Around the WD Properties: January 22, 2008

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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.

We have recently relaunched! 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 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 on a month-to-month subscription or a yearlong sub. Your choice!


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Poetic Forms

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Capital vs. Capitol (Grammar Rules)

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On Writing to Give Grief Meaning and Write Out of Challenging Situations

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Gerald Brandt: Toeing the Line Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Moment of Doubt

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character experience a moment of doubt.


Caitlin O'Connell: Finding Connection and Community in Animal Rituals

In this post, Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares what prompted her to write a book about finding connection and community in animal rituals, what surprised her in the writing process, and much more!


New Agent Alert: Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.


Mark Henick: On Memory, Healing, and Languishing Projects

Author Mark Henick shares how he was able to turn a successful TEDx talk into a memoir, even when the project didn't come as quickly as he expected.