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Is Your Email Newsletter Working? 4 Top Metrics to Watch
How do you know if your author newsletter is working effectively? EJ Wenstrom suggests monitoring these four metrics to determine if you’re building a real audience, or getting buried in inboxes.
Author Platform: How to Build Your Online Audience and Stay Sane
E.J. Wenstrom shares a few steps you can take while you're building your online author platform that can save your sanity.
Who Is Your Target Audience? Use This Simple Trick to Figure Out If They Actually Exist
A major conundrum that trips up many new writers is defining your target audience before you have any actual readers. Dana Sitar explains how to identify them.
Starting Over, But Not From Scratch: Book Marketing Insights From a Third-Career Debut Novelist
Former public relations executive and career consultant Rita Dragonette outlines the book marketing strategies she employed with her debut novel, from developing her online presence to organizing book events and creative publicity campaigns.
The Tragical Mystery Book Tour (Part 1)
Author and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein recently set out on a book tour of his own devising. In this four-part series, he outlines his experience, lessons learned along the way, and what up-and-coming authors might expect from their own tours.
indieLAB—a New Event for Entrepreneurial Writers
If you're an author, aspiring novelist, freelance writer or small publisher who wants to expand your readership, improve your business prospects and earn more from your writing, join us this September at indieLAB, an all-new event from Writer's Digest.
What Starting a Business and Launching a Book Have in Common: It’s All About the Investment
When launching a book, your job is to find readers, engage with readers, write good books, and sell the heck out of said book(s). Here are a few rules from the business world that will make the investment of time and energy worth your while.
3 Amazon Secrets Every Author Needs to Know
Rob Eagar offers up three essential Amazon secrets and hacks for authors to write and sell books on Amazon, including how to change the marketing text for your book, getting email subscribers through Kindle Direct Publishing, and identifying your target audience.
Top Websites for Writers: 8 Great Publishing & Marketing Resources on the Web
Each year, we scour the web for our annual 101 Best Websites for Writers, a comprehensive collection of online resources for writers. This selection represents this year's publishing and marketing resources that are particularly helpful for authors looking to self publish or build their audiences and platforms.
4 Networking Strategies for Authors Who Hate Networking
If you're an introvert who hates having to schmooze in order to promote their work and build their author platform, you might benefit by rethinking your approach to networking. These networking strategies can help you out even if you prefer to stay in.
Insider’s Guides to Navigating 3 Online Resources for Writers
In our May/June 2018 issue of Writer's Digest, check out our annual 101 Best Websites for Writers! Here, in this online exclusive, we take a deep dive into three handy online resources for writers.
Interview: Jessica Strawser Discusses the Journey from Editor to Author, and Her New Book 'Not That I Could Tell'
In her nearly 10-year tenure as the former editor-in-chief and editorial director (and now editor-at-large) of Writer’s Digest, Jessica Strawser has interviewed hundreds of globally recognized authors, learning what she needed to write her 2017 debut novel, Almost Missed You. Now we turn the mic around to talk to Jessica about her journey from editor to author, and about her new book, Not That I Could Tell, on shelves March 27, 2018.
Brand Basics: 6 Debut Authors Discuss Their Author Platforms and Connecting with Readers
6 Breaking In authors discuss the makings of their author platforms—or lack thereof—and how they best connect with readers.
Curation & Community: Inside the Online Literary Magazine Women Writers, Women’s Books
The owner and managing editor of the online literary magazine Women Writers, Women’s Books, Barbara Bos discusses growing the community—and how to submit.
Under Construction: Rethinking the Process of Building an Author Platform
Many writers wait until they've completed a novel—or a screenplay or a short story or any other significant piece of work—before attempting to build an author platform. Here's why you should make expanding your audience a daily practice.
Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time
The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If you're looking to sell a short story, personal essay or a poem that's already been published, there’s a good chance you can sell it again. Learn how.