The Writer’s Dig

The Writer’s Dig, which covers everything writing—from grammar rules to publishing—is one of the most popular in the writing community. It is curated by writer, multimedia journalist and editor Jess Zafarris. Follow her on Twitter @jfarrisknight.

5 Tips for Translating Crime Novels

Over the past forty years, I’ve translated what seems like every conceivable kind of book, from classics like Anna Karenina to a biography of the Constructivist painter Lyubov Popova, abstruse works of philosophy, and monumental histories—but my focus—with a significant exception for some forays into not-quite-so-contemporary fiction of the past hundred...

13 Lessons From an Epic Book Tour

In support of my book, I went on a book tour. After six months, 75 talks in about 60 cities and towns, and lots of networking, I learned a lot. Here are 13 things you should know when doing a book tour.

At Wit’s End: Tips for Writing Funny — From Erma Bombeck

When Writer’s Digest reached out to let us know they’d uncovered an interview with the legendary humorist Erma Bombeck from the 1970s, we jumped at the chance to take a listen. As her voice filled the walls of my office at the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop I couldn’t...

It’s Never Too Late: On Becoming a Writer at 50

The year I turned 20 I sat down and made out my bucket list, jotting down the decade birthdays—30th, 40th, 50th, and so on—and beneath each entry what I hoped to have accomplished by that date. Longevity not being a strong family trait, I figured I had maybe five decades to...

When Does Black Women’s Fiction Become Just Women’s Fiction?

When does black women’s fiction become just women’s fiction? To answer that question, we’d first have to establish the difference between the two. Some might argue that it’s the characters, others might say themes or cultural perspective. After reflecting on this for years, I concluded that the biggest thing that separates...

A Writers Conference Survival Guide

Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of any conference, whether it’s a cosplay-loaded comic book convention, a business-centric event like BEA or a mystery con that’s geared to fans and authors.