October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting September 25th
- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
- Blogging 101
- Form and Composition
- The Art of Storytelling 101
- Fundamentals of Writing for Children 101: Picture Books
- Writing the Memoir 101
- Build Your Novel Scene by Scene
- Essentials of Technical Writing
- Fitting Writing into Your Life
- Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Essentials of Romance Writing
Workshops Starting October 2nd
- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
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An Interview with Meryl Gordon, Author of The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Death of Heiress, Huguette Clark
Just as the world thought they had seen the last of the great tabloid trials in 2009 when Brooke Astor’s son was found guilty of looting his philanthropist mother’s estate of millions, two years later another equally contentious case made its way into the New York Court System. Read more
Pablo Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” I wasn’t there when he said it, and I have no idea what he meant. He may have been in a bad mood. But I’ve always thought the statement sounded pretty cool. It makes the creative artist seem powerful and iconoclastic, smashing with the hammer of artistic vision the statues of conformity. As writers, we do have that power, if we’re willing to use it. Read more
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Write and Sell New Adult” — Literary agent Gordon Warnock will help you understand New Adult fully from all aspects of the business, whether you need to know the rules of the category, how to pitch it to agents, or how authors are hitting the bestselling lists with modern marketing techniques. Plus, as a bonus, Warnock will critique 1,000 words of your manuscript! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, September 18, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes. Read more
BY JOHN MAUK While the list of persuasive elements is long, here are three small but crucial moves, things that narrators do when they most successfully convince us. Read more
If you’re a writer and looking to support a good cause that’s focused on giving others (namely teens) the opportunity to learn and become better writers, you’ll want to check out WriteGirl’s Get Inspired Fundraiser. Here are more details. Read more
In this live two-hour intensive webinar — titled “Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less” — you’ll learn the simplest, most robust, and FREE tools to get a site up and running in a day or less—often in one evening! You don’t have to know any code, understand any technical jargon, or have previous experience with websites or blogs. You also don’t need to own your own domain or have hosting, although advice will be given on those issues. Click for more details and to register. Read more
I have long puzzled about the most effective place to write. If you too are in a quandary, or lament you have no writing spot to call your own, maybe this piece will help you enlarge your perceptions about your own physical and mental writing places, spaces, and times. Read more
Thinking about self-publishing? Want to be a better, savvier writer? Check out the latest from Writer’s Digest!
Are you interested in self-publishing, but are looking for a service that offers a bit of education in addition to cover design and text layout? If so, consider giving Blue Ash Publishing a look. Read more
Recently a friend challenged me to, without thinking too hard, make a list of 10 books that have stayed with me in some way after reading them. Here’s my list. What’s on yours? Read more
BY ADRIENNE CREZO Bestselling YA author Ransom Riggs talks about breaking rules, seeking balance, and telling stories through photography, film and text.
Calling all self-published / independent book & e-book authors: Tell us about the promotional strategies that worked for you, and you and your book(s) could get even more visibility in the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine.
We’re looking for the inside stories from indie authors who’ve developed successful strategies for marketing their own books. If you credit your self-made promotional strategy for your book’s popularity, profitability or sales, we’d love to hear the details of what you did, how you did it, and what you’ve learned. Your insights—alongside your bio and information about your book—could appear in the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine. Read more
BY ELIZABETH SIMS How do the most successful authors of our time construct their stories? The Hero’s Adventure. So what is the Hero’s Adventure? You know it already, and you may even have elements of it in the story you’re working on. But I suspect you haven’t yet methodically and thoroughly appropriated it for yourself. Here’s what you need to know. Read more
Interested in improving your writing skills? Your blogging skills? Want to become a copywriter master to make a good living on the side (to support your creative writing)? It’s time you checked out Writer’s Digest University slate of online courses, designed to help you improve your technique and reach your writing goals. Here’s a list of upcoming courses. Read more
Q: I’m writing a letter and am uncertain which sentence is correct: Your passion and commitment to my company HAVE inspired many, or, Your passion and commitment to my company HAS inspired … Read more
Conquer the Dreaded Synopsis: Construct Your Ultimate Sales Tool – Aug. 21 Webinar With Agent Nephele Tempest
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Conquer the Dreaded Synopsis: Construct Your Ultimate Sales Tool” — literary agent Nephele Tempest will show you how to tackle the task head on, and to generate the right synopsis for your project—and your audience. Shake off your fear and frustration and master the art of writing the synopsis. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 21, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes. Read more
As writers who receive piles of rejection letters, it only seems fair that, from time to time, we be given an opportunity to return the favor. There are many books I’d love to reject (here’s my #1 choice), if only for the satisfaction of releasing some pent up frustration and envy. Or, perhaps, just to be funny. Thanks to a few witty writers, we have some fake rejection letters that are pretty hilarious. (Plus, your chance to write a rejection.) Read more
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction” — instructor and literary agent Jennifer Laughran will talk about what’s happening in the exciting Middle Grade market, as well as examine some recently published titles to see what they got right. She’ll also talk revision tips and tricks to help you take your work-in-progress to the next level — she’ll also critique either your query letter or the first 500 pages of your MG novel. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 14, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes. Read more
Learn how to tap into raw emotions and real experiences to bring strength and creativity to everything you write. Read more
Miss your mark with your target audience and you won’t be graduating to the pros. Here’s how to ace the key differences between MG and YA. Read more
I had two full manuscripts and one partial out with various interested agents when I got the email. The email that said Stacey read my manuscript and wanted to set up a time to discuss it. I’d been rejected by 14 other agents already, so I wasn’t even sure what that meant. Then I got the call. Thus began a string of very important lessons for my writing career. Here they are. Read more
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Plot and Structure Your Novel: Learn Important Principles, Patterns, and Practical Revision Techniques” — editor Cheryl Klein will guide you through the principles that underlie traditional narrative plotting—a framework on which you can build all sorts of variations. You’ll learn about the three main types of plot and how to braid them for maximum narrative efficiency and elegance. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 7, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes. Click here for more details and to register. Read more
Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent. Read more
WD Has Awesome Writers’ Conferences in both NYC and LA in August 2014. The NYC Event Has a 50-Agent Pitch Slam!
As we do each year, Writer’s Digest is putting on some awesome (and HUGE) writers conferences on both coasts of the country. These conferences bring together writers from all over the country, and lead to all kinds of good things, like signing with agents, meeting your writer friends for life, keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry, and/or simply recharging your writing bat. Read on for more info. We hope to see you there. (The NYC event is from Aug. 1-3, 2014, while the LA event is from Aug 15-17, 2014.) Read more
Here are three guiding stars to navigate the ever-changing Web. Read more
BY ZAC BISSONNETTE Tales spun with lots of suspense—but no sex or violence—are finding a wide audience of armchair detectives. If you’re considering venturing into cozy-mystery writing, here are four things you should know Read more