October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting October 2nd
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
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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Prepare yourself and your work before trying to contact an agent with this 10-step checklist for fiction writers.
Considering the incredible rise in popularity of e-mail communication, it seems inevitable that one day expensive and time-consuming traditional queries will soon be replaced by the cheap and speedy e-query. For those of you wishing to liberate yourselves from the shackles of expensive paper and SASEs, here are a few tips on producing an e-query from business writer Jack Neff. Read more
Should print-on-demand companies take a more aggressive role in weeding out unsavory business practices in their industry? Read more
Abigail Seymour gives advice on photography when marketing your magazine nonfiction. Read more
If it feels like you’re writing in murky waters these days, well, you are. Lying, plagiarism and other misdeeds have always been part of publishing, but in the digital age it’s more prevalent—and more easily caught—than ever. Read more
Omniscient point of view can lend richness and flexibility to your story—but only if you use it with a disciplined and purposeful hand. Read more
Your e-zine is hot off the cyber-presses, your methods of distribution are ready to roll, now you only need one thing: business. And that means PR. Read more
Here are six tips from literary agent Lori Perkins, on how you can better prepare yourself to succeed in the business. Read more
Thanks to e-mail, you never need to make eye contact with editors you write for. But maybe you should. The payoff is more than you might imagine. Read more
Looking to streamline your writing process? We’ve rounded up the latest and greatest software programs designed to help, and never hinder, your writing. Read more