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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.

How to See Your Work Through an Agent or Publisher’s Eyes

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

How to Sell Your Manuscript Without an Agent

First-time author Diane Kelly offers 4 strategies to connect with editors and sell your manuscript—without an agent. Read more

Do You Need a Publisher Anymore? Hachette and J.A. Konrath Duke It Out

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.

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Writer’s Workout Exclusive

Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career. Read an Excerpt! Learn how to cultivate clarity, inventory ideas, write richly, and serve up words. About … Read more

Writer’s Workout Excerpt

Excerpt from The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz CULTIVATE CLARITY When you write something needlessly prolix and convoluted, there’s a reason for it, and that reason is usually a lack of clarity … Read more

Writer’s Workout

The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques from Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-179-0 ISBN-10: 1-59963-179-2 $19.99 paperback, 384 pages Buy the Book! Read … Read more

Get the Inside Track to Agents

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.
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Author Q&A: Dinty W. Moore

Author Dinty W. Moore discusses not taking shortcuts, perseverance and why you need to love writing to be a writer.
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Publishing 101: What You Need to Know

Here’s your step-by-step guide to the publishing process–how it works, why you need to know and how you can play an influential role in your book’s success.

by Jerry D. Simmons
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The Anatomy of a Writer’s Website

Whether you build it yourself or hire a designer, your website can do more than bring you into the 21st century—it can be an invaluable part of your marketing arsenal.

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The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

by Bonnie Trenga Read more

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Back Up Your Work for Free

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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Can the Truth Get a Writer in Trouble?

Basing a fictional character on a real person or including family secrets in your memoir could land you in court. Read more

4 Tips for Standard Manuscript Submission

4 Tips for Standard Manuscript Submission Read more

Are You an Ethical Writer?

Take our quiz on journalistic ethics and see if your writing integrity is up to snuff. Read more

Fair Use Legal Lingo You Can Understand

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

Should My Query Offer a Web Element?

Should My Query Offer a Web Element? Read more

4 Ways to Make More Money as a Freelancer

Want to earn more as a writer? Bob Bly, author of Write More, Sell More, offers tips. Here’s one: “When supply outweighs demand, pay scales are low. That’s why most article and book writers don’t earn much money. When demand outweighs supply, writers can charge a premium. That’s why specialists earn the big money. Maximize your value by using your knowledge and experience to sell articles that few other writers would know how to do.” Read more

Does This Book Jacket Make Me Look Fat?

What you look like may affect your book’s promotions. Read more

Serving Up the Best Site

Serving Up the Best Site Read more

“Unauthorized” Writings

Find out if you can use trademarks in your story, and discover the difference between copyright infringement and parody. Read more

Don’t Forget the Marketing Synopsis

Publishers highly value those authors who know how to market their own work. Propose your ideas in a synopsis to gain that competitive edge. Read more

Groping for Quotes

When even C-list celebrities won’t talk, it’s time to resort to Plan B. Read more

Choosing Your Paper

All paper is not created equal. Yes, you could write in 39 ? school notebooks, but your journal should be recorded on a medium that will endure. Read more

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