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Around the WD Properties: 7-7-09

Here is a look at things going on
around the Writer's Digest world
and more.

Call for Submissions!

The editorial staff of Writer's Digest Market Books is now open to queries for the 2010 editions of Photographer's Market, Songwriter's Market and Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market (which will be published in October 2009).

These books, similar to Writer's Market, offer craft- and business-related articles for photographers, songwriters and artists as well as interviews with both newer and more experienced professionals in these areas. (Refer to past editions for examples.) If you have an idea for an article or interview, e-mail your query to

Short Short Story Competition

The 10th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is accepting entries! We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant ... but brief. Send us your best in 1,500 words or fewer. But don't be too long about it—the deadline is December 1, 2009.

The Grand-Prize winner will receive $3,000 (that's $2—or more—per word).
For guidelines, prizes and to enter online, click here.

Sign Up for My Magazine Freelancing Webinar!

Editor's note: I did the webinar yesterday with Zac and everything went very well. Keep your eyes on to see the next time we teach the class

I am teaching a webinar on Freelancing this Thursday at 1 p.m. It's all about the basics of freelancing for magazines, newspapers and online. We'll talk about everything - how to come with ideas, how to compose a query, how to resell old pieces, how to pitch a market correctly - all that stuff. Freelancing should not be underestimated. You bring in more money, you build your platform, you build your credentials and you make sure you're not putting all your eggs in one basket.
And as if the webinar wasn't awesome enough already, I will be joined by Writer's Digest managing editor Zac Petit, who will chime in with some great advice. Every question asked will be answered, either live during the seminar or afterward. Sign up today!

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Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, we're writing about someplace that's empty.

Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market

Announcing the 33rd Edition of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market!

Writer's Market editor Robert Lee Brewer announces the 33rd edition of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, edited by Amy Jones and the most trusted guide to getting your fiction published.

Lake Superior Magazine: Market Spotlight

Lake Superior Magazine: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Lake Superior Magazine, a bimonthly magazine that focuses on the Lake Superior region.

Berth vs. Birth (Grammar Rules)

Berth vs. Birth (Grammar Rules)

This post looks at the differences between berth and birth with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Kerri Maher: On Playing the Long Game

Kerri Maher: On Playing the Long Game

Author Kerri Maher discusses how the idea for her new historical fiction novel, The Paris Bookseller, grew in her mind for over 20 years.

New Agent Alert: Kaitlin Sooklal of The Rights Factory

New Agent Alert: Kaitlin Sooklal of The Rights Factory

Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Kaitlin Sooklal of The Rights Factory) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, New "From Our Readers" Question, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce six WDU courses, a new “From Our Readers" question, and more!

3 Things I Learned From the Best Self-Published Books This Past Year

3 Things I Learned From the Best Self-Published Books This Past Year

WD competition judge AJ Wells shares what was different, unique, and special about this year's best self-published books.

From Script

3 Keys to Your Success in 2022 (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, Script contributor Dave Trottier shares three actionable objectives to set yourself up for success as a screenwriter. Plus, an exclusive interview with tick, tick…BOOM! Screenwriter Steven Levenson, and so much more!