All paper is not created equal. Yes, you could write in 39 ? school notebooks, but your journal should be recorded on a medium that will endure.
Do you still have first-time rights to your work if it's been printed in blogs, e-zines or tiny defunct journals? Well, the rules aren't so black and white any more.
Forget word-of-mouth publicity. Keeping your brand name from becoming a household name ensures your niche in the market.
At an increasing number of newspapers, traditional reporters are trading in their news desks for laptops and posting stories on the fly.
A few tips you can use to avoid the words that irk editors.
Our new grammar guru shows you how to avoid receiving the Naughtiest Writing Habit Award.
With all things electronic demanding our attention, with new media like e-books becoming more common and more sophisticated, is the ancient book dead. Hardly. Read why.
Do you really need an agent? Here's one writer's irreverent guide to flying solo.
Should you show your article to a source before publication? We asked about two dozen writers and editors if they'd ever done so; if so, what the circumstance and result were; and if not, why not.
How many poems can you send to a magazine at one time? How do you prepare a collection of poetry for submission to a publisher? A poetry expert answers these and other questions.
When you're trying to scare up publicity for your book, the media wants to know just one thing: Is it newsworthy? Of course it isyou just have to know how to sell it.
Most writers try to avoid flashbacks, but if you just can't resist sending your readers back in time, fiction columnist Nancy Kress has some advice. Kress explains what makes a flashback work, and how to perfect your own time traveling techniques.
Dialogue is perhaps the most important characterization tool at a fiction writer's disposal; unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult techniques to do well. Stiff, unnatural or overdone dialogue can doom the liveliest characters or stall the most exciting plot. But great dialogue can propel your characters and story off the page,...
Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress
Pinpoint issues to resolve before getting involved in a co-authoring situation, and learn how to write under a pseudonym.
Use this checklist before you head out the door to your book signing.
For those in search of inspiration, fantasy or just-plain-fun, here's a stellar selection of must-see zines.
Pessimistic about the future of the printed word? A recent poll by trade magazine Publishers Weekly revealed that younger book buyers are more likely to buy a larger number of books. "It was previously believed that older people were the biggest book purchasers," say authors Marilyn Ross and Tom Ross in their book, Jump...
Your opening sentence sets the tone for your entrymake it strong and true.
Clarity, the often unnoticed foundation of your writing, is crucial if you want readers to finish your story. Learn to see what the reader sees.
Seven Tips for Formatting Your Article Manuscript
Award-winning authors Tom and Marilyn Ross share their twenty years of industry knowledge in Jump Start Your Books Sales
To keep your finger on the pulse of your story's category, consider the benefits of these national writing associations.
Dish up good representation for your book by adding three key ingredients to that next query letter.