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'Another Way To Fall' by Brian Evenson and Paul Tremblay

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A new book by Evenson and Tremblay. That's all I gotta say. Review by Keith Rawson Some writers write the same book over and over again. They may change a name or two, set the thing in Pittsburg rather than Peoria, add a plot twist here,...Show More Summary

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 1: Interview with Jess Zafarris and Tyler Moss

For the debut episode of The Writer's Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with Writer’s Digest insiders Jess Zafarris and Tyler Moss. The post The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 1: Interview with Jess Zafarris and Tyler Moss appeared first on

Five Marketing Tools for Authors Who Hate Marketing

Disclaimer: Hating marketing is not required to use these tools. In fact, if you enjoy marketing, you’ll have a blast using them. I’m active in several online writing communities, and one of the most frequent things I read about is how much authors hate marketing. It’s usually accompanied by talk about art and creativity, and […]

All the King’s Editors—Kathryn Craft

Kathryn’s post today is part of the “All the King’s Editors” series, in which WU contributors will edit manuscript pages submitted by members of the larger WU community and discuss the proposed changes. This educational format is intended to generate useful comments on what changes work, which may not work as well, and in either […]

Book Marketing Tips: How To Be An Effective Podcast Guest

I don't read many blogs anymore, but I spend hours every week listening to podcasts and audiobooks in order to learn more about craft and business. In these days of social media overload and ever-increasing numbers of books and blogs to read, I'm not the only one choosing audio first. Of course, I have my own […]

The #SavePoetry Campaign, by Aaron Poochigian

Today’s guest post from Aaron Poochigian shares his activity with the #SavePoetry campaign. He says, “People should be encouraged to regard reading and hearing poetry as an aesthetic experience similar to listening to a song.” Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. Show More Summary

Author Victoria Laurie on Writing Realistic Psychics, Penning a Good Mystery and Her Publishing Journey

Victoria Laurie hit the ground running with her debut novel Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, and her career hasn’t slowed down since. She has multiple bestselling titles, and her latest novel, When, has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a TV adaptation. Show More Summary

7 Interesting Romance Fiction Trends from the Past 10 Years

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Looking to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day? We’re diving into the eclectic world of romance novels to uncover some popular and kooky subgenres that just might tug at your heartstrings. Column by Emmanuel Nataf All corners of publishing are affected by market trends. Show More Summary

Writers on Writing: Revitalizing the Batman Franchise with Batman Begins

David Goyer, who co-wrote Batman Begins with director Christopher Nolan, reflects on the creative choices he and Nolan made in bringing the darkest of the DC Comics’ characters to life. The post Writers on Writing: Revitalizing the Batman Franchise with Batman Begins appeared first on

A Beginner’s Guide to Book Trailers: How To Produce a Killer Book Promo Video

A good book promo video can go viral and help your book reach new audiences, but a bad one may do the opposite. Here are some key considerations and steps to successfully produce and distribute a book trailer that sells your book. The post A Beginner’s Guide to Book Trailers: How To Produce a Killer Book Promo Video appeared first on

Nothing Wasted: Interview with Tomi Adeyemi, Author of ‘Children of Blood and Bone’

In our "Breaking In" column in Writer's Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Tomi Adeyemi, San Diego-based author of Children of Blood and Bone—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. ThisShow More Summary

Just in case you think writing humor is easy... (Jerry Seinfeld on writing a joke and on life)

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This New York Times short of Jerry Seinfeld revealing how he wrote a particular routine is revealing: If you thought just because it sounds effortless, it is... well, you'll see! You might also enjoy this compilation of Jerry talking...

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last monthArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here's a line from an article by Christopher Hooton in The Independent, about a trailer for the new "Solo: A Star Wars Story" film: "Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson's characters are seen briefly, along with a younger Lando Calrissian in...

Flog a BookBubber 126: Carolyn Arnold

Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. Email as an attachment. Many of the folks who utilize BookBub are self-published, and because we hear over and over the need for self-published authors to have their work...

When Worlds Collide

Have you ever felt out of place?  I’m sure.  We all have.  Meeting the new in-laws.  An interfaith church service.  Asking the price of a necklace at Tiffany’s.  The ER.  CIA headquarters in Langley.  Strange environments where people are different. One summer day commuting to work on my bike, I stopped at Sander’s Bakery on […]

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 426

For today’s prompt, write a super poem. Fans of sports, advertising, and half-time shows may have recently watched the Super Bowl. Comics and movies fans know all about super heroes AND super villains. Folks familiar with quarter machines surely are acquainted with the super ball (a bouncy little sphere of endless amusement). Show More Summary

Why Writing In a Series Will Make You More Money As A Writer

Writing in a series helps you write faster, satisfy more readers and make more money as an author – whether you write fiction or non-fiction. In this video and article, I'll go into detail on why writing a series will make you more money as a writer.  I'll go through: Why our culture of ‘binge-watching‘ […]

Why I Write Poetry: Hibah Shabkhez

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Now that the craziness of the holidays and the start of the year are over, let’s get back to them. Show More Summary

20 Women in Horror: Recommended Reading

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A selection of recommended books and stories to read in celebration of Women in Horror Month. Column by Annie Neugebauer There are lots of good posts out there supporting Women in Horror Month, many arguing its merits and shortcomings. Show More Summary

Musical Incantation

We at WD are nearly as passionate about music as we are about writing and reading. Our very own Robert Lee Brewer, for example, recently put together a delightful roundup of the 20 best songs for writers. I myself collected 75 classical...Show More Summary

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