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Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

2019 Gifts for Writers and Readers

Writers and readers can be hard to buy for. I know I am! My family has completely given up on giving books to me in favor of giving gift cards to bookstores. But if you’d like to get a little more creative for the writer in your life this...

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November Short Story Contest is OPEN!

Fainting By Numbers (4586 words) The text message said, “I know what you did.” Bailey Finkle was delighted. He hadn’t been planning to do much with his evening: probably a few hours of gaming and a double-feature through Netflix. Some...

Presenting Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2020

Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2020 editor Amy Jones announces what’s included in the 39th annual edition. I visited my local bookstore over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find the 2020 edition of the Novel & Sho...

Score The Job You Want With These LinkedIn Best Practices

Applying for jobs through an online portal is a solemn, solitary slog that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Luckily, LinkedIn has some new data that can help! It doesn’t matter if you’re applying for an internship, part-time work, o...

Janet Evanovich Quotes for Writers About Writing

For the release of her newest Stephanie Plum book, Twisted Twenty-Six, here are 8 Janet Evanovich quotes for writers and about writing from her February 2007 WD interview. Bestselling author Janet Evanovich has been interviewed more than on...

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short story publishing – rights

It depends on the publication. For example, the fantasy e-zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies purchases: First World Serial RightsFirst World Electronic RightsNon-Exclusive World Audio RightsNon-Exclusive World Anthology Reprint Rights In their wo...

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This morning, I’ve woken up with the urge to do something about my writing to take myself to the next level, so I’ve made a profile here. I love writing, always did, and always wanted to write books since before I knew how to wr...

5 Truths About Starting Your Own Self-Publishing Imprint

Book sales and distribution expert Amy Collins shares 5 truths you need to know before starting your own self-publishing imprint. This article was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest as “Clearing ...

Revisiting George Orwell: Why I Write in the 21st Century

Keith Wain revisits the 1946 George Orwell essay “Why I Write” by looking at the relevance of each of the four key points in the digital era. [Editor’s Note: You can revisit the original essay “Why I Write” by George Orwell here.]...

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