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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...

Videos for Learning About the Tour de France and the Science of Bicycling

The Tour de France begins on Saturday. What started out as a promotion to boost the sales of newspapers in France is now one of the biggest sporting events in the world (and a big business). On Tuesday I shared a couple of ideas f...

The WD Interview: Bestseller Jacqueline Woodson on Confronting Controversial Subjects & Writing Across Age Categories

In this exclusive extended interview with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson, the Newbery Honored author talks character building, diversity movements, and the real-world importance of books for kids and...

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GB reader wins the April 2018 contest!

The Twins (1211 words) “I am sorry sir. You will have to buy two or four,” said the store clerk. “Is this some April Fool’s joke?” said the customer. “No, sir.” “Then get me three apples.” “You can only buy them in pairs...

What to Do When You’re a Memoirist and Memory Fails

By Natalie Singer The memories that glimmer strongest in my mind, that pop up repeatedly as though they have an agency of their own, act like cosmic bulges―moments that wink like the star-studded center of a spiral galaxy, like Roland Bar...

7 Query Letter Strategies That Don’t Work (But Many Writers Try)

One of my first real jobs was working for a bank, taking phone calls. I’ll never forget it. Some of the kindest people you know can be downright vicious when they call their bank. Trust me. I’ve been called names that can’t be repeate...

The 10 Real Secrets of Nonfiction Publicity

by Richard Campbell You’ve written a nonfiction book. It’s up for sale on Amazon and hopefully in bookstores everywhere. Now you wonder what to do with it. Maybe it will sell millions of copies on its own merit. Or thousands. Not likely...

5 Tips for Writing a Self-Help Book That’s Better Than Tom Brady’s

[Join us at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, August 10-12, 2018 in New York City!] image from Getty by Malte Mueller As you might have guessed from the title of this article, I’m not exactly a New England Patriot’s fan. It’s ...

New Territory: ‘The Nightingale’ Author Kristin Hannah Discusses Her New Alaska-Set Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] The latest from bestselling The Nightingale author Kristin Hannah transports readers to remote 1970s Alaska. In this inte...

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