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.
Here are a few things to consider after you’ve written your first love—uh—I mean draft.
In honor of the great Harper Lee's passing, we'd like to share her writing advice from the September 1961 Writer's Digest.
Small-circulation publications are often overlooked, but they offer big perks to writers who are willing to reach out.
If you are like me, the very words “marketing” and “publicity” exhaust you. Here's what you need to know about hiring a publicist.
Want to make your YA characters more like real teenagers? This teenage writer talked to every teen she knows and came up with a list of the top 6 mistakes writers make when writing YA books.
How often do we allow others to get into our heads, and cause us to question our abilities? Here's how to handle that and push forward with your writing.
Learn how multiple authors dealt with the challenges of working together on a novel.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Carly Watters will teach you how to deconstruct rejections and more. Plus, as a bonus, Carly will critique your one-page query letter! Details here.
Here are five common causes of writer's block and the solutions to get you out of them.
If you're a parent (or a writer with outside responsibilities), you'll need to find a way to write in an always-changing, consistently disruptive environment. Here's how to do that and reach your writing goals.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Jennifer De Chiara will guide you, step by step, in writing the perfect pitch for your book. Plus, she'll critique your query letter. Sign up now.
We invited professor, award-winning author and National Black Writers Conference co-founder Elizabeth Nunez to contribute to the conversation on diversity in publishing. Here's what she had to say.
If you have ever written a high school term essay, you can write your life story. Here are the 10 core legacy themes to help you accomplish it.