Industry News & Trends
Representation in Fiction: How to Write Characters Whose Experiences Are Outside of Your Own
As publishing endeavors to address inclusion and diverse representation in fiction, an inevitable question arises: Can authors write characters whose experience is outside of their own?
19 Diversity-Focused Writing Conferences & Events in 2019
Although 2019 is well under way, there’s still time to register for these diversity-centric writing conferences and events taking place later this year.
Imagination Unchained: BIRD BOX Author Josh Malerman on Film Adaptations, Theatrical Book Readings and More
Bird Box author and multidisciplinary creative Josh Malerman shares insights into his writing process, what it's like having a story adapted for the screen, his unique theatrical book readings and more.
Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers
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.
2018 Year in Review: Inside the Publishing Industry
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.
How to Draw Influence from Other Writers Without Plagiarizing: 6 Tips to Avoid an Ailey O'Toole Situation
Those who are in-the-know on poetry news most likely have heard about the latest high-profile case of plagiarism in poetry. The poem “Gun Metal,” which was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize, and many other poems written by Ailey O’Toole have been found to plagiarize at least 11 other poets. Here's how to avoid this problem when you're interested in borrowing influence from another writer.
Why Writers Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Technology
These days writers hoping to write, pitch, publish and platform-build have little choice but to surrender themselves to their laptops and smartphones—a complicated predicament for the dreamers of the world. Here are several pros and cons of the writing world's love-hate relationship with technology.
Insider Secrets for Indie Authors and Small Presses from Amy Collins of New Shelves Books
Amy Collins of New Shelves Books shares insider secrets about book sales and marketing tips for indie authors and small publishers, as well as small and indie publishing trends.
100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer's Digest Annual Conference
In case you didn't make it to the 2018 Writer's Digest Annual Conference, or you didn't manage to catch a session you were dying to attend, we've selected 100 of the greatest writing and publishing tips from the speakers who graced us with their knowledge and experiences.
Meet the Future of Science Fiction: The Teen Scribes of the Octavia Project
The Octavia Project, WD’s inaugural charity partner for the 2018 Annual Conference, offers young women and trans, gender non-conforming, or questioning youth the chance to participate in free interdisciplinary workshops that encourage critical thinking, build confidence, and develop skills in a myriad of subjects.
Learn from The Incredibles: How to Write Super Characters
The Incredibles 2, the sequel to Pixar's iconic superhero film, offers writers the oportunity to enhance our understanding of effective character development. Here are a few lessons from the movie that you can apply in your fiction.
How Young Girls’ and Women’s Issues Have Evolved in Young Adult Literature Today
There has been an impressive build-up in Young Adult literature to present-day concerns. Camilla chance discusses in light of her own work.
The Making of a Grammy-Winning Audiobook: Directing Carrie Fisher's The Princess Diarist
There is no one recipe for a winning audiobook, but Jessica Kaye shares the ingredients which helped make The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher the 2018 winner of the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word.
The #MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Women’s Writing
The #MeToo movement has profoundly influenced women’s writing. Learn how, from the voices of authors who have felt this change—and share your stories.
Embrace the Power of Imagination: Ashley Hope Pérez Talks Latinx Literature and Contemporary Global Issues
The author of three novels for young adults, Ashley Hope Pérez’s most recent work, Out of Darkness, has received national acclaim. Here she discusses the representation of latinx literature in the discussion of global lit.