October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting September 25th
- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
- Blogging 101
- Form and Composition
- The Art of Storytelling 101
- Fundamentals of Writing for Children 101: Picture Books
- Writing the Memoir 101
- Build Your Novel Scene by Scene
- Essentials of Technical Writing
- Fitting Writing into Your Life
- Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Essentials of Romance Writing
Workshops Starting October 2nd
- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
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!
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.
To submit your latest short story, essay or poem, you’ll need a cover letter—which is much different from a query. Use these tips from inside a creative writing program to help your letter make the grade. Read more
Start your search small and local by investigating grant opportunities in your own town, region and state. Peruse the websites of your town’s art council and your state’s arts commission. To help … Read more
Grants, fellowships and residencies offer both support and opportunity—and all they ask in return is that you follow your writing dreams. Here’s what you need to know about some of the best opportunities you could be missing. Read more
Last fall, author and journalist John Moir redeemed part of his grand prize from WD’s 78th Annual Writing Competition when he traveled to New York City, where his escort from the WD … Read more
Writing a book is fun. Writing a query letter is stressful. In your book, you can add layers of backstory and extra pages to let your full story flow. In a query letter, you basically have four tiny paragraphs to say “PICK ME! PICK ME!” (Holy crap, I’m having grade-school playground flashbacks.) So what’s the best plan of attack to creating a pitch perfect query letter? Read more
Before you say yes to a ghostwriting gig, or even make a bid, you must know all you can about the project in question. Here are the important questions to ask.
You might not like the idea of writing someone else’s book—but the hidden benefits of ghostwriting could just change your mind. Here’s why so many writers are taking this lucrative path, how to know if it’s right for you, and what you need to do to break in.
By Kelly James-Enger
Writers who leverage their skills as copy editors can earn bigger paychecks, diversify their portfolios and spend more time doing what they love. Learn how you could be one of them.
by Rebecca Smith Hurd
Agent Daniel Lazar talks about queries, his dream project and his biggest career surprise.
Think someone stole your idea? Not so fast. Here’s what you can learn from two authors and their tale of “simultaneous discovery.”
by Eileen Cook and Lara Zielin
Here are 5 simple steps to set up a free website/blog using WordPress.
by Meryl K. Evans
E-mail gaffes are all too easy to make—and all too common. Here’s how to recover from four cringe-worthy mistakes.
by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
Like confronting a dark past, publishing your own book can be daunting. Weldon Long found one bold way to do both—and earned top honors in WD’s Self-Published Book Awards.
by Melissa Wuske
Announcing the Mainstream Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Announcing the Children’s winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Announcing the Genre Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Announcing the Life Stories winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Announcing the Reference winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Announcing the Nonfiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Announcing the Poetry winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Announcing the Middle Grade/Young Adult winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Read the winning story in WD’s 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition, and find out more about how its author, Mikala Engel, conveyed big emotion in a small word count. Read more
To really make your name, you need to put it out there—and not just on the cover of your book. Here, novelists share which strategies for attracting readers work, which ones don’t, and why craft is still as important as ever.
By Christina Katz
Lessons in perseverance can come in unexpected packages. Learn how one writer found redemption through rejection.
by Sue Fliess
Follow the rules of endorsement etiquette to get the names you want on your book jacket.
by Jenna Glatzer