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Queen’s Letter 4: More Inspiration to Stay the Eff Home

We have another letter form the Queen! Today Laura shares some tricks and tools for making your social distancing fruitful for your writing projects. She references Amazon books, and I will have a few comments on the Amazon maze after her l...

Psst: Novelists – Steal These Screenwriting Secrets! Part 3 Query Letters

In part 3 of “steal these screenwriting secrets,” we delve into marketing and query letters. In other words, these are screenwriting secrets to steal after you write and specifically related to crafting killer query letters. In my Write...

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...

Short Story Contest Entry: Bedpans and Walther P38s

Today we have another entry received for the Writers Forum 2020 Short Story Contest. Since the contest judges are supposed to be judging the entries without knowing who wrote them, the author’s names will be withheld until after the w...

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How to get published

Poetry is alive and well. Those who don’t read of follow contemporary poetry tend to think it doesn’t exist or has fallen out of fashion. The New Yorker publishes new Poetry every week. Poetry Magazine and The Rattle are all poe...

Mastering High Concept Ideas

If you want to grab the attention of agents and even Hollywood, finding high concept ideas for your books is the way to do it. Jess Zafarris shares the basics and how to hone your pitch in this article from our September 2019 issue. There...

Stop Making Sense: Explaining Some Fiction Rules of Logic

In his fiction column from the January 1990 issue of Writer’s Digest, author Lawrence Block explores the reality behind the saying, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” A couple of years ago, two friends of mine, a man and woman I’d kn...

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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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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