Literary agent Ammi-Joan Paquette provides a collection of quotes on diverse books and representation from authors and industry pros, plus a list of additional web resources for those who want to learn more.
In this interview from the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine—bestselling author Leigh Bardugo discusses finding YA fantasy stardom and why, if pursuing a dream, you’re always on the right track.
In his article “Critical Thinking” in the March/April 2018 issue Writer’s Digest, professional book critic Paul Goat Allen shares his criteria for evaluating a novel. Below, find a graphic illustration of his Book Reviewer’s Hierarchy of Needs.
An Exaltation of Larks, by Suanne Laqueur, is the grand-prize winning book in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
It’s a bibliophile’s dream. A chance to win a whole bookshop. Now, thanks to a rare opportunity, you could win a bookstore by writing a short essay stating why bookstores are important to the community.
An Exaltation of Larks, by Suanne Laqueur, is the grand-prize winning book in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. It bested more than 2,300 entries from 55 countries across eight categories to take home a prize package that includes $8,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New...
Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 44 winners of the 25th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.
In this full interview (including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine) with The Martian author Andy Weir, he offers a peek at the research process for his moon colony-set follow-up, Artemis.
The most convincing romantic stories are those that feel natural. Learn how to write romance scenes and romance novels without using the word "love."
The latest from bestselling 'The Nightingale' author Kristin Hannah transports readers to remote 1970s Alaska. In this interview from the February 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine—Hannah discusses the real-life influences that inspired 'The Great Alone,' and preaches the power of a tight-knit writing circle.
Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their love of writing.
In our "Breaking In" column in Writer's Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author of The Night Child—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too.
Editor Tyler Moss takes us on a brief tour of the January 2018 issue of Writer's Digest magazine.
In an industry that’s often cutthroat and always competitive, the importance of a supportive writing community can’t be over-emphasized. Knowing there are others in your corner can motivate you to carry on through those peaks and valleys. In that spirit, WD Editors share their favorite upcoming books for 2018.
For those who want a hand in how their writing is handled posthumously, preparation is essential. Building on Jennifer Roland’s steps for securing your digital assets in the January 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, Richard D. Bank advises how to manage your writing estate in your will.
We made a deeply regrettable error in our November/December Your Story column, where we incorrectly attributed one of the winners in Contest #82 as Marlene Seielstad when it should have been Lindsay Neadow. The winning entry is as follows: While he thought he was snapping his money shot, Frank didn’t realize...
In the annual “Get an Agent” feature of Writer’s Digest, we work hard to feature a multitude of agents who are actively seeking new writers. We also seek agents who don’t have the intention of leaving the business, or who aren’t actively in the process of switching agencies (or looking to...
A master of delivery both in writing and in person, the long-respected actor, bestselling author and thought leader shares lessons learned in a lifetime devoted to information and entertainment.
“Heroine Addiction,” a stage play script by Melodie Edwards, is the Grand Prize winner of the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. You can read an extended interview with Edwards here. For complete coverage of the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check out the November/December 2017 issue of Writer’s...
Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest.
“Heroine Addiction,” by Melodie Edwards, is the Grand Prize winning story for the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting over 5,500 entries across nine categories. For complete coverage of the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check out the November/December 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest.
If I could point to one external factor that has had the biggest positive impact on my career as an author, it would be my email list—and I’m far from alone. Most writers today know they should probably have an email list, but misinformation and confusion abound about what exactly that...
Adapted from the leftovers of our annual agent issue, you’ll find a bevy of advice—concerning querying, beta readers, editing, and more—from 16 literary agents in this article.
Writing a proposal for a work of nonfiction may be intimidating and sometimes frustrating, especially if you’re unsure about the information you should include and how to structure the proposal. Authors often spin their wheels and look at multiple sources for guidance on this task. They look for multiple resources to...
In this online exclusive by agent Gina Panettieri, we take you behind the scenes of another impressive contract—this one a debut mystery trilogy from an unlikely source that inspired a bidding war.