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How to Calendarize Your Book Marketing Approach

Whether you’re traditionally or self-published marketing your book, is difficult. Here’s what I know for sure, as Oprah says. You have to start promoting your book as early as possible, and you can’t stop after it’s published. How d...

2018 Year in Review: Inside the Publishing Industry

Explore Jane Friedman’s 2018 Year in Review—her take on the latest trends and shakeups in the book and magazine realm, and what those mean for writers in the coming year. Photo by Steven VanDesande Jr on Unsplash For better or worse,...

5 Tough Tips for Surviving (and Triumphing Over) Really Rotten Book Reviews

Negative reviews of your work can cut deep. Author Pamela Jane offers five proactive measures you can take to stay strong and move forward when dealing with bad book reviews. You know the feeling—the shock, the shattering pain, the sick s...

Season of Savings: WD Books & Writing Resources on Sale This Week

We’re running our annual Season of Savings deals this week at writersdigestshop.com, and I wanted to share some of the exciting daily discounts on Writer’s Digest books and writing resources we’re offering. Each day, we’ll offer a n...

QR Codes, Music, and CoRubrics – The Month in Review

Good evening from Maine where I’m home after a great few days at the LACUE conference in New Orleans. November was a busy month as I hosted three professional development courses through Practical Ed Tech and was a featured presenter ...

Grand Finale: Two Strategies for Writing Great Story Endings

It’s the last day of NaNoWriMo and nearing the end of the year, which means many stories—both literal and figurative—are drawing to a close. Powerful, unexpected story endings will leave readers hungry for your next novel. Consider t...

5 Considerations for Writing About Historical Figures in Fiction

Historical fiction author John Thorndike shares five considerations he’s learned to keep in mind while writing novels about historical figures. Not everyone from the past carries equal weight, notariety-wise. Some characters are far more ...

7 Research and Writing Tips for Setting a Book in Another Country

My newest novel, The Storyteller’s Secret, alternates settings between modern day and 1940’s India. Although I had not traveled to India recently, I knew how critical it was to get the setting and culture correct, so I was forced to be ...

Music, Feedback, and Flowcharts – The Week in Review

Good evening from Nebraska where I’m visiting my good friends Kris and Beth Still. Some of you may remember that Beth was the person who organized the NECC Newbie Project back in 2009 to get me to the NECC (now called ISTE) conference...

Top Websites for Writers: 10 Online Writing Communities

Each year we scour the web for our annual 101 Best Websites for Writers, a comprehensive collection of online resources for writers. Year after year, we review dozens of reader nominations, revisit sites from past lists, consider staff favo...

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