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Hitting the Mark

A little R with a circle around it—and a world of questions attached: Here’s what you need to know about using brand names in your stories. Read more

18 Contest Dos and Don’ts for Writers

Contest Dos and Don’ts Read more

21 Tips to Get Out of the Slush Pile

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
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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

Fly through your writing assignments with these five tips for planning your projects so you get the best articles in the least time! Read more

Change Your Point of View

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. Read more

Tips for Investigating Agents

Tips for Investigating Agents Read more

A Sample E-Query

A Sample E-Query Read more

Secrets to a Great Book Query Letter

Here are some expert book query tips you can use to get your manuscript a greenlight by an agent or editor. Read more

Small-Press Markets

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. Read more

The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

by Raymond Obstfeld
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Creativity Starter:

Is your battery dead?
Try using some of Steven James”s ideas right now.
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Putting Your Internal Editor To Work

Putting Your Internal Editor To Work Read more

Upon Further Review

Sources often want to see a writer’s work. Perish the thought, most editors will tell you. This writer respectfully disagrees. Read more

Giving It Away

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. Read more

How to Make the Contest Cut

Before you send off that entry, get the inside scoop from a writing competition judge on how to rise above the crowd. Read more

The Buddy System

Choose your first reader wisely if you want to advance your writing career (and still keep your friends). Read more

WD Best Writer”s Website Contest Winner: Domain Master

WD Best Writer”s Website Contest Winner: Domain Master Read more

Tips for Priming the Writing Pump

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. Read more

The Four-Step Revision Method

Step 1 of Raymond Obstfeld’s “4-Step Method” to revising your work. Read more

What’s the Deal?

Here’s the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book. Read more

Behind the Scenes of a Book Proposal Meeting

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 increase your chances of getting published. Read more

The Zine Board Speaks Out

Two members weigh in on what’s happening in the world of self-published magazines. Read more

Get Inside the Top 30 Short Story Markets

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. Read more

4 Tips on How to Start Your Self-Promotion

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. Read more

from Cagey to Quotable

Disarm these six difficult interview types to get the information you need. Read more

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