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How to Publish a Book, Get Published

You’ve finished your novel, short story, or work of non-fiction – now you need to find someone who will publish it. Or perhaps you want to publish it yourself. Whatever your goals may be, you’ll find the information you need to get published right here. It’s to your advantage to get started today because getting published may be easier than you think. The first step is to tap into the vast writing resources available at Writer’s Digest, then collaborate with our advanced but easy to use information to help you find a literary agent. Get started today.

25 Best Places to Get Published Online

Find out which online publications offer the best deals for new and established writers. Read more

Getting Hooked on Buzz

After getting your book published, a new game begins: finding a hook for your work that will build buzz and translate into sales. Read more

Banned—or Simply Shunned?

A YA author deliberates on the debate surrounding her book’s controversial theme. Read more

Before Your First Sale

Learn the basics of what you need to know before you mail your submission. Read more

3 Tips for Finding Markets Online

Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author of Writer’s Online Marketplace, tells you how to find the online markets that are right for you. Read more

The New Year Brings New Markets

Staying on top of new markets requires understanding technology, noticing up-and-coming trends and searching for the unexpected. Read more

Secret Agents

New agencies—and even a few well-established ones—are on the hunt for the next breakout book. Could it be yours? Read more

The Big Brush-off

On paper, they were perfect for each other—so why couldn’t this agent immediately recognize our writer’s genius? Read more

The Road Traveled

The winner of the 1999 Writer’s Digest National Self-Published Book Awards talks about the journey that led him to publishing success. Read more

Blogged and Burned

Sometimes the Internet can be a writer’s worst enemy. Read more

18 Contest Dos and Don’ts for Writers

Contest Dos and Don’ts Read more

Build a Better Source List

Lining up article sources—especially when you’re tight on time—doesn’t have to be a harrowing task. Here’s a five-step plan to find the right quote when you need it. Read more

Secrets to a Great Book Query Letter

Here are some expert book query tips you can use to get your manuscript a greenlight by an agent or editor. Read more

Not in New York: 15 Small Presses

We combed through the pages of Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market to bring you 15 book
publishers that don’t require an agent, aren’t based in New York City and will consider first-time
authors of mainstream/literary fiction.
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The Buddy System

Choose your first reader wisely if you want to advance your writing career (and still keep your friends). Read more

WD Best Writer”s Website Contest Winner: Domain Master

WD Best Writer”s Website Contest Winner: Domain Master Read more

Promote Your Book With Your Own Web Site

Whether your first or 10th book is about to hit store shelves, a Web site is the key to promoting your latest work. Here’s what you need. Read more

Get Inside the Top 30 Short Story Markets

Are you on a quest to find the best place to submit your short fiction? Look no further! Use this list to find the door that leads to short story publication. Read more

21 Tips to Get Out of the Slush Pile

Here is the essential checklist of tweaks to consider when reviving a rejected story (or while writing or editing your first draft).

by James Plath
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8 Reasons Books Fail

No one wants his or her self-published book to fail. In the new issue of Publishing Success, learn to avoid eight of the most common mistakes and make sure that your book is a success. Read more

Small-Press Markets

No agent? No problem. These publishers want to read your work. Check out www.writersdigest.com for more detailed listings including tips straight from the publishers” mouths. Special thanks to Lauren Mosko, editor of 2007 Novel & Short Story Writer”s Market, for help with compiling this list. Read more

Welcome to my World:

What does a young writer have to do to break into this business, anyway? Follow our new columnist as he finds out. Read more

Questions & Quandaries

Questions & Quandaries Read more

3 Crucial Questions for a Winning Proposal

So what? Who cares? Who are you? Find out how to address these questions in your nonfiction book proposal. Read more

4 Tips on How to Start Your Self-Promotion

You’ll be disappointed if you expect your publisher to throw a lot of marketing dollars behind your book. We share some practical tips on how you can help get out the word. Read more

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