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
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
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.
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 selling out.
The editorial director for Writer's Digest Books gives her insight and advice on today's book publishing industry and overall writing trends. Visit Jane's blog, There Are No Rules.
There's an art to keeping your kids out of your hair when you're trying to write from home. But if boarding school seems extreme, try these suggestions instead.
Welcome to 2004. Now's the perfect time to establish some realistic writing goals, with this gentle nudge in the right direction.
As the dot.com world shifts, you may lose some of your current freelance jobs. But don't worry, there's still a silver lining for those who want it.
Experiencing writer's block? Maybe you need to work harder on working less.
Learning how to writeand how to write wellis an evolutionary process. Here are six tips to remember as your skills grow and improve.
What to do when your editor's "suggestions" make your manuscript look like it's been through the shredder? Take a deep breath, then
follow these 8 steps.
Just starting out or a seasoned veteran? Learn the five myths you should NOT believeand those that you should.
Product sampling isn't just for tangible items. Help your writing business with a little sampling of your own.
You've got 15 minutes to wow an editor or agent at a writing conference. Here's how to make every second count.
Living the writing life isn't easy. Marcia Golub understands all the joys and frustrations that make up a writer's life, and in her book, I'd Rather Be Writing, she offers both inspirational words and realistic advice on ways to overcome your day-to-day obstacles and make it as a writer. Here are a few of...
Here are four tips for improving your grant applications taken from an article by Josip Novakovich.
A recession in the economy does not necessarily result in a recession in your writing. It takes focus, perserverence and positivity to prevail.
The new year is almost here. Make a resolution to invest in your writing career with a continuing education course.
Before you get your story on the shelf, you have to know your section.
Supplement your writing careerwhile helping others launch theirsby teaching on the side. We outline the best avenues for teaching jobs and tell you how to get them.
Should you ever give your writing away to a publication? There are times when you can indeed write for free.
Want to write a book with someone else? Consider these guidelines to co-authoring before you put a single word on paper.
Secrets of the writing world are everywhereespecially in the pages of books you read every day. Learn how to be a keen reader and pick up tricks of the trade from the writers you love best.
Here are some tips about attending writers' conferences, from former Writer's Digest editor and frequent conference speaker Tom Clark.