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What Should Fiction Writers Blog About?

I often receive the following question at conferences and via e-mail and blog comments: It seems easier for nonfiction writers to offer free content through their blogs (e.g. how-to tips). Could you … Read more

The Secret to Paid Writing Gigs

Don’t be afraid to get personal and use your connections to get writing assignments.

by Chad Gervich
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How to Break into Corporate Writing

If you think this type of work isn’t for you, think again. Businesses offer some of the most rewarding, creative and lucrative freelance gigs available today. (Really.)

by I.J. Schecter

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Stephen King’s 3 Steps to Create Suspense

Analysis reveals there are three steps that Stephen King invariably employs to create suspense. Learn what they are and how to apply them to your work.

by William Cane
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Tips for Writing and for Life

In this special expanded edition of MFA Insider, a distinguished writer and longtime professor shares a wealth of advice he’s been compiling for (and from) his students for decades.

by Leslie Epstein
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Managing Multiple Identities Online (Avoid)

Inevitably, at some point during author platform discussions, two questions get asked: What if I want to write under a pen name, or two (or more) different names? Do I need to … Read more

Are Content Aggregators Good for Writers?

Should you pursue these open markets for your work, or leave them to citizen journalists?

by Michelle V. Rafter

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Wait, Could Editors Be the Saviors of Book Publishing? (A Self-Interested View)

Pictured above: Maxwell Perkins Yesterday I took part in a Digital Book World conversation with Debbie Stier, the director of digital marketing at HarperCollins, with Guy Gonzalez moderating. There was a moment … Read more

Quality v. Quantity: Do they need each other?

Now that I’m escaping from the vacuum of National Poetry Month and another successful April Poem-A-Day Challenge, I find myself wondering about the relationship of quantity and quality in writing. Is there … Read more

How to Set up A Preorder Event for Your Book

A preorder event is a great way to not only generate buzz for your book, but also to pull in some early sales. Seth Harwood, author of Jack Wakes Up and Young Junius, offers up several strategies on how to have a successful preorder event.

by Seth Harwood with Alison Janssen

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What, Me Market? (Adventures of a First-Time Author)

Today’s guest post comes from celebrated short-story writer Robin Black. I asked her to share how she managed to get an agent and secure a deal for her collection of short stories, … Read more

4 Simple Steps to Creating a Book Trailer

You don’t have to be a technology guru to publicize your book 21st-Centruy-style. Follow these easy steps to create a trailer to promote your book with cinematic flair.

by Shauna E. Black

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Why Start a Website or Blog If You Have Nothing to Promote?

I feel like there’s a debate heating up between the group who believes it’s never too early to develop an online presence (that’s me) and the group who believes it’s necessary to … Read more

Why You Should Post Your Work Online

Today I’m the featured blogger over at Writer Unboxed, where I contributed a new post: Stop Being Afraid of Posting Your Work Online*. Too many people are afraid of the very thing … Read more

Best Resources for Successful Writers of the Future

Today I gave an online class on how writers can succeed in an ever-shifting publishing landscape. To help those students—as well as all of you—I’m providing what I consider the most helpful … Read more

Kindle, iPhone, iPad: Exploring the Impact for Writers and Authorship

Pictured above: My office at Writer’s Digest, from L to R: Kindle 2, MacBook (with iPhone sitting on top), iPad When I started working in publishing (1998), the epic dream of writers … Read more


Worried that some of your stories aren’t that good and were a waste of your time? Don’t be, and here’s why.

by John Smolens

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Why Don't Publishers Market & Promote the Books They Publish?

Over on my Facebook page, I shared a quote from David Ogilvy: In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Eve Brown-Waite


“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.

Eve Brown-Waite is the author of First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life, (2009, Broadway Books) available in paperback on April 14, 2010. Read more

Can Writers Get Creative With Facts?

Is it ever OK to get creative with the facts in nonfiction? If you think honesty’s the only policy, here are some gray areas to consider.

by Art Spikol
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AWP Note + Best Tweets Rests This Week

I’ve been in Denver for the last 5 days for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, where I participated on two panels, and also manned the Writer’s Digest Bookfair table … Read more

Sue Grafton’s Advice for Writers: Put in the Time

Five books from the end of her alphabet series, Sue Grafton says it doesn’t get any easier—and there’s always another lesson to learn about the ABCs of writing.

by Diana Page Jordan
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Create Your Own Mini-Writing Retreat

Too busy to write? No budget to get away? Setting aside a time and place for your writing can be easier than you think.

by Kathryn Haueisen Cashen
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How I Got My Agent: Marianne Elliott


“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.

Marianne Elliott is the author of the blog Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping. (She has written a memoir of the same name.) Read more

New Agent Alert: Marissa Walsh of Shelf Life Literary

Note from Chuck (4-28-2010): Soon after posting this new agent alert, Marissa contacted me and said she is joining the crew at FinePrint Literary Management. All her bio info remains the same.

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage.

She is seeking: pop culture, humor, narrative nonfiction, memoir, or children’s books. Concerning picture books, she is looking for younger books with very little text (800 words or fewer). Concerning middle grade and YA, no paranormal please. She prefers contemporary stories. Read more

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