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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.

Literary Journal Submissions 101

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

Where to Find Writing Grants

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

Free Money for Writers

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

How to Land Writing Gigs When Meeting Editors

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

Read These Successful Query Letters

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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

Questions to Ask Potential Ghostwriting Clients

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.
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How to Be a Successful Ghostwriter

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

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Get Paid to be a Word Nerd

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

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Ask the Pro: Literary Agent Daniel Lazar

Agent Daniel Lazar talks about queries, his dream project and his biggest career surprise.

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Was Your Idea Stolen? Maybe

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

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How to Create a Free Author Website on WordPress

Here are 5 simple steps to set up a free website/blog using WordPress.

by Meryl K. Evans
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How to Recover From E-Mail Gaffes

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
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners

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
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Mainstream Fiction

Announcing the Mainstream Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Children’s

Announcing the Children’s winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Genre Fiction

Announcing the Genre Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Life Stories

Announcing the Life Stories winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Reference

Announcing the Reference winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Nonfiction

Announcing the Nonfiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Middle Grade/Young Adult

Announcing the Middle Grade/Young Adult winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Poetry

Announcing the Poetry winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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Learn How Less Can Be More

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

Elements of a Successful Fiction Platform

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 

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How to Turn Rejection Letters into a Positive

Lessons in perseverance can come in unexpected packages. Learn how one writer found redemption through rejection.

by Sue Fliess
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10 Basics on How to Nab Your Book a Blurb

Follow the rules of endorsement etiquette to get the names you want on your book jacket.

by Jenna Glatzer

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