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Are Agents Just Looking for an Excuse to Reject Your Work?

Are agents just looking for an excuse to reject your work? Do literary agents want to accept your writing?

Q: Doesn’t it seem like agents are just looking for excuses to reject work? —Anonymous

A: Actually, the complete opposite is true. Agents don't want to reject your work, they want to accept it and sell it to any publisher willing to take a chance—after all, that's how they pay their rent. Agents may tell you that they reject work because the writer used poor grammar or didn't follow submission guidelines or shares a name with a grade-school bully whom the agent has never forgiven (all of which make it sound like they are out to get you), but the dirty truth is this: Agents are willing to look past all of that if you have a story that's worth selling. Grammar can be fixed; a bad story idea can't.

    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.

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    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!