Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Bryan Gruley offers his best tips for writing about controversial topics—social, political and otherwise—in your fiction.
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.
By starting a story in the midst of action, writers can hook readers with a literary technique as old as the Greek epics—in medias res. Paul Buchanan explains.
Jane Binns discusses the difficulty some memoir writers experience about publishing deeply personal life events and emotions.
Most writers aspire to publish a book that will remain popular among future generations of readers. Gary McPherson offers five things to consider if you want your book to remain relevant for years after its release.
Author and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein recently set out on a book tour of his own devising. In this three-part series, he outlines his experience, lessons learned along the way, and what up-and-coming authors might expect from their own tours.
In our Breaking In column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anissa Gray (anissagray.com), author of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. Here, Gray discusses how she got started, the importance of creating your...
New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Savannah Brooks of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction.
After submitting to several imprints, all of whom passed, your literary agent says she “will no longer be actively submitting” your manuscript and asks what you're working on next. What now?
Whether you're traditionally or self-published marketing your book, is difficult. You have to start promoting your book as early as possible, and you can't stop after it's published. Here's one way to plot out your book marketing calendar.
Explore Jane Friedman's 2018 Year in Review—her take on the latest trends and shakeups in the book and magazine realm, and what those mean for writers in the coming year.
Greta Heinemann, writer-producer on NCIS New Orleans, shares how she achieved her goal of moving from Germany to Los Angeles to become a successful writer. It all starts with a pen and paper.
Patreon offers creatives a more sustainable model for crowdfunding—ongoing micro-payments from interested benefactors.
YA sensation Cassandra Clare discusses the tactics she leverages to craft her bestselling Shadowhunter series and demystifies the secrets of writing for different age groups and fostering representation in fiction.
Book categorization is key to finding readers and maximizing sales. Here’s what you should know.
The advice to read widely is sound, but are you broadening your horizons enough? Forgotten paperback books from decades past can offer essential writing lessons as capably as any new hardback.
Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Ann Tanenbaum of Tanenbaum International Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Bob Eckstein recently set out on a book tour of his own devising. In this three-part series, he outlines his experience, lessons learned along the way, and what up-and-coming authors might expect from their own tours.
It's holiday time, and guess what editors do this time of year? They clean our their desks and send out rejections by the dozens; it’s the gift that keeps on giving! You've heard what people say about comedy coming from pain. That's why Pamela Jane is offering a new way to...
Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry. For indie authors or traditionally published authors who have retained their audio rights, now may be the perfect time to consider creating your own audiobooks. Here's your how-to guide to DIY audiobooks.
Want to know how to pitch a picture book? We've got you covered. Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent.
Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she offers tips for remaining supportive of your more successful writer friends when they achieve your goals.
New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Amy Stapp of Wolfson Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
When you sign with an agent, you’re choosing a partner for your career—which means it’s important to choose carefully. We asked authors to share the best parts of their agent-author relationships, showing both what’s important and what’s possible. Let their stories be a guide as you seek the right match.