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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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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Understanding fair use is crucial for writers who glean material from outside sources. Learn when and how to attribute facts, opinions and paraphrases. Read more

Editors and E-Queries

Editors and E-Queries Read more

Colin Beavan’s Fingerprints

“For me, research was the easy part because you know you’re getting results. And so you procrastinate the scary part, which is the actual sitting down and writing the story by convincing yourself that you’re being productive by doing more research … I researched for seven months.” Read more

Quota on Quotes?

Sometimes, a source’s exact words say everything that needs to be said. But not always. Read more

Self-Publishing Definitions

Commercial publishers, subsidy publishers, vanity presses, self-publishing, POD—what’s the difference? Read more

Before You Close That Envelope

Here are 10 steps to pay attention to when sending your writing into a competition. Read more

The Evolution of Self-Publishing

As technology improves, so do your publishing options. Here’s a guide to what’s new, what’s available and why it’s easier than ever to publish yourself. Read more

Hitting the Mark

A little R with a circle around it—and a world of questions attached: Here’s what you need to know about using brand names in your stories. Read more

Tips for Investigating Agents

Tips for Investigating Agents Read more

A Sample E-Query

A Sample E-Query Read more

Upon Further Review

Sources often want to see a writer’s work. Perish the thought, most editors will tell you. This writer respectfully disagrees. Read more

Giving It Away

Information-packed websites, blogs and free chapters are great promotional tools. But it’s possible to give away too much. Here’s the lowdown on what to make free. Read more

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