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Around the WD Properties: January 22, 2008

Here are some great things
happening around the other
Writer's Digest properties:

Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal?

WD Editorial Director Jane Friedman is teaching a new webinar titled 3 Secrets to Getting Your Nonfiction Book Published.

Details: 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Jan. 29. 90 minutes in length. The first 25 people to register may submit a 100-word summary of their
nonfiction book concept (which must include the book’s tentative
title), to be critiqued in live time by Jane during the webinar. The
second 25 people to register may also submit a summary, and will
receive a custom critique within 24 hours of the presentation.

What It Is: Find out the difference between a nonfiction book concept that gets an
immediate, enthusiastic response from agents/editors -- and one that
gets no response.
- Learn to craft a selling handle with sizzle.
- Learn the one golden rule of nonfiction book ideas, and how it assures publication every time.
- Learn about identifying markets, honing your hook, and improving your platform.
- Learn the basics of nonfiction book proposal writing (smart authors never write the book first, they always write a proposal)

Selling a proposal is a difficult task, and Jane is a master of proposals, so take advantage of this webinar. Sign up now!

WD Annual Competition

The annual contest, which is WD's biggest competition of the year, is now accepting entries.

GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents. Writer's Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you'll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you're there, a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents! Plus, you'll receive a free Diamond Publishing Package from Outskirts Press.

Entry Deadline: May 15, 2009.

10 Categories!

* Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
* Memoirs/Personal Essay
* Magazine Feature Article
* Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
* Mainstream/Literary Short Story
* Rhyming Poetry
* Non-rhyming Poetry
* Stage Play
* Television/Movie Script
* Children's/Young Adult Fiction

Learn everything about the contest here.

WritersMarket.com

We have recently relaunched WritersMarket.com! The new site includes improved searching abilities to make sure that you're finding the best markets for your work, whether you're looking for agents, magazines or publishers.

What is WritersMarket.com? Simply put, it's all the information in the Writer's Market book, just online. In fact, all the listings we couldn't fit in the book are available with an online subscription. This listings include thousands of magazines, newspapers, book publishers, literary agents, script agents/managers, theaters (for plays), production companies, and what seems like ten million different contests!

You can sign up for WM.com on a month-to-month subscription or a yearlong sub. Your choice!

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

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.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 596

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 punishment poem.

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Award-winning novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard discusses the chance meeting that led to her new novel, The Good Son.

Sea Bound

Sea Bound

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone connected to the sea.

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