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Meet the Press

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 is—you just have to know how to sell it.

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.

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.

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.

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.