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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.


AuthorSolutions Is Not Evil: 3 Things I Learned

Yesterday I visited the home office of AuthorSolutions in Bloomington, Ind.—a fairly quick drive from Writer’s Digest home offices in Cincinnati. For those who don’t know, AuthorSolutions dominates the publishing service market … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/5/10)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Sharlene Martin and “You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again”

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This new series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.

The 28th installment in this series is with agent Sharlene Martin (Martin Literary Management) and her author, Suzanne Hansen, for the book, You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again: The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny. Read more

A Sanctuary of Self-Acceptance

Today’s guest post is by the always remarkable Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or dig around for more of her excellent tales. When I met author Neil White at the 2009 … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 2/26/10)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers – New Follows

Earlier this month, I asked for your suggestions on new people to follow on Twitter for great writing advice. I received more than 50 recommendations—thank you so much! I’ve chosen four to … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 2/19/10)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

Social Media Is Not a Waste of Time

Today I have a guest post over at Writer Unboxed that debunks the myth that fiction writers don’t need to worry about developing a platform. I was inspired to offer this advice … Read more

5 Superb Tips from San Francisco Writers Conference

Pictured above: Patricia V. Davis and myself in San Francisco, outside of Fog City Diner – I took my first trip to San Francisco to speak and attend the San Francisco Writers … Read more

Learn How to Properly Format an E-Book (free class!)

Speaking of publishing yourself digitally for free, anyone who’s interested in the new instant publishing models—getting your work onto Kindle, Sony, Nook, etc—should NOT miss the next free webinar from Digital Book … Read more

Writers: Don't Heed Samuel Johnson's Advice

Today I read the latest post at Don’t Publish Me: “If You’re In It For the Money.” (Go follow Jenn on Twitter.) It made me realize that many people out there still … Read more

What Can You Accomplish in 30 Days? (Free Worksheets!)

Over the past year, Kelly has been picking books from the Writer’s Digest list that she finds most helpful. Here’s her very last installment for us! Kelly’s thoughts on Book in a … Read more

Your Writing Career May Depend on Someone You Never Meet

Yesterday I read and Tweeted about an article at Publishing Perspectives, “Career Reinvention for Publishing Professionals” by Andrew Malkin. To me it was both useful and sadly prescient; it made me recall … Read more

Are Fee-Charging Agents Legit?

Q: Recently I queried an agent and, in her response, she told me she charged a fee for reading manuscripts. I had never heard of this before, so I’m hesitant to move … Read more

Rejection: It's What You Do Next That Counts

I have a dear friend, Dave, who has devoted his life to writing. He’s made every sacrifice imaginable, sacrifices that other people won’t or can’t make. This year, he has been submitting … Read more

Help Me Choose New Tweeps to Follow

This spring will mark the one-year anniversary for Best Tweets for Writers. From the start, I have used a combination of serendipity and RSS feeds/searches (viewed in Google Reader) to curate each … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 2/5/10)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

Winners Announced: "Dear Lucky Agent" – Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

A huge thank you to all 150 or so people who entered in my first “Dear Lucky Agent” contest. Agent Katharine Sands of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency looked through all … Read more

A Wordsmith Among Kingfish

Today’s guest post is by the lovely Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read one of her most popular posts on the memoir she’s writing with Deirdre Gogarty. Pictured above: Rick … Read more

Agent Advice: Laney Katz Becker of Markson Thoma Literary Agency

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“Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Laney Katz Becker of Markson Thoma Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their … Read more

My Exciting News at Writer's Digest

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been making liberal use of guest bloggers during the new year. That’s because I’m busy cooking up new content at Writer’s Digest, but I’ll soon return to more … Read more

A Plot-Defining Disturbance

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. Each of the Potter books … Read more

Point of View: Stories Are About PEOPLE

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. The number of point of … Read more

Tight Focus: Resist Telling Nonessential Details

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. Each book in the Potter … Read more

There Are More Bad Titles Than Good Ones

The February Glimmer Train bulletin is now available, and I found this delightful gem on titling by Eric Puchner: Still, the fact remains that there are many more bad titles than good … Read more

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