My Exciting News at Writer's Digest

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You've probably noticed I've been making liberal use of guest bloggers during the new year. That's because I'm busy cooking up new content at Writer's Digest, but I'll soon return to more tough-love posts for writers!

For now, I do want to share some exciting news & cool stuff that I think you'll enjoy.

How to Get a Book Deal While Avoiding the Slush Pile
This is my guest post over at Writer Unboxed, discussing the so-called "death of the slush pile" as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The Future of Agents & Book Contracts
While attending Digital Book World, I covered the three panels featuring literary agents and publishers. Check out these recaps—essential reading for both aspiring writers and already-published authors.

Free Webinars on Publishing Industry
Speaking of Digital Book World, every week Guy Gonzalez hosts a roundtable discussion on industry news. Go and educate yourself—for free!

For those who need a little bit of lower level advice, mark your calendars for the next free Q&A webinar with Writer's Digest editors: May 13 at 1p EST. The event fills up within hours of opening registration; subscribe to our e-newsletter to be among the first to know when you can sign up.

Paid Services on
For the first time ever, we've created a section of that is absolutely free for everyone to use: Paid Services. This section includes our editorially vetted listings on competitions/contests, events, and organizations, plus we're also now gathering new listings on self-publishing services, professional editorial services, educational programs, and software. This area is still new and growing, but go check it out and let us know what you think.

2010 Writer's Digest Editors' Intensives
If you're looking for professional feedback on your work, we've now set the dates for our intensives this year: March 13-14 and September 11-12. Find out more here. Or read Darrelyn Saloom's post on the event here.

VIP Program
You might recall my excitement about the launch of this program in fall 2009. Now I'm proud to announce it's available internationally. VIP is by far one of the best deals Writer's Digest has ever offered. Go check it out.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.


The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.


Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.


Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.


Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.


Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.


Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.