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20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Life Stories

Thank you the everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Below is a list of the books entered in our Life Stories category.   .””Song On My Lips”  Jazz Greats Were My Mentors” Stephen T. Botek “”That Was Then”” Brenda Tate Groat www.brendatategroat.com 7 Kids and 2 Ex-Wives...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Inspirational

Thank you the everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Below is a list of the books entered in our Inspirational category. 101 Ways to Bliss: Quick and Easy Tips for Leading a Joyous Life! Angie Anderson 101waystobliss.com 16 Mondays – for people who hate their jobs Akilah...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Genre Fiction

Thank you the everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Below is a list of the books entered in our Genre Fiction category.   A Beautiful Glittering Lie J. D. R. Hawkins www.jdrhawkins.com A Case Of Peanut Brittle Jack O’Connor playwriterjack.com A Choice to Yield Laurence Cook www.LonzCook.net...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Children’s/Picture books

Thank you to all the participants in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.  Please see below for a list of books entered into the Children’s/Picture Book category. “””Eh, Spaghetti You Say?””” Karen Leis Welsh A Book About Book Susan Litsios www.elstir-editions.ch A Bug in the House Lisa Cozza barnesandnoble.com A Dragon...

3 Surprising Lessons About Publishing Today

With the newsstand release of every new edition of Writer’s Digest magazine, I typically share a few of the best tips relating to the issue’s cover theme here. But in compiling our February 2013 issue—focused on innovative ways to Make Money Writing and featuring an unexpected WD Interview subject—I found that...

A Haiku of Bad Habits

Write a haiku (three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables) about your significant other’s most annoying habit/feature. Or, do the same for a friend, coworker, family member or pet.

Moving Beyond Writers Block

What do you do when you feel your creativity has dried up, you have nothing to say, or you feel everything you do say, has already been said? There are several solid strategies for transcending these blocks and getting the words and ideas to flow with confidence once again.

Happy Authors Embrace Personal Responsibility

By Rob Eagar As humans, we were created to be responsible individuals. We know this is true, because we’re usually happiest when we have responsibility and take care of it, such as handling our job well or being a loving parent. In contrast, irresponsibility usually leads to blame, which leads to...

The Best New Advice for Getting Published

You can always tell when it’s officially springtime here at the WD offices. Everyone is smiling because of the sunshine. Everyone is sneezing because of the pollen. And everyone is buzzing about the release of our most popular annual list: The 101 Best Websites for Writers. (There are also some unruly...

Things to Write About: Great Places to Find Ideas

Look around and you’ll find there’s no shortage of interesting things to write about—whether you’re in search of blog topics or creative story ideas. But in spite of that, I found myself sucked in to the advance copy of a book I recently happened upon in my inbox: 642 Things to...

How to Get a Short Story Published Like a Pro

As a writer you probably hear a lot of advice about how to get your novel published, how to write a perfect query letter, how to get an agent or editor’s attention and so forth. But what if you want to know how to get a short story published? How is...

What You Should Know About the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The very narrow annual submission window is now open for the much-buzzed-about Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (learn about it here). If you’re an unpublished or self-published first-time novelist, you’re eligible to enter now through February 5 (or until the limit of 5,000 entries have been received) to win the chance to...

Success Breeds Success – Especially When You Have Success Stories

Guest Post by Rob Eagar I’m a big fan of Compassion International (www.compassion.com), a non-profit organization that helps provide food, education, and medical treatment to children who are stuck in poverty around the world. As a supporter of Compassion, I receive their quarterly print newsletter that looks like a first-rate magazine....

Win a copy of James Scott Bell’s Conflict & Suspense!

To celebrate the release of James Scott Bell’s newest writing instruction book and his appearance at the Writer’s Digest Conference, we’re hosting a week-long book giveaway and will be awarding one copy of Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict & Suspense per day for the next five days! To enter, just tweet your...

Defining character archetypes

For a character’s actions to seem believable they must reflect the personality of that character. Character archetypes are a great way to help understand what motivates your heroes and villains – the reasons they do what they do. In the following excerpt from her book 45 Master Characters, archetype expert Victoria...

The Gamechanger

Based on her popular writing reference 45 Master Characters, author and journey and archetype guru Victoria Lynn Schmidt has written a bonus character archetype to accompany the reprinting of her classic reference. This new character archetype covers the traits and motivations of the Gamechanger and the character’s alter ego, the Manipulator....

Writer’s Idea Book

The Writer’s Idea Book, 10th Anniversary Edition How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, & Screenplays by Jack Heffron Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781599633862 $19.99, paperback, 352 pages buy now Read an excerpt Author Jack Heffron guides you through the process of writing down everything that happens to...