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Advice for Writers: 3 Keys to Connecting With Young Readers Online

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Here are three guiding stars to navigate the ever-changing Web. Read more

4 Things You Should Know About Writing a Cozy Mystery Novel

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BY ZAC BISSONNETTE Tales spun with lots of suspense—but no sex or violence—are finding a wide audience of armchair detectives. If you’re considering venturing into cozy-mystery writing, here are four things you should know Read more

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

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Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can’t stand how confining they are. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the outlining process, beginning with the shaping of your premise and working all the way through to a complete list of scenes. Read more

The Top 10 Publishing Insiders (& Outsiders) to Follow Online

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We’ve compiled a list of 10 people who are “must-follows” when it comes to getting the inside track on publishing news. We also have a bonus list at the bottom of all the Writer’s Digest editors who are online and constantly sharing great tips, advice and news on writing. If you’re looking for the best people to follow online, these lists are an excellent starting point. Read more

What Writers Need to Know about the E-book Market

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When it comes to a changing marketplace, knowledge is power. Here’s a look at how digital books are changing publishing as we know it—and what that means for you, your writing career, and the future of your work. Read more

How to Finish That Novel

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At one time or another, all writers would probably describe themselves as “frustrated” by the writing process. With writer’s block, computer malfunctions, Twitter, kids, and Tetris all clamoring for our attention, it’s hard to pen a short story, let alone a novel. But if you’re serious about writing you’ll make it work. Here are some tips on finishing that novel. Read more

5 Things Writers Should Ask Potential Agents

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Here’s a list of the five most crucial questions you should ask any agent before agreeing to join her client list. Read more

9 Ways to Crack Into Major Markets With Personal Essays

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Follow these 9 simple steps for writing what you already know, and you could get your big break—and a paycheck to match—faster than you might think. Read more

How to Be a Writer Literary Agents Want

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All agents, admittedly or not, have a wish list—markers that help us determine which writers are primed for our representation. With hundreds of projects flooding our inboxes daily, writers who follow these simple guidelines can catch the eye of an agent and rise like a lotus blossom out of the slush pile. Here’s how to do it. Read more

Will Publishers Buy a 200,000-Word Novel?

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You put all your effort in to writing a book and, when finished, it comes out a little longer than most writing guidebooks suggest. Can you still sell that lengthy novel? Here’s the answer. Read more

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Gathering Testimonials/Book Blurbs

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Testimonies are a long-established method of spreading the word about our good words. Today more than ever, testimonies are a necessity for your “platform”—incorporation on the front and back covers of your book, in the first pages, and, of course, on your website. Gathering effective testimonies depends on several things. Here are six aspects to keep in mind. Read more

The Passing of Author Jay Lake

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Award-winning author and friend of Writer’s Digest Jay Lake passed away after a long battle with cancer. Our very own WD Books Editor James Duncan pays tribute to Lake and his legacy here. Read more

The 12 Steps of Queryers Anonymous

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BY AYA DE LEON Querying have you down? Know that you’re not alone. Follow these steps to help you get through the emotionally exciting (yet tough) process of querying agents. Read more

5 Tips for Hitting Bestsellers Lists

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BY GRETCHEN CRARY As a book publicist, one of the very first questions I’m usually asked is, “Can you help make my book into a bestseller?” While there is no tried and true way, what I can tell you about are some of the secret tips that the big publishers use to give their books the best chance to hit those sought after lists. Read more

How Long Until You Can Follow Up on Query Letters?

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Q: I e-mailed a query to a magazine editor three weeks ago and haven’t heard from him. The writer’s guidelines state, “Don’t call us; we’ll call you if we want to use … Read more

Should You Write for Yourself or for the Reader?

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BY KIP LANGELLO Here’s why you should be crafting your book with one specific reader in mind—and that reader isn’t who you think it is. Read more

Funny You Should Ask – Agents, Rough Drafts and More

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Agent Barbara Poelle tackles reader questions giving thoughtful (and funny) answers. Read more

The 5 C’s of Writing a Great Thriller Novel

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BY JAMES SCOTT BELL Boost your story’s immunity to reader scrutiny with these fortifying nutrients.
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WD Editors Are Writers Too: Meet Adrienne Crezo, Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest

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All the editors on Writer’s Digest staff aren’t just 9-5 editors, we are also writers and storytellers—which is why we are so passionate about writing and publishing. “WD Editors Are Writers Too” is a column on this blog to give you a sneak peek at the folks who lead the WD community—including their quirks, what inspires them and what they are writing outside of the Writer’s Digest world. Today’s pick is Writer’s Digest Managing Editor Adrienne Crezo, who is the newest member of the WD team. (Hopefully she knows that the newest member sponsors Donut Fridays.) Read more

Is It My Writing or Is It My Editor?

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BY JIM DEMPSEY An explanation of the corrections an editor can make to a manuscript, and how editors and authors can work together to make a great novel even better. Read more

3 Writing Tips from Brat-Pack Star-Turned-Writer Andrew McCarthy

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BY KERRIE FLANAGAN The former Brat-Pack actor and director followed his passion into a new career: award-winning travel writer. Here, he shares his best tips. Read more

Are Subjects Joined by “And” Singular or Plural? – Grammar Rules

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If you’re uncertain whether subjects joined by and should be singular or plural, you’ve come to the right place. The simple answer is here. Read more

The Pros and Cons of Publishing With a Small Publisher

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BY ROBERT LEE BREWER So what are the pros and cons of publishing with a small press, and what should you expect if you decide to give it a go? Read more

What Magazine Editors Want (& Don’t Want)

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What are editors’ pet peeves? What can you do to get more and more assignments tossed your way by editors? Do editors expect you to know SEO? (Do you know what SEO means?) I was honored to be interviewed by Laura Pepper Wu, editor of The Write Life magazine, where we discussed many important topics that relate to freelance writers. It’s a lot of great info packed into a relatively short conversation, so it’s worth checking out (not to mention I look incredibly dashing in my bright blue headphones). Here’s the clip. Read more

How to Write a Mashup Novel

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BY PAUL CICCHINI Mashups seem to be one of the hip, ‘in vogue’ things these days, although in actuality the idea is not new at all. For the uninitiated, a ‘mashup’ novel is … Read more

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