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.


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Best Tweeps for Writers to Follow 2015

I used to make a Best Tweeps for Writers to Follow list on my Not Bob blog. Assuming we eventually get into Twitter for this month-long platform challenge, I thought I should bring it back. The list is fast, loose and fun. If you think you deserve to be on this list and you’re...

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Join Facebook: Day 5 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

After years of running various challenges, I’ve learned one thing: The weekend is a common place for folks to get distracted and lose track of tasks. If you find yourself in this boat, no problem. Get caught up on Monday. The weekend was focused on blogs and websites. Join Facebook For today’s platform-building task,...

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Call for Submissions: Writer’s Market 2017

Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the Writer’s Market 2017. Sometime in November, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, read on. What I Like So, what do I prefer? The best...

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2015 October Platform Challenge: Guidelines

I’m excited to bring a new challenge to the There Are No Rules blog beginning on October 1, 2015: the 2015 October Platform Challenge! What is the 2015 October Platform Challenge? This challenge will help writers through the process of improving their writing platforms by providing one task to complete for each day of...

The Real Secret to Getting an Agent

By now, I’ve written an introduction to our annual agent-focused issue so many times, I couldn’t tell you the number offhand. And in them all, my editor’s letter has served as a place to acknowledge the daunting task that faces us all when it comes time to prepare submission materials that reflect the heart...

Don’t Dismiss Adverbs!

Below is another guest post from WD author Barbara Baig, whose new book, Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence & Captivating Readers, is designed to help writers master the power of the English language. You’ll learn the different qualities of words and the many way those words can be combined to craft sentences that...

I Have an MFA. What Now? 6 Paths for MFA Graduates

The MFA degree is of the utmost importance—until someone asks you what your plans are after graduation. Don’t know what to do with your MFA? You’re not alone. Here’s some advice to help you decide. Teaching Before you even graduate, you’re most likely going to work in a Writing Center and/or teach undergraduate courses...

Relief for Your Revision Struggles

The September 2015 Writer’s Digest, The Smart Writer’s Guide to Revision, is new on newsstands, and I’ve gotten so many nice notes about my Editor’s Letter that I thought I’d share it here—both as a preview for our latest issue and as a way to commiserate, connect and relate with fellow writers in the...

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2016 Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition

The time has come to update your copies of Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition. This will be my 16th edition with the series, and I’m confident this version is both the latest and the greatest yet. Writer’s Market 2016 Let’s start off by looking at the updated Writer’s Market 2016, which includes...

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8 Blogging Tips for Writers to Find Success

Blogging is an incredibly effective and efficient way for writers to reach their target audience and build writer platforms. In other words, it’s a great method for writers to find engaged readers and more success with their writing. In this post, I’ll share eight simple, but super effective tips (that not all bloggers use)...

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Censorship: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

I tend to be a timid writer. I constantly second-guess myself as I worry about what people will think. I’m afraid that people will completely reject and even hate what I have to say. This rejection happens on a regular basis as many writers find their works challenged or banned, thus feeding my fear....

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“How to Craft Query Letters, Opening Pages, Synopses, and Nonfiction That Get Noticed” — July 13 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp with Kimberley Cameron Literary

When your submission materials arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection. Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories...

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Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success

Here we are: the final part of this eight-part series on better blogging for writers. After running through this series, writers should be able to blog at a higher level than most. Of course, there’s more to learn once you get comfortable with the basics. For today’s installment, we’ll look at how bloggers utilize...

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Develop a Blog Post Promotion Plan

Somehow we’re already seven posts into this eight-part series on better blogging. It’s funny how time flies when you’re posting a series like this. The same thing happens in April and November for my poem challenges. Anyway, we’re going to discuss why it’s important to develop a blog post promotion plan today. Develop a...

The Mastery Path: For Writers Who Want to Be Great

Today we have a guest post from WD author Barbara Baig. Her new book, Spellbinding Sentences, is designed to help writers master the power of the English language. You’ll learn the different qualities of words and the many way those words can be combined to craft sentences that hook readers. Below is a sampling of the...

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Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance

Last week, I discussed the importance of crafting an editorial calendar for your blog. It helps a blogger plan out content in a general way. Today’s post is about planning out posts on a post-by-post basis. Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance Every blog has its own needs and goals. As such, I consider...