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Profit Spikes in Short Bursts of Time: Small Projects Writers Should Pursue

Want to see an uptick in your freelance writing income? Author of Writing to Make Money: Short Projects author Loriann Oberlin has a few ideas to get you started. In what we call the gig economy, writers routinely dream of contributing edit...

Haley Shapley: Celebrating Rule Breakers, History Makers, and Unstoppable Athletes

In this author spotlight, Haley Shapley, freelance writer and author of Strong Like Her: A Celebration of Rule Breakers, History Makers, and Unstoppable Athletes, shares her experience of juggling freelancing with book writing, following he...

How to Find Your Agent in < 280 Characters

Author Allison Ashley found her agent using hashtags on Twitter. Here she shares her story and how you can find your agent via Twitter or other unconventional means. How did I get my agent? Twitter. Yeah, you heard me. Twitter. Listen, I’...

Jess Zafarris: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Jess Zafarris, author of Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids from Rockridge Press) are a great way to learn how other authors are finding success. Jess Zafarris Jess Zafarris is the auth...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

Building The Yellow House: An Interview With National Book Award Finalist Sarah M. Broom

The newly drained swampland that became New Orleans East touted a promising future when Sarah M. Broom’s mother bought their family’s shotgun house in 1961. “The Yellow House” became home to the family’s 12 children, as well as th...

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...

When You Outgrow Your Genre: Tips From a Romance-Turned-Literary Novelist

After writing romance novels that sold over half a million copies, Anna Schmidt wanted to break away from genre fiction to write literary fiction. Here’s what she learned from making the switch. The level of success I’ve had as an autho...

The Dos and Don’ts When Meeting Agents at Writing Conferences

Writers often attend conferences for the opportunity to meet face-to-face with literary agents. WD talked with Rita Rosenkranz of the Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency and Lisa Hagan of Lisa Hagan Literary for tips on how writers can get the ...

New Literary Agent Alert: Anne Tibbets of Red Sofa Literary

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Anne Tibbets of Red Sofa Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Anne: Ann...

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