Builds Confidence)

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

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/22/09)

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

The Song of Writing

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

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