Around the WD Properties: January 22, 2008

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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!

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character fall under the influence of something or someone.

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Suspended: Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to J.E. Stamper, grand prize winner of the Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's his winning essay, "Suspended."

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Want to know how to keep your readers engaged and entertained with your mystery novel? Let these six tips from thriller author Kris Calvin guide you!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a blank story poem.

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.

Whitney Hill Elemental

Whitney Hill: Self-Published E-Book Awards Winner

Whitney Hill, winner of the 8th Annual WD Self-Published E-Book Awards, talks fan fiction, creating her own stories, and why she chose to self-publish.

8 Tips to Build Your Supportive Writing Network

8 Tips to Build Your Supportive Writing Network

Writing can be a solitary activity ... but it doesn't have to be. Let author Gale Massey give you some tips for building a supportive writing network.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a "from where you're sitting" poem.

Tension in Poetry: The Hidden Art of Line-Writing

Tension in Poetry: The Hidden Art of Line-Writing

Writer and editor Matthew Daddona explains how to easily create tension in your poems and how that adds weight to your message.