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.
Welcome to 2004. Now's the perfect time to establish some realistic writing goals, with this gentle nudge in the right direction.
Experiencing writer's block? Maybe you need to work harder on working less.
She scribbled some notes, got an agent, wrote proposals, collected rejections, landed a publishing deal and finally—finally!—put the book together. But at what point does the whole thing become real?
You can build you future and revisit your past with these helpful tips for organizing your clip files.
Forget about unprofitable autograph parties. Do a mini-seminar insteadyou'll get a larger audience and sell more books.
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.
Product sampling isn't just for tangible items. Help your writing business with a little sampling of your own.
A feng shui expert shows you how to identify clutter and get it out of your life for good!
Many freelance writers are used to flying solo, but opportunities abound for those willing to form a partnership with other writers or editors.
Protecting your home business from natural disasters means taking normal precautions and communications to the extreme.
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...
A recession in the economy does not necessarily result in a recession in your writing. It takes focus, perserverence and positivity to prevail.
Writing isn't always about publishing. For many, the pure joy of putting words and thoughts on paper is achievement enough. Here are tips on how to findor find your way back tothe joy of writing.
In How to Write and Sell Your First Novel, Oscar Collier and Frances Spatz Leighton chronicles tales of first-book sales.
As a writer, whether you believe you're working for an editor, publisher, an agent, or yourself, you're really working for the readers who pick up your writing looking for something that serves them.
Before you get your story on the shelf, you have to know your section.
Should you ever give your writing away to a publication? There are times when you can indeed write for free.
If self-discipline isn't your strong suit, pairing up with a "goal buddy" can help you keep your writing goals on track. But make sure you pick the right partner.
You can't win if you don't enter. But before you do, take a close look at what "winning" really means.
Whether you're querying about a specific article or book or for general assignments, you've got to hook the editor or agent, then deliver a sparkling, well-crafted idea.