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There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

Get on the cutting edge of today’s publishing trends and how authors can succeed in a world of fast-paced technological change, guided by the editors of Writer’s Digest. You’ll get an inside look at the work, play, and passion of the publishing business and find practical tools for success.


10 Fabulous Articles for Writers & Other Cool Stuff This Week

As usual, I want to bring you up-to-date on the latest and greatest stuff at Writer’s Digest, as well as other free tools and resources I love! The BrainstormerHave you seen this ultra-cool prompt wheel? It’s free to use online, and also available as a $1.99 iPhone app. (I hope to interview the creator...

It's Never Too Late to Start Writing

Today’s guest post is by Tim Glore. During his senior year in high school, he took on his first writing assignments as a reporter for his high school newspaper, “The Liberator.” Tim realized he loved writing when he couldn’t wait for the next journalism class. He wanted to become a writer. But, with five...

My Cheatin' Heart

Today’s guest post is from the incredible Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or click here to read more of her guest posts. The painting above is “Velma and the Diamond Ring” by Francis X Pavy. His work reflects Darrelyn’s hometown in Acadiana. Writing a book takes time. I spend hours and hours a...

Writers' Lives Change When Abundance Is the Problem in Publishing

Kevin Smokler recently commented, “The day Clay Shirky does not say something fascinating is the day we all pack it in.” I discovered Shirky last year when his article on newspaper declines spread like wildfire. Go read his blog post, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.” Since then, I’ve read his book, Here Comes Everybody:...

The Most Important Marketing Acronym: WIIFM

How often are you asked a favor? How do you decide whether or not to extend the favor? You probably decide based on: The relationship you share with this person (or organization) WIIFM, or: What’s In It For Me? When it comes to marketing yourself or your work—or building your career—you have to assume...

Best Articles Writers Should Have Read (1st Half of 2010)

I love uncovering great online articles and bloggers. Even better, I love sharing them. This week, I’ve scoured my Google Reader to find the best of the best stuff I shared in the first half of 2010. Here’s a list of what I think every writer ought to have read. Flip the Stick by...

How Travel Renews Your Writing Life

“I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.” —Peter the Great (pictured above is Peter’s summer home near St. Petersburg, or Peterhof Grand Palace) I just returned from a week’s vacation, cruising the waterways around Scandinavia and Russia. (Click here to browse all photos.) If you’ve been hanging...

Success Is Defined Differently By Everyone … But …

Today I have a guest post over at Writer Unboxed that attempts to explain how I can tell if a writer is going to be “successful.” Of course, success can be defined in many different ways, but in this case, I’m primarily talking about success as earning a living from your writing or having...

The 3 Best Takeaways for Writers From BookExpo America

I spent this week in New York at BookExpo America, the book publishing industry’s annual trade show. This year the show moved to midweek, and was two days instead of three—reflecting the struggles of the industry. I focused on attending educational sessions, hearing the best and the brightest talk about the challenges we all...

Authors: Build Your E-mail List—NOW

Since April, I hear the drums getting louder and louder: E-mail lists are the strongest tool in your marketing and promotion arsenal. I’ve heard it from large publishers, from small publishers, from authors. Here are three examples: Small publisherSophia Institute Press has a small and focused e-mail list of people who have purchased their...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/21/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. BEA & Vacation Notice: I’ll be at BEA this week, then leaving for a week’s vacation. Best Tweets returns on June 11. Want to know about the...

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How I Got My Agent: Tom McAllister

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

What is Co-Publishing?

Q: I’ve been to a few writing conferences and have heard several authors say they “co-published” their books. What does co-published mean? –Charles M. A: A co-publishing agreement is one where the author and the publisher share publication costs to get the book in print. This is more common in poetry and experimental fiction...

Not-To-Be-Missed This Week

Wonderful things this week! Read on! Free webinars Today! Free Q&A with Writer’s Digest editors at 1p EST. Come and ask any question related to writing, publishing, agents, queries, marketing, self-promotion, platform building, social media, blogging, Twitter, Facebook … you get the idea. For more advanced authors, try this free webinar also at 1p...

101 Best Websites for Writers (My Favorites)

The May/June 2010 issue of Writer’s Digest features our very popular annual feature, 101 Best Websites for Writers. (I compiled the 5th annual list in 2003!) Every site on the list is worth your attention, but here I’ll offer up a special curation. Best Continuing Education Site for Both the Unpublished & Published AuthorA...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/14/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Want to know about the best stuff I read each week? Click here to subscribe to my shared items. Quick plug for these upcoming Writer’s Digest webinars:...

Nothing Can Take the Place of Persistence (True?)

I ran across this quote today and realized it’s a topic I blog about often: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of...

The Curse of Knowledge & Complexity of Publishing

I just came back from the annual F+W Media innovation summit, where as a company we were discussing the challenges of the publishing business—a mature business—that is entering a period of creative destruction. We had a guest speaker, William Welter (go check out the book here, releases this June), who offered up a fascinating...

Should You Create a Facebook Fan Page? (And If So, When?)

At conferences, not long after I propose that writers use Facebook for platform building (here’s why), I’m asked whether writers should use their personal page or create a fan page. First, there is no one right way to do this. But most people have privacy concerns (try to ease your mind by reading this,...

What Should Fiction Writers Blog About?

I often receive the following question at conferences and via e-mail and blog comments: It seems easier for nonfiction writers to offer free content through their blogs (e.g. how-to tips). Could you share tips on how fiction writers can make that work? There are many ways to approach this, which ought to be guided...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/7/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Want to know about the best stuff I read each week? Click here to subscribe to my shared items. Quick plug for these upcoming Writer’s Digest webinars:...

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What If Multiple Agents Want Your Work?

OK. So you’ve sent out your e-mails, had a few responses, and now it’s down to two or more agents who’ve made you offers. You’ve politely but firmly told them that you have to speak with everyone before making a decision. Now what? E-mail them, say there are several agents interested, and that you’d...

The Artistic Unconscious (Never Avert Your Eyes)

Today’s guest post is from the always authentic Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read more of her guest posts here. Above: “Queen of Heaven”, oil on canvas, by Wayne Ditch. The first day on a quest to collect narratives from my mother, I realized how fundamentally unprepared I was for the job....

Managing Multiple Identities Online (Avoid)

Inevitably, at some point during author platform discussions, two questions get asked: What if I want to write under a pen name, or two (or more) different names? Do I need to maintain multiple identities? What if I have different areas of interest that have no connection to each other? Should I have separate...