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.
First-time author Diane Kelly offers 4 strategies to connect with editors and sell your manuscript—without an agent.
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...
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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.
Author Dinty W. Moore discusses not taking shortcuts, perseverance and why you need to love writing to be a writer.
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
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.
by Linda Formichelli
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....
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.
Just because a natural disaster or computer virus wipes out your hard drive doesn’t mean you have to lose all your work.
by G. Kyle White
Understanding fair use is crucial for writers who glean material from outside sources. Learn when and how to attribute facts, opinions and paraphrases.
Editors and E-Queries
"For me, research was the easy part because you know you're getting results. And so you procrastinate the scary part, which is the actual sitting down and writing the story by convincing yourself that you're being productive by doing more research ... I researched for seven months."
Sometimes, a source's exact words say everything that needs to be said. But not always.
Commercial publishers, subsidy publishers, vanity presses, self-publishing, PODwhat's the difference?
Here are 10 steps to pay attention to when sending your writing into a competition.
As technology improves, so do your publishing options. Here's a guide to what's new, what's available and why it's easier than ever to publish yourself.
A little R with a circle around itand a world of questions attached: Here's what you need to know about using brand names in your stories.
Tips for Investigating Agents
A Sample E-Query
Sources often want to see a writer's work. Perish the thought, most editors will tell you. This writer respectfully disagrees.
Information-packed websites, blogs and free chapters are great promotional tools. But it's possible to give away too much. Here's the lowdown on what to make free.