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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners

Like confronting a dark past, publishing your own book can be daunting. Weldon Long found one bold way to do both—and earned top honors in WD’s Self-Published Book Awards.

by Melissa Wuske
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5 Innovative Poets to Watch & Learn From

As everyone knows, you can’t make a living from writing and selling poetry. Or can you? Well, it IS next to impossible to make a living by only writing poems. Sometimes I … Read more

18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Mainstream Fiction

Announcing the Mainstream Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Children’s

Announcing the Children’s winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Genre Fiction

Announcing the Genre Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Inspirational

Announcing the Inspirational winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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More from Nancy Kress, author of Beginnings, Middles, & Ends

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Extended Interviews With 20 Writers With Day Jobs

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How I Found My Agent: Susan Pohlman

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“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Susan Pohlman is author of the travel memoir Halfway to Each Other: How a Year In Italy Brought Our Family Home, winner of the relationships category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Good Housekeeping called the book “a remarkable story.” Susan is also the writer of three award-winning short films, and a magazine freelancer. Read more

Helpful Insights for Self-Publishing Novelists

I moderated a panel at SXSW called The Self-Publishing Novelist, which included insights from 3 experienced experts: John Sundman. Read an interview with John here, Building an Enthusiastic Fan Base as a … Read more

The Very Beginning: Your Opening Scene

In this excerpt from Chapter 1: The Very Beginning: Your Opening Scene from Nancy Kress’s Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles, & Ends, you’ll learn:
  • why it’s so important to establish your story’s promise
  • how to establish strong characters
  • tactics to make sure readers keep reading.

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Beginnings, Middles, & Ends

Find out more about Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles, & Ends by Nancy Kress.

  • Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs.
  • Make and keep your story’s implicit promise to the reader.
  • Build drama and credibility by controlling your prose.

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Q&A With Nancy Kress

Read an exclusive Q&A with Nancy Kress, author of Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles, & Ends.
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Take Back Your Lunch Hour

In this excerpt from Chapter 4: Writers, Take Back Your Lunch Hour from Áine Greaney’s Writer With a Day Job, you’ll learn:
  • how to make your lunch hour work for you
  • the most effective ways to organize your time at lunch
  • how much you can really expect to get done in an hour

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Writer With a Day Job

In Writer With a Day Job by Áine Greaney

  • Learn how to balance a day job and a writing life
  • Find exercises, inspiration, and techniques you need to build creative expression into your daily life.
  • Get quick, practical tutorials to help you master scenes, point of view, characters, settings, dialogue, and more

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How to Craft Compelling Characters

To make characters seem real, you need to tap into what drives them. Use this foolproof method to bring the emotion of your story to life.

by David Corbett
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Finding Your Memoir’s Voice

Literary agent Paula Balzer discussed finding your voice in this excerpt from her book WRITING & SELLING YOUR MEMOIR. Read more

18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Life Stories

Announcing the Life Stories winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Reference

Announcing the Reference winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Nonfiction

Announcing the Nonfiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Poetry

Announcing the Poetry winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Middle Grade/Young Adult

Announcing the Middle Grade/Young Adult winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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Online Exclusive: Stock Your Bookshelves the Pat Conroy Way

In this bonus online exclusive, Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and other contemporary Southern classics) shares recollections and recommendations of some of his favorite bookstores, past and present, across his native South.

by Lynn Seldon
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Learn How Less Can Be More

Read the winning story in WD’s 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition, and find out more about how its author, Mikala Engel, conveyed big emotion in a small word count. Read more

Get Started With Your Own Website or Blog

If you’re serious about your career as an author, you need a website. And the sooner you get one going, the better. Why? The most important reason: There’s a learning curve. You … Read more

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