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Discover what you need to know about business and legal matters. You’ll find tips for working with agents and editors, learn the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book, and much more.

How to See Your Work Through an Agent or Publisher’s Eyes

Query letter writing is no doubt one of the hardest forms of writing to master. Here’s what agents and publishers need to see from you when you pitch your work. Read more

How to Sell Your Manuscript Without an Agent

First-time author Diane Kelly offers 4 strategies to connect with editors and sell your manuscript—without an agent. Read more

Do You Need a Publisher Anymore? Hachette and J.A. Konrath Duke It Out

In his obituary to the year-long Domino Project, Seth Godin wrote that publishing companies and other traditional players that do not adapt to new modes of doing business will go extinct. Others have suggested the same.

Meanwhile, some authors like J.A. Konrath and David Gaughran have eschewed traditional relationships with publishers to create and distribute their work on their own. In the aftermath to the Book Country self-publishing tool launch from Penguin, some outspoken critics took the announcement as an opportunity to question publishers’ relevance.

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Writer’s Workout Exclusive

Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career. Read an Excerpt! Learn how to cultivate clarity, inventory ideas, write richly, and serve up words. About … Read more

Writer’s Workout Excerpt

Excerpt from The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz CULTIVATE CLARITY When you write something needlessly prolix and convoluted, there’s a reason for it, and that reason is usually a lack of clarity … Read more

Writer’s Workout

The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques from Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-179-0 ISBN-10: 1-59963-179-2 $19.99 paperback, 384 pages Buy the Book! Read … Read more

Get the Inside Track to Agents

Learn more about what Hot List agents Rachelle Gardner, Chris Richman, Suzie Townsend and Ted Weinstein are seeking by reading these in-depth Q&As.
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Author Q&A: Dinty W. Moore

Author Dinty W. Moore discusses not taking shortcuts, perseverance and why you need to love writing to be a writer.
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Publishing 101: What You Need to Know

Here’s your step-by-step guide to the publishing process–how it works, why you need to know and how you can play an influential role in your book’s success.

by Jerry D. Simmons
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The Anatomy of a Writer’s Website

Whether you build it yourself or hire a designer, your website can do more than bring you into the 21st century—it can be an invaluable part of your marketing arsenal.

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The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

by Bonnie Trenga Read more

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Back Up Your Work for Free

Just because a natural disaster or computer virus wipes out your hard drive doesn’t mean you have to lose all your work. 

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The Age of Embellishment

If it feels like you’re writing in murky waters these days, well, you are. Lying, plagiarism and other misdeeds have always been part of publishing, but in the digital age it’s more prevalent—and more easily caught—than ever. Read more

Confessions of a Know-It-All

Omniscient point of view can lend richness and flexibility to your story—but only if you use it with a disciplined and purposeful hand. Read more

What You Can Do About Aggregators

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E-Zine Promotion 101

Your e-zine is hot off the cyber-presses, your methods of distribution are ready to roll, now you only need one thing: business. And that means PR. Read more

Six Ways to Improve Your Chances of Getting an Agent

Here are six tips from literary agent Lori Perkins, on how you can better prepare yourself to succeed in the business. Read more

Face Time

Thanks to e-mail, you never need to make eye contact with editors you write for. But maybe you should. The payoff is more than you might imagine. Read more

The 2005 WD Guide to Writing Software

Looking to streamline your writing process? We’ve rounded up the latest and greatest software programs designed to help, and never hinder, your writing. Read more

Getting the Coin: Dealing with Slow-Paying Clients

Choosing a good publication from a potentially delinquent one is key when it comes to receiving payment for your work. Read more

Do You Need Liability Insurance?

Find out if you need individual liability insurance, and learn how to protect yourself from libel or invasion of privacy claims. Read more

The Core of a Good Editor-Writer Relationship

Michael Korda is both editor and writer — Another Life is his latest memoir. Speaking with interviewer Marsha Marks, he provides perspective from both sides of the editor’s desk. Read more

Knowing Your Copyrights

You may not be a copyright expert…but that’s OK. This guide will help you understand the basics to protect yourself. Read more

Publishing Your Passion

Do you have a burning desire to publish your own magazine? Ignite that passion and distribute it for all to see. Read more

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