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Before You Close That Envelope

Here are 10 steps to pay attention to when sending your writing into a competition. Read more

The Evolution of Self-Publishing

As technology improves, so do your publishing options. Here’s a guide to what’s new, what’s available and why it’s easier than ever to publish yourself. Read more

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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Choosing and Using Viewpoint

“Person” in writing refers to how the viewpoint character will tell the story (fiction or nonfiction). Your choice affects not only the reader’s experience, but also how you go about telling your tale. Here are some thoughts on the topic of person from the study materials of “Getting Started in Writing,” a workshop from The Writer’s Digest School. Read more

3 Tips for Turning Rejection into Acceptance

Most of the experts will tell you that if a magazine editor rejects your idea, send it on to the next prospect on your list. This freelancer says you shouldn’t give up too quickly on No. 1. 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

Write a Memoir to Remember!

An interesting life and excellent writing are key to a compelling memoir. Learn the elements that will help make your story stand out from the rest of the pack. Read more

Clothing and Fashion of the 1800s

Clothing and Fashion of the 1800s Read more

How to Write Successful Endings

Don’t let your fiction get tossed in the wastebasket because the ending “didn’t quite work.” Follow Nancy Kress’ advice for choosing a successful ending based on the style of your work. Read more

What is a Blog?

Q: While I’ve read several sites referred to as “blogs,” I’m not really sure what a blog is. What is a blog? —Christopher B. A: From writers at award-winning newspapers, to magazine … Read more

What Christine Byl can’t not do

Is writing something you can’t NOT do? If so, you’re on the right track, as the case of writer Christine Byl Read more

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