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 WritersMarket.com
For the first time ever, we've created a section of WritersMarket.com 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.

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

Whether you're looking for something cozy or a little spooky, these books are perfect for the fall season.

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

When it comes to a 30 day writing challenge like NaNoWriMo, do you need to prep beforehand to achieve success? Well, that might depend on what kind of writer you are.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 583

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 fall poem.

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

For over a decade, author Joshua Glenn has been researching adventure-related terms. Now, he's sharing what he's learned for other writers to add to their lexicon.

Moral Compass

Moral Compass

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone with an unfailing moral compass.

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Author, translator, and editor Daniel Levin Becker discusses his hopes for future letter writing like those featured in the new anthology, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer.

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between e.g. and i.e. with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprise in the Writing Process

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprises in the Writing Process

Experienced writers know to expect the unexpected. Here are surprises in the writing process from 20 authors, including Amanda Jayatissa, Paul Neilan, Kristin Hannah, and Robert Jones, Jr.