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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 ...

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...

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Year Of University

When I was getting ready for my first year of university, I was extremely excited but also very unsure of what to expect. I didn’t have any older friends who could show me the way or give me tips, advice, or precautions to take as I enter...

Taming the Synopsis: 4 Steps for Perfecting One-Page and Long-Form Synopses

The prospect of condensing a novel into a synopsis can intimidate even the most seasoned writers. But when approached one step at a time, this fearsome beast can become a trusted companion on your publishing journey. Ammi-Joan Paquette expl...

Putting the Heart in Science Fiction: An Analysis of the Screenplay ‘Her’

Often, the science fiction genre is high on concept but low on heart. More cerebral than emotional. However, there’s a new wave of sci-fi that prioritizes the heart over the head. Steve Rose writes that movies such as The Arrival and Inte...

5 Things Author Websites Need to Find More Success

When it comes to finding success as a writer, there are few elements more important than a website. This post shares the five things author websites need to find more success. Sure, authors can get more advanced, but checking every box on t...

Shelf Savvy: How Book Categorization Helps Maximize Sales

Book categorization is key to finding readers and maximizing sales. Here’s what you should know. If you’re an author—aspiring or published, traditional or indie—you have a lot to think about: the quality of your work, your relations...

Paperback Writer: 10 Writing Lessons from Vintage Paperback Books

The advice to read widely is sound, but are you broadening your horizons enough? Forgotten paperback books from decades past can offer essential writing lessons as capably as any new hardback. Here’s an awkward confession from a writer tr...

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 ...

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...

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