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Critical Thinking: The 5 Factors That Earn 5-Star Book Reviews

ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: OIVIND HOVLAND Novelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is often a mystery. A professional critic lays out what it takes to earn five-star book rev...

Infographic: The Book Reviewer’s Hierarchy of Needs

[Enter your self-published book into the Self-Published Book Awards!] In his article “Critical Thinking” in the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, professional book critic Paul Goat Allen shares his criteria for evaluating a n...

Geography, eBooks, and Nature – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we’re anticipating our first significant snowstorm of the year. As a skier, I cannot wait for the fresh snow. As a Dad, I’m excited to show my older daughter the joy of making snow angels. But as th...

13 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sign That Book Contract or Take That Freelance Writing Job

The following article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Subscribe today to get the inspiration and advice you need to succeed as a poet, novelist, journalist or screenwriter. ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: OIVIND HOVLAND In a com...

Slides, Forms, and Novels – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where this morning it actually feels like spring! It’s a nice contrast to the snowy mornings that we had twice this week. I’m hoping that the weather stays nice through the weekend because we have a coupl...

Spark, Parks, and Jeopardy – The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where it is snowing, again. This week was a classic spring week in Maine in which we had both sunshine and snow. We’re still weeks away from seeing green grass like I saw yesterday when I was in Greenwich, Conn...

Padlet, QR Codes, and Body Odor – The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where the sun is setting on a productive day. Today, I was able to pack up the tools that I’ve been using to convert old barn space into my office space. Some of you have been following this project since I sta...

Math, Newspapers, Animations – March in Review

March has come and gone. Today was a nice Sunday to play outside with my older daughter. In walking the back edge of our property we found the interesting cluster of trees seen in the picture. I hope that you had a nice Sunday and nice star...

Food, Timers, and Search – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine from where the wind is howling and the sun has not yet risen. Why am I up so early on a weekend? Because I have two little kids and this is the quietest time of the day. It’s perfect for drinking coffee and wri...

58 Gems of Writing Advice and Inspiration from Self-Published e-Book Authors

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 5th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest. For an extended interview with grand-prize wi...

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