The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques from Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-179-0 ISBN-10: 1-59963-179-2 $19.99 paperback, 384 pages Buy the Book! Read an Excerpt! Learn how to cultivate clarity, inventory ideas, write richly, and serve up words. Online Exclusive Download a free motivational poster...
Attacking the Wrong-Word Problem From Word Savvy by Nancy Ragno Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put the plan into action. —Napoleon Hill This is the age of the computer. Why be concerned about choosing the right homonym or pronoun, or...
Word Savvy: Use the Right Word Every Time, All the Time by Nancy Ragno Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-303-9 ISBN-10: 1-59963-303-5 $14.00 paperback, 224 pages Buy the Book! Read an Excerpt! Learn how to attack wrong-word problems in your writing. Online Exclusive Download 3 free bookmarks with 10 nouns, adjectives, and verbs everyone...
A how-to is written as a sequence—first you do this, and then you do this. The essential question the writer asks herself when writing a how-to is, “What happens next?” If you are about to embark on a how-to, start at what you consider the beginning, and just keep answering that question over and...
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Writers who leverage their skills as copy editors can earn bigger paychecks, diversify their portfolios and spend more time doing what they love. Learn how you could be one of them.
by Rebecca Smith Hurd
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you should take special care that you’re not risking an invasion of privacy or defamation charge.
by Amy Cook
The best ideas can start out running wild—but you’ll need to train them onto the page if you want to write that novel you have inside of you. Here’s how.
by N.M. Kelby
Here are the essential specs for a successful synopsis. Bookmark this page and always cross-reference before sending out any synopsis.
Here are 10 keys to creating a successful synopsis.
Writers often find that the synopsis is the most difficult component of their novel submission package. Here we break it down for you so you can spend less time stressing and more time writing.
by Chuck Sambuchino and the Editors of Writer’s Digest Books
Here are 10 common query letter mistakes that could get your idea rejected.
by Ann Rittenberg
Here are the tools you need to write a query letter that sets you apart from the pack.
by Ann Rittenberg
You need stamina to transform that out-of-shape first draft into a story with staying power. Use these 4 revision strategies to make your novel go the distance.
By Lin Enger
Make sure your agreement protects you—and your book. Here are 6 key terms/areas you need to address before signing on the dotted line.
by Paul S. Levine
Here's your step-by-step guide to the publishing process–how it works, why you need to know and how you can play an influential role in your book’s success.
by Jerry D. Simmons
A veteran author tells you, writer to writer, what getting published is really like—and confronts the seven biggest myths.
by Elizabeth Sims
Just because you're excited someone wants to represent you doesn't mean you should let them take advantage of you. Beware of these red flags when negotiating contracts with agents.
by Howard G. Zaharoff
Looking to switch agents? Here’s one author who succeeded with a gracefully written letter. Plus: her new agent’s insights on what made it work.
by Lori Perkins
Here are 10 simple steps that will take your visibility from zero to standout in a short time, while also giving you ample opportunities to flex your expertise, carve out your niche topic and connect with your audience.
by Christina Katz
Find out how hopping on the social networking bandwagon can actually help you stand out to agents, editors and potential readers.
by the Writer's Digest staff
It’s time to get real. Here is Writer's Digest's take on self-publishing as we know it.
by Jane Friedman, Writer's Digest Editorial Director and Publisher
Today, writers need to weigh their options carefully—and know what they’re up against.
by Andrea Hurst
A solid cover letter ensures your first impression isn’t your last.
by Susan Shapiro
There really is such a thing as bad publicity. Here’s how to know just how far too far really is.
by M.J. Rose