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Face Time

Thanks to e-mail, you never need to make eye contact with editors you write for. But maybe you should. The payoff is more than you might imagine.

The Temporary Expert

Need to get an insider's viewpoint on a specialty topic? You don't need no stinkin' expert. Immerse yourself in the subject at hand, then be your own insider. These three writers prove the efforts are well worth it.

Copyright Law 101

Many writers worry their work isn't protected unless they use a copyright symbol or file with the Copyright Office. Learn when and how your work is protected, and exactly what that means.

What Do Editors Want?

It's one of the biggest writing questions of all: What do editors want? Jeff Mock, former editor of the Gettysburg Review and author of You Can Write Poetry, has the answer.

What Editors Won’t Tell You (But We Will)

There are some things you‘ll never read about in a publisher‘s writers‘ guidelines. You have to either hang around the editor‘s office and eavesdrop or find a friend who‘s able to extract the editor‘s deep, dark secrets. Luckily, you have the latter. We asked editors what they‘d say to writers if...

Government Gold Mine

The Freedom of Information Act allows you access to an array of documents to help you research your next story. Here, WD's legal expert tells you how to get them.