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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...

Announcing the Winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For an interview with the Grand Prize winner, see the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest. See which WD competitions are currently accept...

5 Things You Should Know about Living Off Campus

September 9, 2019, by Alina 5 Things You Should Know about Living Off Campus Living off campus can either be exciting or petrifying depending on how much your loved your first year campus accommodation and the people in it! Regardless of yo...

30 Gifts for Writers: The 2018 Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide

From books, headphones, bookends, novelties and games to services, subscriptions and videos, this guide offers a compendium of creative experiences, learning tools and gifts for writers of every genre and persuasion. With help from the rest...

Cross-Pollination: The Future Is Genre-Blending

The future is genre-blending, and it’s in full bloom. Here’s why your next novel shouldn’t fit neatly into any one pot. Imagine, for a moment, that you’re standing on top of a grassy hill. Spread out before you is a vast meadow of w...

Using Kids and Parents as Beta Readers for Children’s Fiction

Debut author Marie Unanue, whose book and message are about being “kind all the time,” has a unique writing process story: After writing two very different manuscripts, Marie Unanue sent them out to kids and their parents, who acted as ...

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What is your biggest writing “sin” or writing fear?

If marketing is indeed is more important by all means sending free books to people to spread word of mouth is important. You need the reviews so give free kindle samples to someone with a novel in your genre, if Amazon allows you to promote...

How to Sell an Essay or Article: 21 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that’s short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note. This article is excerpted from Susan S...

Is Social Media Changing How We Write?

by Anne Leigh Parrish We’ve all heard it said that readers have increasingly short attention spans. Spending time with a print medium isn’t as engaging as watching things move or interacting with content on a screen. Does this mean that...

3 Amazon Secrets Every Author Needs to Know

Rob Eagar offers up three essential Amazon secrets and hacks for authors, including how to change the marketing text for your book, getting email subscribers through Kindle Direct Publishing, and identifying your target audience. Amazon has...

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