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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...

More Books on Phones (and Other News for Writers)

It’s Friday, time for a little reading break, so I’m sharing with you the latest interesting news I’ve digested this week. Just today, the New York Times reported that Amazon is looking at offering Kindle books on the iPhone. Huge! Google also now has titles from Google Book Search available on...

A Follow-Up on the Piracy Issue

There was an interesting comment related to my piracy post that I responded to within the comments, but that I’d like to bring more visibility to, in case other people have different perspectives: I disagree with what is implied here. Sure, some authors choose to give their material away for free...

How Writers Can Start Blogging in a Meaningful Way

Last week, one of my webinar participants from 3 Secrets to Getting Your Nonfiction Book Published asked a question about blogging (in the comments section of this post): You indicated today that blogging and/or creating a website to discuss my … uh, area of interest is likely the best route. So,...

Should Writers Worry About the Pirating of E-Books?

Many unpublished writers worry that their ideas will get stolen, or that their work will get stolen before it reaches publication. I always counsel writers to stop this unproductive thinking. First, writing isn’t exactly a lucrative thing to steal. It is not a highly profitable venture to steal unpublished novel manuscripts....

Fiction Writers Need Platforms, Too

There were many wonderful comments here last week that I plan to address. The first comes from Linda Adams, on The Essential Components of an (Unpublished) Author’s Website: I should note though that there’s a difference between a non-fiction writer and a fiction writer. When I started seeing terms like platform,...

Directory of Self-Publishing Companies

Jump-start your search for a self-publishing company with our exclusive online directory. Explore your options the easy way, with company contact info, URLs, package details and rates.

The Essential Components of an (Unpublished) Author's Website

Over at Harper Studio’s blog, The 26th Story, they recently discussed what constitutes a really meaningful author website. They give an excellent big-picture view of how a website is like an extension or operation of your platform, and continues to serve the needs of your audience just like anything else you...

Is Blogging Right for You?

These days one of the answers to the question “What should I do to market my book?” is all too often “Go forth and blog.” But blogging isn’t right for every author.

by M.J. Rose

8 Articles/Posts All Writers Should Have Read in 2008

The eBook Problem and The eBook Solution (Booksquare)Read it for a basic understanding of the issues related to e-book publishing and distribution. When Kassia Krozser leads by saying that e-books will not be the next big thing, though, that’s not really the point of the article. Just keep reading. Story vs....

Using Twitter: Do You Have Tips?

After perusing this directory of publishing industry people on Twitter, I finally created a Twitter account for the Writer’s Digest community (@WritersDigest if you would like to follow, and @JaneFriedman if you would like to specifically follow me). I have been quite lax in using Twitter; right now I prefer Facebook...

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.