November/December 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting November 1st
- Blogging 101
- Social Media 101
- Writing Children's Picture Books
- Conflict & Suspense Writing
- Write Great Dialogue
- Revision and Editing
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Form and Composition
- Turning Personal Stories in to Memoir
- The Art of Storytelling 102: Showing vs. Telling
Workshops Starting November 6th
- Blogging 101
Business Legal Matters
Discover what you need to know about business and legal matters. You’ll find tips for working with agents and editors, learn the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book, and much more.
Query letter writing is no doubt one of the hardest forms of writing to master. Here’s what agents and publishers need to see from you when you pitch your work. Read more
First-time author Diane Kelly offers 4 strategies to connect with editors and sell your manuscript—without an agent. Read more
In his obituary to the year-long Domino Project, Seth Godin wrote that publishing companies and other traditional players that do not adapt to new modes of doing business will go extinct. Others have suggested the same.
Meanwhile, some authors like J.A. Konrath and David Gaughran have eschewed traditional relationships with publishers to create and distribute their work on their own. In the aftermath to the Book Country self-publishing tool launch from Penguin, some outspoken critics took the announcement as an opportunity to question publishers’ relevance.
Learn more about what Hot List agents Rachelle Gardner, Chris Richman, Suzie Townsend and Ted Weinstein are seeking by reading these in-depth Q&As.
Author Dinty W. Moore discusses not taking shortcuts, perseverance and why you need to love writing to be a writer.
Just because a natural disaster or computer virus wipes out your hard drive doesn’t mean you have to lose all your work.
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Although e-mail can be a time saver for writers, never underestimate the power of etiquette in the age of the Internet. Read more
Secure a distributor! Your book will get into chain stores, and you will have free time to pursue more lucrative, non-traditional markets. Read more
Aching to earn that creative-writing degree that got away? It’s never too late to prove you’ve got the write stuff—especially if you have real-world experience under your belt. Read more
If you decide to leave the corporate world and start a full-time freelancing career, you’ll need to know how to obtain good health insurance. Read more
The fourth quarter is no time for desperate strategies. Take some advice and make the end of the year a time for careful tax planning. Read more
Here are seven must-know strategies to create an enticing, business-focused Web site. Read more
Basing a fictional character on a real person or including family secrets in your memoir could land you in court. Read more
Copyright laws and fair use still got you confused? We asked WD legal eagle Howard Zaharoff, a lawyer in Waltham, Mass., to explain all those invisible boundaries concerning the fair use of song lyrics and literary works. Read more
Take our quiz on journalistic ethics and see if your writing integrity is up to snuff. Read more
What you look like may affect your book’s promotions. Read more