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My Best Posts From 2010

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Here's the very best advice I offered here at NO RULES in 2010. This can serve as a handy guide, or share this link with writers who might be new to NO RULES. (What a good Christmas gift, right?)

Above: my cat Zelda. She approves of this list. Plus I don't think I posted one cat photo all year. I think there's a law that every blog needs to use at least one cat photo each year (if not each month).

Craft & Technique

The Biggest Bad Advice About Story Openings

Story Openings: What Constitutes Significant/Meaningful Action?

Your No. 1 Challenge If You're Writing a Memoir

Getting Published

How to Ensure 75% of Agents Will Request Your Material

The Ultimate Guide to Novel Queries

Your Self-Help Book Should Not Be a Thinly Disguised Memoir

7 Free-to-Enter National Writing Competitions That Impact Your Career

Marketing & Promotion

The Most Important Marketing Acronym: WIIFM

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

Authors: Build Your E-mail List—NOW

Blogs/Websites

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

What Should Fiction Writers Blog About?

Should You Hire Someone to Design Your Website?

Social Media

When or Why Social Media Fails to Sell Books

Should You Create a Facebook Fan Page? (And If So, When?)

Self-Publishing

The No. 1 Most Important Factor for Writers Considering the Self-Pub Option

The Best 101 on Self-Publishing + Resources

Self-Publishing and Online Publishing Will Not Ruin Your Chances at a Traditional Deal


The Writing Life

Your Excuses About Writing Are Vitally Important

The Secret to Writing & Publishing That Should Be Taped to Your Wall

Industry Trends

The 3 Best Takeaways for Writers From BookExpo America

Best Resources for Successful Writers of the Future

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I also started a Back to Basics series in 2010. Click here to see all entries in the category. I cover 101 questions like how to get published, how to start blogging, what your rights are as a writer, and why you might be getting rejected.

Want more? Check out The Secrets to Publishing Success (Jane's 2009 Tough Love Guide)

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Writer's Digest Presents: Vacation Reads (Podcast, Episode 6)

In the sixth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about what makes for a good vacation read, plus a conversation with authors Steven Rowley and Jessica Strawser and our first ever WD Book Club selection from debut author Grace D. Li.

Trend Chaser

Trend Chaser

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an attempt to join an online trend has gone wrong.

Ava Reid: On Literary Traditions and Family History

Ava Reid: On Literary Traditions and Family History

Author Ava Reid discusses how her love for a certain Grimms' fairytale led her to write her new fantasy novel, Juniper & Thorn.

Doing Better: Building Your DEIJ-B Muscle as a Writer

Doing Better: Building Your DEIJ-B Muscle as a Writer

Author Faye Snowden discusses the importance of authors to write diversely and offers tips and resources to help along the never-ending process of doing better.

Lauren Ho: On Exploring Heavier Topics in Romance

Lauren Ho: On Exploring Heavier Topics in Romance

Author Lauren Ho discusses combining heavier themes with laugh-out-loud humor in her new contemporary romance novel, Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic.

Ashley M. Coleman: On the Importance of Writing Rituals

Ashley M. Coleman: On the Importance of Writing Rituals

Author Ashley M. Coleman discusses how a decade in the music industry led her to write her debut novel, Good Morning, Love.

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WD Presents: Our July/August Cover Reveal, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our July/August 2022 cover reveal, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2022

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2022

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

June Gervais: On a Misfit Writing About Misfits

June Gervais: On a Misfit Writing About Misfits

Author June Gervais discusses how she wrote a love letter to readers who feel alone with her debut novel, Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair.