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.

Free Money

Yeah, you heard us. There are grants out there for writers of all stripes, if you know where to look. Now you do.

Ready for Takeoff?

This month launches the second year of Zine Scene. For those of you just aboard, let us take a moment to tell you what it's all about.

Waiting for DOLLAR$

Some leading writers organizations recommend against it, but many magazines don't pay writers until their work is published. Is it worth the risk? Editors and writers weigh in.

M.F.A. Dreams

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.

E-Etiquette

Although e-mail can be a time saver for writers, never underestimate the power of etiquette in the age of the Internet.

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.

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.

Behind the Scenes of a Book Proposal Meeting

To help you understand why your book proposal needs to be so thorough, the editors at Writer''s Digest offer this behind the scenes look at a typical book proposal meeting. This peek behind the publishing curtain will demystify the proposal process so that you can more easily give editors what they...

The Age of Embellishment

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.

Shades of Gray

Do you still have first-time rights to your work if it's been printed in blogs, e-zines or tiny defunct journals? Well, the rules aren't so black and white any more.