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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.


2 Concrete Ways to Keep Your Writing Career Moving Forward

Today’s guest post is by debut author Justin Kramon, author of Finny, which releases today. In its review of Finny, Publishers Weekly calls Kramon a find, so I am very delighted to feature his best advice for aspiring novelists here at There Are No Rules. You can also read this previous post, where I...

A Novel's Setting Can Be Your Marketing & Promotion Linchpin

Christine Lemmon is an example of self-publishing at its best, with nearly 50,000 copies of her books sold. After selling books in her own community of Sanibel Island (off Florida’s coast) and expanding regionally (through her own vigorous promoting and selling to local bookstores, hotels, gift shops and more), she is hoping to continue...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/9/10)

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 this upcoming Writer’s Digest webinar:...

Using Poetry Techniques to Polish Your Fiction

Today’s guest post is by John Smith, a blogger and aspiring writer. Go check out his blog on writing! – A few years ago, I took a creative writing class that involved writing a 40-line poem. After finishing the poem, I went back and reread it. And you know what? It sucked. It felt...

The Secret to Writing & Publishing That Should Be Taped to Your Wall

Many adages of writing and publishing seem like common sense, and perfectly doable: Have a great hook in your query letter Catch the reader’s attention Take out everything that’s boring Learn how to pitch your work Underlying all of these adages, however, is a skill or perspective that’s difficult to learn and apply. You...

How One Writer Developed an iPhone App

For writers looking for a new creativity tool & prompt generator, I highly recommend The Brainstormer, created by Andrew Bosley. The Brainstormer was recently released as an iPhone app, and I was curious about how Andrew worked with the app developer, Joel Davis, to launch it. Here’s what they had to say. So The...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/2/10)

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:...

How Music Can Help Us Write About the Unnamable

The July bulletin from Glimmer Train is now available, which includes an incredible and beautiful piece by writer Justin Kramon, “Musical Inspiration.” Here’s a passage: That summer I parted ways with a woman I loved very much. At the time I thought I’d lost her forever, and it opened up a kind of gaping...

6 Tips on How to Build a Platform and Sell Books

For nonfiction writers, the most significant development of the past decade has been the insistence by the publishers that authors have national platforms. For fiction writers, authors’ platforms matter less. However, it never hurts for a fiction writer to be charismatic, articulate, a vigorous promoter, and media savvy. Children’s book writers and illustrators also...

Google Voice for Writers

This post is part of a series, New Tools for Entrepreneurial Writers, which overviews specific tools ripe with opportunity for creative & entrepreneurial writers. The only limit is your imagination! (If you’re the creator of a new software or online tool & would like it featured, contact me.) – Google has recently opened up...

The Big Catch-22 for Memoir Writers

“You have to choose: Live life, or tell about it.” (Sartre)I’ve long struggled with two conflicting values in life & writing: To be interesting or compelling, you have to be focused outward. (Boring people are such because they can hold no interest in others.) To get any good at writing (a solitary pursuit), it’s...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/25/10)

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:...

What If Everything I Told You Was Wrong?

Today I have a guest post over at Writer Unboxed that, in some ways, de-emphasizes all the advice and information I’ve ever given you. It’s all about having fun, and loosening up. My recent kick on letting go of the guilt, and worrying less about things like grammar, may be related to some of...

Agents Won't Survive Just By Charging a Higher Commission

Last year, I wrote a piece in Writer’s Digest (September 2009) about the future role of agents. I had three key points: Agents need to innovate on contracts to keep themselves, as well as their authors, alive through the transition. Richard Nash has the right thinking in this area. Agents need to partner and...

Summer Writing Events: Meet Me & Get Advice on Your Career

This summer I’m speaking to writers in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and California. I hope to meet you at one of these events. For a full schedule of where I’m speaking through 2011—and to request me to speak for your group—click here. Tomorrow! Evansville, Indiana (June 19), FREE!I’ll be at the Red Bank library in...

Your Excuses About Writing Are Vitally Important!

Writers are often commanded to “stop making excuses” for not writing. You know the drill: Stop saying you don’t have the time.Stop saying, “You’ll get to it when …”Stop wasting your time with less important things.Start the sacrifice.Start the schedule.Find the commitment and discipline to write. I hear this advice so often, I’ve stopped...

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:...