The Best New Advice for Getting Published

You can always tell when it’s officially springtime here at the WD offices. Everyone is smiling because of the sunshine. Everyone is sneezing because of the pollen. And everyone is buzzing about the release of our most popular annual list: The 101 Best Websites for Writers. (There are also some unruly Canadian geese who take our parking lot hostage every April, but that’s another story.)

Our May/June issue hits newsstands this week, and it’s been exciting to see this year’s list already drawing some great early feedback on Twitter, reader blogs, and elsewhere on the Web. Culled from nearly 4,500 nominations from WD readers and the writing community at large, this year’s roundup really is our best yet—and a must-have for every writer, no matter what kind of writing you do. (In fact, the buzz has been so good that I’ve decided to give away a free copy of this issue to one commenter on this blog post—details below!)

But that’s not the only thing worth buzzing about in our latest issue. A lineup of top-notch contributors lent their expertise to our spotlight feature package: “Publishing Today: What Every Writer Needs to Know,” and really zeroed in on that word today—aiming to offer you smart, informed and realistic approaches to meeting the unique challenges of getting published (and/or self-publishing an e-book and/or print book) in an industry that’s evolving faster than we can keep up. We cover the whole trifecta of publishing options—Traditional Publishing, Digital Publishing, and Self-Publishing—and offer up strategies to help you make the best choices for you and your work. Here’s a sneak peek.

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• “The Basics of DIY E-Book Publishing”: Digital media expert Jane Friedman covers everything (and I do mean everything) you’ve been wanting to know about how to publish an e-book on your own, step by simple step. We’ve also included a helpful chart that breaks down the terms and capabilities of the leading e-publishing services, outlining their fees, formats accepted, and distribution channels supported.

• “The New Era of Publishing: Making It Work for You”: Self-proclaimed “literary change agent and author advocate” April Eberhardt shares a literary agent’s best advice for navigating the latest evolutions affecting publisher-seeking writers, established writers, and indie authors alike. One memorable quote: “Try to let go of the idea that only traditionally published books are ‘real.’ Forward-thinking writers are best equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead on every publishing route.”

• “Today’s Best Strategies for Savvy Self-Publishers”: Well-respected self-publishing consultant Joel Friedlander (whose own site,, debuts on our 101 Best Websites for Writers list this year) guides you through the complicated decision-making process that faces any author who decides to move ahead without a publisher. Not only his article full of great ideas, it also offers up links to more than 20 resources to help you on your way.

This is just a taste of what this issue has to offer for aspiring writers looking to get published, career writers reevaluating their best moves forward, and indie authors alike—so if you like what you see, be sure to stop by your newsstand (or our online shop) to find these complete articles, alongside plenty more great advice to help you ecome a better writer. You can also download the whole issue instantly here.

Free Issue Giveaway!

Leave a comment—any comment!—below to be entered to win a free copy of the hot-off-the-press May/June 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest, featuring our “101 Best Websites for Writers” and “Publishing Today: What Every Writer Needs to Know” by 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 23. We’ll announce the winner next week right here, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!

Jessica Strawser
Editor, Writer’s Digest

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27 thoughts on “The Best New Advice for Getting Published

    1. Jessica Strawser Post author

      Ha! Well, since inquiring minds want to know:

      The WD offices used to be housed in a building with a big manmade pond out front (you know, the type you see in office parks, with fountains in the center?). Every spring, when the geese returned from their winter migration and had goslings, they’d retreat to the fringes of our parking lot (and by “fringes,” I mean spaces that appeared to be totally open and goose-free until you got out of your car, hot coffee and lunch bag in hand) and threaten anyone within an unfortunately unavoidable radius of the little ones (which was almost everyone). Sometimes they’d even squawk menacingly at us from the rooftop as we came in and out. Year after year, some employees were amused by this, some were soft-hearted (even calling an animal helpline when one had been hit by a car in the road), some were annoyed, and some were genuinely terrified. But last November, we moved to a new building–with no pond in sight–a few miles away, and figured we’d seen the last of them.

      Imagine our surprise when spring came early this year and with it, the arrival of a whole different flock of geese–with equally overzealous parental instincts. There’s one in particular that patrols outside our entrance early in the morning. Some of us (I’m not naming names) have been known to resort to running to get into the building untouched.

  1. ssires

    As a young writer, it’s really amazing to be growing up in a writing world where publishing is literally changing every day. Articles like these are so helpful! They help me stay in the loop for when I want to publish something!

    I could really use the 101 best writing websites 🙂 I’m a college student with a passion for writing and loves to learn!


    I can’t wait for this. As a writer in this ever-changing publishing environment, it’s comforting to know self-publishing is a viable option for success as well as traditional publishing. I’m always seeking out information on how to improve my career. I’d love to win!

  3. Claire

    I’d like a free copy! Unless, of course Bentguy gets it and it finds a home on it’s purple (YES, GO WITH PURPLE!) bunting-adorned throne. 😀

  4. Nan

    Yes, I am excited to find this site! It is hard to believe that I stumbled onto your site I am trying to write a fiction book of the old west. I have been having a hard time where to look on how to publish.. This is exciting to find! Thank you

  5. AnnaRoig

    I am new to all this, I have been less than a year “publishing” my work online and I’ve found it quite trying to get more attention, plus I’m also very close to finishing my first book and the book would really help me.

    Thanks, I hope to get a copy!


  6. bentguy

    I’ve already set aside a velvet throne for my gift copy of Writer’s Digest. Do you think it’s best to adorn it with red or purple bunting?

  7. Billy

    Honestly, I just learned of Writer’s Digest today, while browsing Twitter. Since I am the owner of a forum posting for pay business, staying well versed in my writing skills is something that I have to do. As such, I would absolutely ADORE my own copy of Writer’s Digest. Thanks in advance.


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