Writing Goal

Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in WD's First Webinar

Welcome to all the webinar participants from today’s free session: 5 Tips to Getting Published in Tough Times! Here are links to the sites I recommended in my presentation: Publishers Marketplace MediaBistro BoSacks Read Write Web Chris Brogan Tools of Change for Publishing Also: Our first paid webinar will be on...

How to Incubate Your Story

To write a story you need five or six days, during which time you must be thinking about it every moment, otherwise you’ll never be able to frame good sentences.


Insiders Bob Sacks and Samir Husni square off in the magazine industry’s hottest debate: Will print magazines survive—or even thrive—in the next century?

E-books: Take 2

Digital books are once again on the upswing. Will the resurging medium pave the way to a brave new world for writers?

by Zachary Petit

6 Questions with New WD Editor Jessica Strawser

It’s official: Writer’s Digest magazine has a new editor. In the wake of Maria Schneider, who left the publication in early October, F+W Media has appointed Jessica Strawser, North Light Books and Memory Makers Books Managing Editor—and former WD staffer—to the magazine’s top post.

by Zachary Petit

NOT: How Can I Make Money? INSTEAD: How Can I Serve?

My colleague Amy Schell recently shared Seth Godin’s interview with the people over at Harper Studio. A couple wonderful snippets:If everything is free, how is anyone going to make any money?First, the market and the internet don’t care if you make money. That’s important to say. You have no right to...

Why All Authors Need a Platform

Before you are in a position to land a book deal, you need to construct a platform that will build your future book's readership, project your professionalism, and attract the interest of editors and agents.

Podcast Your Book

You can distribute your whole book or one audio chapter at a time via podcasts, which differ from audiobooks in that listeners can subscribe to a podcast to get updated chapters or shows delivered automatically to a variety of devices at home or on the go.

Writer’s Digest’s 2008 Best Writer

Most children stop obeying their parents sometime between junior high and high school graduation, but writer Claudia Luiz—a wife, mother of two and successful psychoanalyst—still listens to her mom.
And when Luiz’s mom told her she needed a website, Luiz obeyed.

by Brian A. Klems

One Writer

I first knew I wanted to be a writer sometime in 1990, soon after my marriage to Carla. Always an avid reader, I really enjoyed the horror genre.  I especially loved the books written by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul.  Those folks were my idols.  I’m sure I’ve read...


Read chapter 9, "Beginnings," from The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, Volume 1: Building Blocks

2008 Article Index

All feature articles and columns published in Writer’s Digest during 2008 are indexed by topic. Abbreviations for regular columns: Ask the Pro (ATP), The Conference Scene (CS), InkWell (IW), First Impressions (FI), On the Edge (OTE), Postscript (PS), Questions & Quandaries (QQ), The Sentence Sleuth (SS), The WD Interview (WDI), This...

A Killer Query

Composing a good query letter is vital to getting an agent hooked on a self-published book.

10 Basic Ingredients of a Successful Thriller

At the 2008 Maui Writers Conference, bestselling thriller writer Gary Braver (Skin Deep) said that dread drives thrillers. You know who the good guys and bad guys are. Dull moments will lose an audience, and writers can't afford to lose an audience, even for one page. To captivate an audience (and...