Writer’s Digest July/August 2022 Cover Reveal

Writers will inevitably hit a crossroads where they have to decide how to move forward, either in the drafting of a work-in-progress or in making choices about their career. Or, perhaps their work is at the intersection of two or more genres. This issue aims to help writers work through the tough parts of writing. … Read more

The 6 Stages of Writing a Bestseller

This cartoon previously appeared in the January/February 2022 issue of Writer’s Digest. Learn to add humor to any type of writing with Bob Eckstein, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Mia P. Manansala, and Regina Barreca in this Writer’s Digest University virtual conference. Learn more here. .

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Worrying About Format

Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s OK because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them early in the process. Note: The mistakes in this series aren’t focused on grammar rules, though we offer help in that … Read more

On Not Saying What Your Book Is About

So, title jokes aside, what is the new one about? Everyone always asks. (6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It) There’s a story (I hope it is true) of a poet who read a short poem on air, and the host promptly followed up with: So … Read more

A Conversation With Baron R. Birtcher on Social Media: Bestseller. No Website. No Me. (Killer Writers)

I traverse Oregon along the iconic and beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway in search of waterfalls with my family. South of that is Portland, and just south of that is the Oswego Grill in Wilsonville where former music man and LA Times Bestseller and award-winning author Baron R. Burtcher has an oriental chicken wrap and … Read more

How a Book Distributor Ended Up Selling Her Own Book

I am a book person in every sense of the word. As a child, I never went anywhere without a book. In my teens and through my early 20s, I worked alongside my mother, who was an independent bookseller. I even traveled to book events on my own to open new accounts with publishers and … Read more

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work

Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s OK because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them early in the process. Note: The mistakes in this series aren’t focused on grammar rules, though we offer help in that … Read more

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

One might struggle seeing Instagram as a writing tool. After all, Instagram focuses on the visual while the writer relies on words. But writers are seeing Instagram as yet another method of expanding a career, and yes, that could even mean finding work. (Finding freelance work without social media.) Just like writers have different voices, … Read more

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

When I landed my first agent at the Writer’s Digest Conference, I really wasn’t even ready for one. I hadn’t fully come into myself as a writer, my novel needed multiple massive rewrites before it sold, and I hadn’t the first idea what it meant to go from being a writer to an author. While … Read more

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

As we close in on summer, I’m seeing more and more reports of poets getting out and reading their poetry in person. While this has been going on for a while now, it feels to me like it’s picked up steam to near pre-COVID levels recently. (List of Poetic Forms for Poets.) And so that’s … Read more