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How to Pitch a Picture Book: Secrets for Breaking Into a Growing but Competitive Market

ILLUSTRATONS © FOTOLIA.COM Want to know how to pitch a picture book? We’ve got you covered. Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent. This article ...

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November 2018 Short Story Contest

Words: 3,026 An Unplanned Exit Chapter IMidnight, Mainstreet was deserted apart from the odd ball of wind driven tumbleweed. The downpour keeping everybody indoors, suppressing the normal high humidity to a more bearable level. The dirt thr...

The Editor Behind the Curtain: Inside the Publishing Process

For first-time authors, the publishing process is often shrouded in mystery. An expert shares an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes—and how to leverage it for future success. Whether you’re currently writing a book, querying ...

Job Hunting: 8 Tools and Resources

So, you’re hunting for that first real job? You know, one that’s actually in your area of interest? I would love to help you! Whether that’s in an office or elsewhere, there are plenty of online tools and resources you can benefit fro...

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“Go Your Own Way”: James Patterson on Supporting Childhood Literacy, Generating Novel Ideas, and Writing with Bill Clinton

After more than four decades in publishing, record-breaking bestseller James Patterson has this to say: You can go your own way. Discover an exclusive extended interview with Patterson below. Chris Sorensen For The Washington Post via Getty...

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a roaring success. Literary agents, veteran and debut authors, editors, publishers and more shared their greatest writing tips on improving your craft, getting published, and building your wr...

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the riches...

Publishing Tips for Indie Authors: How to Get Your Book Into Libraries

Libraries spent more than you might expect on expanding their collection each year. But how can indie authors rise to the top and grab the attention of librarians? Find out here. Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash by Alinka Rutkowska A surve...

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 ...

How and Why to Pitch Agents at Pitching Events

Many writers are paralyzed at the prospect of pitching their stories, but Script’s editor, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, wants to push you past those fears with concrete tips on how to successfully pitch agents at pitching events. Click to t...

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