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7 Query Letter Strategies That Don’t Work (But Many Writers Try)

One of my first real jobs was working for a bank, taking phone calls. I’ll never forget it. Some of the kindest people you know can be downright vicious when they call their bank. Trust me. I’ve been called names that can’t be repeate...

Home Base: Follow These 4 Basic Steps to Begin Building Your Author Blog

Image by @neonbrand on Unsplash Encourage a writer to start an author blog and you’re likely to provoke a wince. Many resist blogging because they believe it will steal time away from precious minutes otherwise spent on their work-in-pro...

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March 2018 Short Story Contest

It’s all different today. Sideways. Like two space ships from different sides of the galaxy meeting each other out in space. Except one of the ships is sideways’n crap, while the other’s upside down. You know? Anyway, I ch...

How Writing Helped Me Transform from Worrier to Warrior

by Mariagrazia Buttitta With a blink of an eye, I watched as my 14-year-old dreams vanished. For the first time in my life, I felt that I was in a nosedive toward rock bottom—with no parachute. No reason to live. And suddenly… I became ...

The Identity List: How to Catalog Your Written Work to Get More Freelance Writing Projects

By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Stay organized with this process for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects. by Kimberly A. Edward...

Rub Two Sticks Together to Create a Spark: A Scout’s Strategy for Starting a Story

How do you go about starting a story when your creative spark has dimmed? Try rubbing two ideas together, like Lynn Sloan did. By Lynn Sloan As every fiction writer knows, there comes a moment when the ideas dry up. It’s not that you have...

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 2: Business Strategy for Writers — Interview with James Scott Bell

Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion—be it epic adventures of vigilante nuns or tales of an undead attorney determined to take a bite out of crime—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you...

The 10 Real Secrets of Nonfiction Publicity

by Richard Campbell You’ve written a nonfiction book. It’s up for sale on Amazon and hopefully in bookstores everywhere. Now you wonder what to do with it. Maybe it will sell millions of copies on its own merit. Or thousands. Not likely...

Do You Really Need Life Rights?

Doug Richardson, writer of Die Hard 2, Bad Boys and Hostage, shares advice on whether you need to get the life rights before you start that screenplay. As advice goes, mine is pretty much like most everybody else who’s had a lucrative car...

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Kerbouchard wins the February 2018 contest!

@Wreybies please do the honours when you have time CROSS COUNTRY (2,256 words) A flock of birds flap their wings over Central Park, triggering turbulence thirty thousand feet in the sky. A toddler drops her bottle in the narrow aisle of the...

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