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How to Create Your Own Book -- The New Options of Abbott Press

My Guide to Literary Agents Blog is all about -- naturally -- trying to get an agent. But not every book's path lies on the same route. While I encourage you to try to and get an agent for your work (and I can speak from a positive experience in the matter), some books may be a better fit for self-publishing. If you've got a novel in the drawer that agents said no to and you've forgotten about, perhaps that can be a great project to self-publish so some eyes could see it. If you're thinking about self-publishing, learn more about Abbott Press.

My Guide to Literary Agents Blog is all about -- naturally -- trying to get an agent. But not every book's path lies on the same route. While I encourage you to try to and get an agent for your work (and I can speak from a positive experience in the matter), some books may be a better fit for self-publishing. If you've got a novel in the drawer that agents said no to and you've forgotten about, perhaps that can be a great project to self-publish so some eyes could see it.

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If you're thinking about self-publishing, check out Abbott Press, the self-publishing arm of Writer's Digest. Abbott Press recently updated their packages to include even more cool stuff. Packages include tons of stuff, from personalized covers to different formats (hardcover) to editorial reviews from editors to much, much more.

Check out all the Abbott Press packages here.

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

Here are a few tips for writing personal essays from the Publishing Insights column of the March/April 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between dispel and expel with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Author and writing instructor Laura Davis discusses the process of starting, stopping, and starting again with her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars.

From Our Readers

Which Writer or Work Made You Think About Point of View in a Different Way and Why?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: Which writer or work made you think about point of view in a different way and why? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

The kind of research you do can make or break your story's authenticity. Author Blake Sanz offers 4 tips on research for your novels and stories beyond getting the facts right.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition Early-Bird Deadline, Seven WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the Annual Writing Competition early-bird deadline, seven WDU courses starting this week, and more!

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

Small but mighty, picture books help raise children into lifelong readers. Children's book author Diana Murray offers 3 big tips for writing a picture book like a pro.

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

Lessons in writing can come from various forms of art or entertainment. Author Alverne Ball shares 5 things he learned about writing from watching soap operas.

From Script

Writing from an Intimate Point of View and Adding Essential Elements to Solidify Your Screenplay (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, TV writer Kate Sargeant shares a first-hand look on her new digital series that was a life-changing experience. Plus an interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, a new installment from ‘Ask the Coach’ and more!