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Emily Cavanagh featured

What Your Writing Life Looks Like as a Professional

The glamorous writer life—working eight hours a day on your manuscript, reviewing edits, and rolling royalty checks—may be more myth than fact. A writer’s life is very different, and much harder, after that first publishing contract. Here’s one writer’s story.

Tabitha Lord featured

Extended Q&A with WD’s Self-Published Book Awards Winner

Horizon, by Tabitha Lord, is the grand-prize winning book in the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. It bested more than 2,300 entries from 55 countries across nine categories to take home a prize package that includes $8,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City. For complete...


24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 46 winners of the 24th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. For full coverage of the awards, check out the March/April 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here for an extended Q&A with the grand-prize winner, Tabitha Lord.   Grand Prize Horizon by Tabitha Lord. $15.95. Wise Ink Creative...

Short Training for Your Long Game: Recommended Reading

In the March/April 2017 Writer’s Digest, StoryADay founder Julie Duffy shares how and why short stories can be a fabulous creativity tool, even for writers who are primarily working on a novel. Drawing on experiences from acclaimed writers who ascribe to this practice, including Hugo Award–winning short fiction writer and novelist Mary Robinette Kowal,...


Take 3: Bonus Q&A’s From Fiction Editors

Fifteen fiction editors at top publications answer our trio of questions to get to the heart of what they’re really looking for in short story submissions—and how yours can stand out. Here are bonus responses we didn’t have space to print in the magazine.

6 Free Writing Trackers

Record-Keeping Made Easy: Download These 6 Free Writing Trackers

Download our ready-made pitch, query and payment trackers (as seen in the February 2017 Writer’s Digest) to streamline the business of your writing—and make this your most efficient year yet. To download the following Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, right-click the links below and select “Save As,” “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” (options vary...

Put Your Workday to Work

Put Your Workday to Work : Online Exclusive Extras

COMPILED BY TYLER MOSS & JESSICA STRAWSER How does your day job help your writing? We asked WD readers, and they answered in droves. From story ideas and innovative routines to insider perspectives and useful new skills, the responses in the February 2017 Writer’s Digest are sure to inspire you to make your whole...

85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. Grand Prize Sabrina Hicks, “Blink” (Children’s/Young Adult Fiction). Read Hicks’ winning entry here. An extended Q&A with our grand prize winner...


Liane Moriarty: Bonus WD Interview Outtakes

Liane Moriarty is a tightrope writer—her characters and plotlines striking a near-impossible balance between the likeable-relatable and the magnetic-eccentric, the irresistibly humorous and the unbearably tragic. That she writes from Australia lends a certain exotic quality to her myriad foreign editions (not many American readers have spouses who say things like, “Don’t be ridiculous,...


Debbie Macomber on Writing Romance: “I’ve never felt alone”

Warm and uplifting, yet undeniably real; comforting and familiar, yet surprisingly fresh; relatable and entertaining, yet comically self-deprecating; generous and humble, yet unabashedly successful: If Debbie Macomber herself seems like a living, breathing extension of the heartwarming romance and feel-good women’s fiction titles that have become her trademark, it’s no accident. And in an...


Narratively is the Online Publication Freelancers Will Love

  Starting in the January 2017 Writer’s Digest, the Standout Markets column now includes online-exclusive opportunities alongside our trio of book publishers, literary journals and magazine markets. Freelance writers will be happy to learn about our inaugural web-friendly market: Narratively. ABOUT: “Narratively is a digital publication that prides itself on looking beyond the news...

Robert Crais

4 Free Extras From the New Writer’s Digest

Did you know every single issue of Writer’s Digest includes bonus online exclusives? And they’re not just for subscribers—they’re for everyone! We must have been feeling extra inspired when we put together the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, because we rounded up even more extras than usual. Learn what really drives Robert Crais to the...

Online Exclusive: Q&A with Sabrina Hicks

“Blink,” by Sabrina Hicks, is the Grand Prize winning story for the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting over 6,000 entries across 10 categories. For complete coverage of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check out the November/December 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can read “Blink” here. What do you...

Online Exclusive: Sabrina Hicks’ “Blink”

“Blink,” a young adult/children’s short story by Sabrina Hicks, is the Grand Prize winner of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. You can read an extended interview with Sabrina here. For complete coverage of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check out the November/December 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. Blink When...


Use a Spreadsheet to Outline Your Novel

If you prefer to write from a detailed outline, an ideal organizational tool may be hiding in plain sight on your computer. View a full-sized version of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet author Michael J. Martinez used to plot out his novel MJ-12: Inception (as explained in the article “Chart It Out” in the October...

The Interminables

Elements of a Successful Query Letter

The “Agent Finder” article in our October 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest featured a deconstructed query letter in which agent Lane Heymont of The Seymour Agency highlighted the strength’s of one of his own client’s novel queries. Here’s another real-life example of a query that worked, featuring commentary and tips from agent Sara Megibow...


Science Fiction & Fantasy Today

In the September 2016 Writer’s Digest, a roundtable of four top agents in the speculative genre delves into a deep discussion them. Here in this online exclusive companion we present a few uncut responses we didn’t have space to print.