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Up Close & Personal

Working as writers’ assistants gave these aspiring scribes a behind-the-scenes view of being a celebrity author—and a rare glimpse at what the writing life is really like. 

by Anya Kamenetz

Don’t Be a Writing Diva

Nobody likes dealing with a high-maintenance author, especially agents and editors. Here are 18 tips that will endear you to those who can help you publish or perish.

by Mary E. Demuth

Best Writer’s Website

We’re looking for the writer with the best personal website or blog that was created and is maintained without outside help. Sites will be judged on presentation, ease of use and marketing effectiveness. Send your nominations—and don’t be shy; you can nominate your own site—to writersdig@fwpubs.com with “Best Writer’s Site”...

On The Edge: Boomer Lit

It's difficult to imagine that those 1960s doe-eyed children who brought the world’s attention to Vietnam War protests and love-ins are old enough to qualify as senior citizens. But they’ve finally matured—and so has the fiction being written by and for them.

By Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Pennwriters 2008

Improve your craft and learn about the industry at this year's Pennwriters conference (in Lancaster, PA). Writer's Digest editors and authors will be in attendance, and Joyce Carol Oates will deliver the keynote address.

Living With the M-Word

The M-Word: Marketing
For many writers, marketing is a dirty word—an ugly truth that must be dealt with. Do you want to know what marketing really means? Then read this blog by the beloved marketing manager for Writer's Digest Books, Scott Francis. It's all about marketing your writing without...

The Last Dance

Kara Graham of Lethbridge, AB, Canada, took fourth place in The 8th-Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition.

Kite Maker

Rekha Rao of Pisa, Italy, took fifth place in The 8th-Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition.

The Procedure

Robert Brandt’s riveting story of an E.R. resident trying to save the life of a teenager took this year’s grand prize.