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Evoking Emotion in Fiction: 7 Pragmatic Ways to Make Readers Give a Damn

Evoking emotion on the page begins with the man or woman at the keyboard. Using the classic novel Where the Red Fern Grows, Dustin Grinnell serves up seven straightforward tactics for writing tear-jerking tales that will make your readers ...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 443

For today’s prompt, write a free poem. In the United States, today is known as Independence Day, but free can mean many things. In sales, free can mean free, or it can mean “free if you buy something else.” There’s freedom from addi...

5 Ways an Author Blog Could Kill Your Writing (and What to Do Instead)

Writers: There is a a good chance you don’t need an author blog. Static author websites are great, and you’d be crazy not to have one. But starting an author blog is a different (and often tragic) story. In fact, your author blog might...

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That mixed bittersweet feeling of rewriting your published novel

I just read yesterday that Amazon has been deleting reviews that have been determined to be by family, friends or have been bought. Now there’s some controversy about how Amazon is making the determination. Facebook friends, eve...

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Staying Alive: How to Thrive in the Publishing Industry

[Earn the recognition you deserve. Enter the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.] Staying alive, staying slive, ah, ha, ha, staying alive. Here, Jenny Milchman explains how to not just survive, but thrive in the publishing indust...

Marrying Fiction and Nonfiction in Business Books

In my latest book, Match in the Root Cellar, I tell the story of Carolyn, a newly appointed CEO in charge of dismantling her company’s default culture of complacency and discontent. Many people reading her story might assume she is a fict...

Extended Interview with Emily James, WD’s Self-Published e-Book Awards Winner

A Sticky Inheritance by Emily James is the grand-prize winning entry in the 5th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. It bested more than It bested more than 575 entries to take home a prize package that includes $5,000 an...

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...

7 Cardinal Publishing Rules—And Why You Might Want to Break Them

You’re so lucky to know everything to make your book a success. I wish I knew what you did. When I read the message, I laughed to myself and wondered how to respond. I admit it. I’m not the typical first-time author. As the CEO of libra...

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