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Hard-Core Tactics for Authors Developing Audience

My previous post was a pre-answer to the following question (which appeared in the comments of this other post): Thank you for the webinar, which gave me some ideas where to begin to increase my visibility and improve my website. I have published two history/biography books. I get comments from publishers...

Celebrating 90 Years of WD: Pop Culture

In 2010, Writer’s Digest will turn 90. To celebrate, we’ll be counting down to our nonagenarian years with a look back at WD history. In the May/June issue, we took a fun look at how pop culture has been reflected in our pages since 1920. The retrospective continues here.

Free Online PDF Guides: Online Marketing

Today Alice Pope & I gave a webinar on how authors/writers can effectively market and promote online. (Thanks to everyone who joined us today!) For webinar attendees as well as those who didn’t join us, I’d like to share the following resources that are useful for both beginners and advanced writers....

M. William Phelps Expanded Interview

M. William Phelps was first featured in WD for his true crime debut, Perfect Poison. He now has 600,000 copies of his books in print, including seven other titles in the genre, most recently I’ll Be Watching You, for which he won the 2008 New England Book Festival Award.

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Brent Hartinger Interview

Brent Hartinger was first featured in WD for his young adult novel Geography Club, which received praise for its realistic portrayal of gay teen characters. He has since published two sequels, one of which one the Lambda Literary Award, and YA novels The Last Chance Texaco, Grand & Humble, Dreamquest, and...

Steve Berry Profile

For years, WD has brought you profiles of hardworking writers making their publishing debuts in First Impressions. Steve Berry is one of them. Read this expanded profile with him.

by Jessica Strawser

WD Editors' Intensive Cheat Sheet

A huge thanks to all the wonderful writers who are visiting our offices this weekend for Saturday’s educational workshops, plus Sunday’s critique day. I hope you took away some useful action steps on your path to publication. As promised, I’m posting some resources and links that we discussed during our time...

How the Internet Has Got Publishing By Its Tail

I recently did an hour-long interview with the delightful Patricia Volonakis Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Harlots’ Sauce Radio. Patricia describes the interview with me as such: Those of us who read books, and those of us who write them, will be equally enthralled with [this] interview on Harlots’ Sauce Radio this month....

My Big Rant on Self-Publishing

I can’t tell you how tired I am of hearing people bash self-publishing. The things I hear usually fall into two categories: Most self-published books aren’t quality Some self-publishing services are unethical If you agree with one of the above statements, let me lay it out real clear for you: The...

Library Thing’s
‘Dead People’s Books’

Any sane writer with a rare chance to tour a literary hero’s estate is going to sneak a hungry peek at the bookshelves. In few other places—among the polished chairs, antique vases and other stuffy artifacts—can you find such an authentic portal into the writing mind.

How Much Do You Care? It Might Determine Your Success

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of caring (and understanding), and how it affects our choices in life—whether to build a partnership with someone, to buy or commit to a product or service, or to participate in a group or organization. For example: The Chief Happiness Officer has...

The End of Cultural Authority

There’s a great interview over at Poets & Writers with four editors in book publishing. One of the best bits: Q: When you look at the industry, what are the biggest problems we face right now? CHINSKI: I think they’re all so obvious. Returns. Blogs.GARGAGLIANO: And just finding readers.CHINSKI: The end...

The Burden, Joy, and Necessity of Networking

I have a confession. I am a lousy networker. I make this admission as I sit behind the Writer’s Digest table at the AWP Bookfair, and watch people walk past. Dozens and dozens, eventually hundreds … then thousands by day three. Some stop to look briefly, some even pick up a...