Contest Dos and Don'ts
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
Give your characters a story worth responding to and your dialogue will flow.
Learn exactly what constitutes conflict, action and suspense, how they relate to other important ingredients in your story, and—perhaps most important—how to manipulate them.
by William Noble
Tips for Investigating Agents
A Sample E-Query
Here are some expert book query tips you can use to get your manuscript a greenlight by an agent or editor.
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.
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld
Fly through your writing assignments with these five tips for planning your projects so you get the best articles in the least time!
Writing in a specific point of view enables you to convey all the impressions and information you desire. Here are two exerices excerpted from Mastering Point of View.
Sources often want to see a writer's work. Perish the thought, most editors will tell you. This writer respectfully disagrees.
Information-packed websites, blogs and free chapters are great promotional tools. But it's possible to give away too much. Here's the lowdown on what to make free.
Before you send off that entry, get the inside scoop from a writing competition judge on how to rise above the crowd.
Choose your first reader wisely if you want to advance your writing career (and still keep your friends).
WD Best Writer''s Website Contest Winner: Domain Master
Is your battery dead?
Try using some of Steven James''s ideas right now.
Putting Your Internal Editor To Work
Here's the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book.
To help you understand why your book proposal needs to be so thorough, the editors at Writer''s Digest offer this behind the scenes look at a typical book proposal meeting. This peek behind the publishing curtain will demystify the proposal process so that you can more easily give editors what they need, and significantly...
Two members weigh in on what's happening in the world of self-published magazines.
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.
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.
Having trouble getting started with a piece of writing? Listen to the pump-priming ideas of some of today's hottest writers, as told to Anne Collette.
Step 1 of Raymond Obstfeld's "4-Step Method" to revising your work.