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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.


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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 Best Continuing Education Site for Both the Unpublished & Published AuthorA...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...

Say Goodbye to the Starving Artist Mentality

Last week, Robert Brewer was competing for 2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. (Robert is editor of Writer’s Market, Poet’s Market, and runs the very popular Poem-a-Day challenge in April.) As the final hours of voting ticked by, he and another poet were in a dead heat for the win. It’s one of those...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/30/10)

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:...

Fiction as a Series of Coincidences

In the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, there is a lovely piece by Susann Cokal (pictured above), “On Coincidence and What Was Meant to Be.” Here’s a snippet: Fiction is a series of such coincidences. What would ordinarily happen in between events falls away, so what we are left with is the well-organized form of...

What, Me Market? (Adventures of a First-Time Author)

Today’s guest post comes from celebrated short-story writer Robin Black. I asked her to share how she managed to get an agent and secure a deal for her collection of short stories, which as many of us know, “do not sell” — and then how she approached marketing. This is the second part of...

What, Me Market? (Book Marketing for the Clueless)

Today’s guest post comes from celebrated short-story writer Robin Black. I asked her to share how she managed to get an agent and secure a deal for her collection of short stories, which as many of us know, “do not sell” — and then how she approached marketing. This is the first part of...

Poem nicely

Recently, the temperature has been turned up on this blog–to the point at which some very nice poets are leaving or threatening to leave the blog because they don’t feel comfortable posting their work for fear they’ll be attacked (in words). That is not the kind of blog I run, so for the first...

Why Start a Website or Blog If You Have Nothing to Promote?

I feel like there’s a debate heating up between the group who believes it’s never too early to develop an online presence (that’s me) and the group who believes it’s necessary to focus on the WORK first, and not be distracted by online media—especially when you don’t have a specific message or product to...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/23/10)

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 improving this weekly feature. Quick plug for these upcoming Writer’s Digest webinars: How to Publish Your Poetry Collection by WritersMarket.com editor Robert...

No More Codes!

Our awesome programmer, Todd Spurlock, removed the code module on the commenting part of the site. Hopefully, the blog won’t be attacked by robots now, but this *should* solve the problems with leaving comments. It still runs on the slow side, but it seems to work now. Please let me know if this is...

Why You Should Post Your Work Online

Today I’m the featured blogger over at Writer Unboxed, where I contributed a new post: Stop Being Afraid of Posting Your Work Online*. Too many people are afraid of the very thing that could move their career forward and improve their work. After you read that, you might also be interested in: Make Waves...

Best Resources for Successful Writers of the Future

Today I gave an online class on how writers can succeed in an ever-shifting publishing landscape. To help those students—as well as all of you—I’m providing what I consider the most helpful information sources that offer forward-thinking views for people trying to stay ahead of the curve. These sites should help ensure your successful...