• THE
    Writing Prompt
    Boot Camp

    Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and get the Writing Prompt Boot Camp download.

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.

17th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Genre Fiction

Announcing the Genre Fiction winners of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Read more

17th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Children’s Books

Announcing the Children’s winners of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Read more

17th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Reference Books

Announcing the Reference Books winners of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
Read more

How to Organize Your Story Ideas

The best ideas can start out running wild—but you’ll need to train them onto the page if you want to write that novel you have inside of you. Here’s how.

by N.M. Kelby
Read more

5 Ideas for Unconventional Writing Success

In the March/April 2010 issue, entrepreneurial writer Chris Guillebeau shared his secrets for making your passion make money for you. The key is to find the convergence between your passion and what people want—and then deliver just that.

by Chris Guillebeau

Read more

The Novel Afterlife

How do books wind up on the bargain table—and what does it mean when they do?

by Zachary Petit

Read more

Your Essential Synopsis Checklist

Here are the essential specs for a successful synopsis. Bookmark this page and always cross-reference before sending out any synopsis.
Read more

10 Synopsis Dos and Don’ts

Here are 10 keys to creating a successful synopsis. Read more

Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis

Writers often find that the synopsis is the most difficult component of their novel submission package. Here we break it down for you so you can spend less time stressing and more time writing. 

by Chuck Sambuchino and the Editors of Writer’s Digest Books

Read more

10 Query Letter No-Nos

Here are 10 common query letter mistakes that could get your idea rejected.

by Ann Rittenberg
Read more

Basics of a Solid 3-Paragraph Query

Here are the tools you need to write a query letter that sets you apart from the pack.

by Ann Rittenberg

Read more

Finish Your Novel in 4 Simple Steps

You need stamina to transform that out-of-shape first draft into a story with staying power. Use these 4 revision strategies to make your novel go the distance.

By Lin Enger
Read more

24 Agents Who Want Your Work

With more than 1,300 practicing literary agents across the country, where do you start? Fear not—Writer’s Digest has again assembled its annual short list of literary agents who’ve confirmed they’re open to reviewing queries from new and established authors alike.

by Chuck Sambuchino

Read more

Inside the Mind of Cory Doctorow

Can technology bridge the gap between science fiction and social activism? Broad-reaching author Cory Doctorow says it can—and that taking risks online can reap rewards in print.

by Christina Katz
Read more

Publishing Contracts 101 (Protect Your Work)

Make sure your agreement protects you—and your book. Here are 6 key terms/areas you need to address before signing on the dotted line.

by Paul S. Levine

Read more

The Future Role of Agents

You know how things work today. But what can you expect from literary agents in years to come? Let us give you a glimpse into the future and explain how it will affect you, the writer.

by Jane Friedman

Read more

What is the 90/10 Rule?

Because publishing is a business with limited time and resources, authors should be aware of the 90/10 rule.

by Jerry D. Simmons
Read more

What Does “Sell-Through” Mean in Publishing?

Many authors think having a large print run for their book is important, when it fact it is not as important as sell-through. Here’s why.

by Jerry D. Simmons
Read more

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
Read more

The 7 Biggest Myths of Publishing (Know the Truth)

A veteran author tells you, writer to writer, what getting published is really like—and confronts the seven biggest myths.

by Elizabeth Sims

Read more

5 Quick Tips for Writer/Agent Negotiations

Just because you’re excited someone wants to represent you doesn’t mean you should let them take advantage of you. Beware of these red flags when negotiating contracts with agents.

by Howard G. Zaharoff
Read more

Query Clinic: Example of a Great Query Letter

Looking to switch agents? Here’s one author who succeeded with a gracefully written letter.  Plus: her new agent’s insights on what made it work.

by Lori Perkins
Read more

How to Land Testimonials (Let People Brag About You)

If you want to have testimonials to use in promoting your writing and platform, you have to be proactive. Here’s how.

by Christina Katz
Read more

E-Mail Newsletter Dos and Don’ts

Follow this newsletter etiquette from readers, writers and marketing folks to keep your audience tuning in instead of tuning out.
Read more

An Insider’s Look at Self-Publishing

One day soon, the difference between getting a deal and going it alone may not be as drastic as you think.

by Joe Wikert
Read more

Page 5 of 11« First...34567...10...Last »