It took one great professor (and one semi-explicit story) to teach me one of the best lessons I ever learned as a writer. Here's why you shouldn't censor your writing.
Here are the six steps you should consider when selecting the right publicity firm for you.
Having interviewed countless bestsellers during my time here at Writer’s Digest, one thing I’ve learned is this: When a writer’s advice sticks with you in a way that changes your own writing life for the better, you should make a point of following that writer. First, the least you can do is return the...
Being a writer is challenging and competitive, time-consuming and exhausting. The last thing you need is negativity. Here's how to surround yourself by supportive people.
When you are writing a book series and you're ready to query an agent, do you just pitch the first book or do you pitch the whole series? We have the answer here.
Learn how this mother-daughters writing team found success self-publishing their work.
Put aside any thought of a little pink diary with Hello Kitty on the cover, secured by a lock that can be jimmied with a toothpick. I’m here to talk about why keeping diary may hold the key to achieving a meaningful adult life. It’s a realization I came to not long ago. I’d...
To write a good young adult novel you need to get yourself back to thinking like a teenager again. This high school English teacher and YA novelist offers up 10 practical tips on how to do just that.
This intensive and information-filled 90-minute webinar is based on the work of Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld's new book, Writing Deep Scenes.
Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 21st annual self-published competition — the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.
This is a question I love being asked because it is such a fertile one, although my first responses are succinct: “No way!” – pause, then, “Absolutely!” Well, it’s a jumble of both. Here's why.
The Writer's Digest Annual Conference is one of the biggest events for writers in the country with a chance to pitch agents face-to-face. Sign up now for the best registration price.
You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you can do just the opposite.
When you read others’ work and follow them online, however, it’s easy to slide into jealousy. Fortunately, you can leverage envy to your advantage.
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.
A quality column takes consistent effort, thought, and much rewriting. My experience writing several columns and the advice of several column writers I interviewed pinpoint seven of the most important and challenging considerations.
How do you stop over-plotting your novel? It isn’t easy, and it isn’t pleasant, but the reward for plot discipline can be a lean, compelling narrative that attracts literary agents. Try these tips.
If a literary agent asks for a six-week exclusive window to look at your manuscript, should you grant it? Here's what you should consider.
If you’re a self-published author, you know it’s an arduous task to get your books noticed, and as the self-publishing industry continues to expand, there is a growing difficulty for authors to stand out. Kindle claims to have close to 4 million e-books in its store, and I’ve heard recent estimates that 40-45% of...
Events are complex beasts and the devil is in the details, so here are some key pointers to give you the best possible chance for a full house at your book release party.
Join us March 19-20, 2016, for The Well-Sold Story Weekend, a brand-new Writer's Digest event in Boston with a goal of helping you to not only write a great book but position it for success in today's difficult publishing climate.
This intensive and information-filled 90-minute webinar gives you a tour of how these sites work and how writers are using them to move their career forward. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, March 24. Sign up here.
"Writing is a job...and requires the same day-to-day discipline—that is, showing up and getting your work done. I can think of no better advice for writers." While that's his best advice, he has other great tips for writers. Check them out here.
It was only after contacting agents that I realized that by making my historical novel's lead a high schooler I had created a problem. Here's what I learned.
For a fiction writer, weaving a real historical incident into my narrative posed an interesting challenge. Here's what you should know.