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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.


Before You Decide to Pursue an MFA: 7 Essential Tips

Today we have a guest post from Writer’s Digest author Tim Lemire (I’m an English Major, Now What). Getting your MFA degree in creative writing sounds alluring, especially with the job market … Read more

News, Events, and Free Info at Writer's Digest

Today I’m taking a little break to let you know about some other stuff happening at Writer’s Digest. Tomorrow I leave for the Pennwriters conference in Pittsburgh and will be Tweeting (@JaneFriedman) … Read more

The One Behavior That Spells Doom for Your Editor/Agent Relationship

A top-shelf journalist, Dan Baum, recently Tweeted about his experience breaking into and then writing for The New Yorker. You can read the full account here. It was fascinating to get an … Read more

What Should You Include in Your Bio for Agents?

Q: I’ve recently finished my first novel and have begun searching for an agent to represent me. Some of the agents ask for a writer’s bio. Could you please tell me exactly … Read more

Leading Indicator of Success: How You Deal With Loss, Failure, Rejection

Many years ago, when I was working as an associate editor for North Light Books (another imprint of F+W Media), I applied for the lead editor position on Writer’s Market. I interviewed … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/8/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet 10 Common Writing … Read more

I Hate Telephones (an Irrational Rant)

Every time I get in a relationship with someone, early on I establish a rule: We will not be having (long) conversations on the phone. I suspect it’s been a deal breaker … Read more

Dear Writer, Please Pay in Full

As publisher of Writer’s Digest, I get the tough, make-you-cringe cases for response. Back in March, we received the following e-mail through our general account. It’s a long message, but important to … Read more

Are You Ready to Be a Bestselling Author? Then Listen to Alec Baldwin

When I’m feeling stressed at work, I love watching this clip from Glengarry Glen Ross, where Blake (played by Alec Baldwin) walks into a real-estate office on a rainy night to give … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/1/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet All you authors … Read more

Warning: You Don't Want to Miss the Best Content of the Year

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of this blog, There Are No Rules. I am still finding the right combination of content and perspective that will help you, so on this anniversary, … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/24/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. From now on, I will run this feature on Fridays only. Just a … Read more

Avoiding Red-Flag Mistakes on Your First Page

Yesterday, I presented a webinar on how you can critically review your manuscript (particularly the first pages) for red flags that lead to a rejection from an editor or agent. My thanks … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/23/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Most valuable Tweet of the day: 100 Creative Writing Blogs (From February, but … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/22/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Note: I partly decided to undertake this Twitter round-up to show writers why … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/21/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet today, leave it in the Comments. Most valuable Tweet of the day: Hilari Bell has posted her tips … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/20/09)

Note on Twitter tools: See this great analysis of Tweetdeck vs. Seesmic. I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet today, leave it in the Comments. … Read more

Writers and the Recession: How Can You Succeed?

I was interviewed by Tad Richards of the New York Careers Examiner. We discuss writing, publishing, recession, and how everything is changing … and how writers need to shift strategy to succeed. … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/17/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. If I missed a great Tweet today, leave it in the … Read more

Tools to Manage Twitter Volume (But They Don't Really #&%@* Work!!)

I am being driven insane by the lack of effective Twitter utilities/software. Here’s what I’ve found so far, and my experience. (A part of me hopes that I’m not using these tools … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/16/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. (We’ll see how long I can last.) If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. Most valuable Tweet of … Read more

279 Days to Overnight Success

One of the Twitter sensations right now is 279 Days to Overnight Success by Chris Guillebeau. In less than a year, he has created a sustainable living for himself through writing/blogging, while … Read more

Why NOT to Get a Creative Writing Degree

I have a BFA in creative writing from the University of Evansville. I took a mix of literature and writing courses, got practical experience as the editor of the Evansville Review and … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/15/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. (We’ll see how long I can last.) If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. Most valuable Tweet of … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (4/14/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. (We’ll see how long I can last.) If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. Most valuable Tweet of … Read more

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