Fiction and nonfiction writers have a lot to teach each other about the craft. Here's how writing in both genres will make you that much better.
To show or to tell isn't a battle of good versus evil, but the skilled storyteller knows how to play each to maximum effect.
Sources often want to see a writer's work. Perish the thought, most editors will tell you. This writer respectfully disagrees.
Basing a fictional character on a real person or including family secrets in your memoir could land you in court.
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.
4 Tips for Standard Manuscript Submission
Before you send off that entry, get the inside scoop from a writing competition judge on how to rise above the crowd.
Advice for fiction writers and poets on getting published.
Here are some expert book query tips you can use to get your manuscript a greenlight by an agent or editor.
Author Paul Raymond Martin gives the following tips for brave writers not afraid to aggressively promote their own books.
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.
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...
"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That's one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children's Books. Read more tips here.
Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress
by James V. Smith Jr, author of Fiction Writer's Brainstormer
6 Tips for Working with Editors
Find out if you can use trademarks in your story, and discover the difference between copyright infringement and parody.
Should print-on-demand companies take a more aggressive role in weeding out unsavory business practices in their industry?
Publishers highly value those authors who know how to market their own work. Propose your ideas in a synopsis to gain that competitive edge.
Abigail Seymour gives advice on photography when marketing your magazine nonfiction.
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.
No one wants his or her self-published book to fail. In the new issue of Publishing Success, learn to avoid eight of the most common mistakes and make sure that your book is a success.
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.
While there is no formula for the perfect query letter, all successful queries share certain qualities. Take a look at these tips from the Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop from WritersOnlineWorkshops.com