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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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More Bang for Your Buck

Some of the keys to building a successful writing career cost money—a novelty most writers can’t afford to waste. Here’s how to invest in your career wisely. Read more

Many (Sort of) Happy Returns

Getting back that SASE often means rejection, but at least you know the editor got your query. What happens when you query abroad? Read more

7 Secrets to Writing With Your Best Friend

How do you go from best friend to co-author without scarificing the friendship? Respect, honesty and a sense of humor. Read more

Copyright Law 101

Many writers worry their work isn’t protected unless they use a copyright symbol or file with the Copyright Office. Learn when and how your work is protected, and exactly what that means. Read more

What Do Editors Want?

It’s one of the biggest writing questions of all: What do editors want? Jeff Mock, former editor of the Gettysburg Review and author of You Can Write Poetry, has the answer. Read more

Ask the Editor—Frequently Asked Questions: Self-Publishing

Wondering if it’s time to self-publish? Get the facts first and make a decision that’s right for you. Read more

The Healthy Writer

If you’re a self-employed writer, finding health-care coverage can be daunting. Look to these organizations to help you get covered. Read more

Do Men Read?

Here’s a look at the curious reading (and book-buying) habits of guys. Read more

Free Money

Yeah, you heard us. There are grants out there for writers of all stripes, if you know where to look. Now you do. Read more

5 Keys to Landing an Agent

What goes into a winning query and how does one go about finding representation? Read more

Waiting for DOLLAR$

Some leading writers organizations recommend against it, but many magazines don’t pay writers until their work is published. Is it worth the risk? Editors and writers weigh in. Read more

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Understanding fair use is crucial for writers who glean material from outside sources. Learn when and how to attribute facts, opinions and paraphrases. Read more

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