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How to Select the Best Topic for Historical Nonfiction—and How to Pitch It

By Cory Taylor We all know what Adolf Hitler did once he achieved power. We are less familiar with how he got there. My debut work of narrative nonfiction, How Hitler Was Made, explains Hitler’s rise from obscurity and how he used fake ne...

The WD Interview: Bestseller Jacqueline Woodson on Confronting Controversial Subjects & Writing Across Age Categories

In this exclusive extended interview with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson, the Newbery Honored author talks character building, diversity movements, and the real-world importance of books for kids and...

The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

21 Tools for Conducting Digital Formative Assessments – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in February. Condu...

Superhero Sauce: Blending Pop Culture & Academic Disciplines in Nonfiction (+ a Quiz!)

In his book Superhero Ethics, Travis Smith blended his knowledge of political philosophy with superhero mythos. By outlining his writing process and what he learned, he demonstrates how combining pop culture topics with academic discipline...

Bob Woodward Gets to the Bottom of Things: Timeless Investigative Journalism Techniques (from Writer’s Digest 1996)

Given the buzz surrounding the explosive book Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, we were reminded of a surprisingly timeless article from the August 1996 issue of Writer’s Digest about Mr. Woodward’s investigative journal...

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Wherein I Roll My Own in the Publishing House Line

Cave Troll said: ↑ You are pretty good at GIMP. I spent 12 hours just trying to figure out how tomesh two images together for my first.When you figure out how to get rid of thewatermarking, please do share that bitof insight. Click to exp...

The Perception Gap: Using Character Perspective to Propel Your Plot

Your characters’ views of the world can do much more than simply define who they are. Here’s how to use character perspective to propel your plot. If you’re like most people, when you believe something, you assume it’s true. It rare...

Successful Writing Collaborations: 3 Questions Co-Authors & Ghostwriters Need to Ask

By Howard Zaharoff As a lawyer and a writer, I truly believe that the key to successful collaborative writing, from an equal co-authorship to a ghostwritten autobiography, is a good contract that is clear about who has what roles, how ri...

The Three Types of Book Cover Design Every Author Should Know

by Yvonne S at Reedsy One of the great pleasures of browsing bookstores involves admiring the artwork — the cover designs on display, to be more specific. In the current era, the publishing industry is producing beautiful covers as diver...

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