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100 Common Publishing Terms

Here’s a list of 100 common publishing terms and their definitions, including the meanings of ARC, high concept, simultaneous submissions, and so much more. While we try to explain them as we go, we often drop common publishing terms on t...

The Dos and Don’ts of Making School Visits: A Writer’s Survival Guide

Making school visits is a great way for children’s authors to connect with their audience and make some extra sales. Alex Woolf shares some dos and don’ts of making school visits that he’s learned over the years that will make the exp...

The Life of a Student Works Operator

As students, no matter what program we are studying in university, we’re always wondering what more we could be doing to ensure a bright future for ourselves. Should I join that club? Will that specialty help me get into graduate school? ...

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What to do about Chopin?

In my composers story. I mention Chopin a few times and right from the first mention he has dizziness issues. At first it was just getting dizzy after physical exertion. But now it has progressed to frequent falls even when taking it easy. ...

Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers

In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction. “It can be lonely. … And there have been times when...

Making Magic: Mastering the Art of Magical Realism

Magic realism is a literary genre grounded in reality and imbued with mystical elements. Conjure the extraordinary on the page with these techniques. Ever since I started writing as a kid, unusual things have happened in my well-grounded ...

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,...

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Constructing Frame Narratives

I am currently working on a first-ever short story collection comprising 13 (possibly up to 18 short stories including four that have been previously published and the rest are original. The publishing credits were from old anthologies (201...

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 ...

Immersive Nonfiction & Idea Generation with The Fifth RiskAuthor Michael Lewis

Author Michael Lewis of The Big Short, Moneyball and his latest, The Fifth Risk, lays out his formula for immersive nonfiction in this extended Writer’s Digest interview. Whether by luck or an innate synchronicity, Michael Lewis often...

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