Business of Writing
Funny You Should Ask: Proofreading Errors and Supply Chain Issues
Literary agent Barbara Poelle answers questions about what to do if you've found a mistake in your published book and how supply chain issues are affecting publication dates.
A Conversation With Jaden Terrell on Writer Expectations, Part 1 (Killer Writers)
Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford continues his series of interviews with mystery, thriller, and suspense authors. Here he has a conversation with novelist Jaden Terrell about writer expectations and success.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not submitting your work.
The Rewards of Writing Epic Fantasy Fiction (After Writing in Another Genre)
In this piece, G.R. Macallister shares her experience of transitioning from bestselling historical fiction author Greer Macallister to debut fantasy novelist, including the mental steps needed to switch the writing gears and aspects to consider from a publishing perspective.
How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing
Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.
Agent Advice: Analieze Cervantes of The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
Agent Advice (this installment featuring Analieze Cervantes of The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else.
Invoice Template for Freelance Writers
If you're a freelance writer who is able to secure assignments, an essential tool you'll need is an invoice. In this post, Writer's Digest Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer shares a very basic and easy invoice template for freelance writers to get the job done (and get paid).
17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing
When choosing your publishing journey, it's important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks in order to make the right decision for you and your work. Author Rick Lauber lays out 17 pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.
How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author
Learn the process indie author Amanda Aksel went through in getting her novel Delia Suits Up traditionally published, including questions she asked herself and weighing one strategy against the other.
Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process
A publisher accepting your manuscript is just the beginning, not the end. Author Rick Lauber discusses how to work with a nonfiction book publisher from query letter to release date and beyond.
10 Writing and Publishing Questions Answered by Literary Agent Barbara Poelle
Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this post, we've collected 10 of her FYSA columns.
Publishing in a Pandemic: Launching Both a Hardback and a Paperback in One Terrifying Year
Caroline Leavitt discusses how embracing virtual events helped to create buzz around her latest release, With or Without You, and why she co-created the online initiative A Mighty Blaze.
4 Keys for How to Interview in the Age of Zoom
Now that anyone can be reached remotely, you might find yourself anxious about how to best conduct a videoconference interview. Here, author and host of "The Story King Podcast" Giancarlo Ghedini has some tips to guide you.
Writing With Intention: On Hiring a Sensitivity Reader
Whether you're looking to pitch your work to an agent or are setting out on your self-publishing journey, author Melissa Scholes Young has some tips for hiring a sensitivity reader to up-level your work.
Fair Use Rights 101 for Writers: To Use or Not to Use? That is the Question
You might have bumped into the term fair use—what does it mean? And how does it effect writers? Here, literary agent and publishing attorney Joseph Perry has the answers.
Three Crucial Changes to the Book Publishing Industry
The new book Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing documents in detail the changes in the book publishing industry in recent years. Author John B. Thompson gives a glimpse of three crucial changes.
By Any Means Necessary: Finding Unorthodox Ways to Break-In
Novelist D. Eric Maikranz gives advice for how to get your readers to sit up and take notice of your work in untraditional ways.