Review: Fear and flailing in L.A.: A frustrated writer finds redemption in Fitzgerald's ghosts

Review: Fear and flailing in L.A.: A frustrated writer finds redemption in Fitzgerald's ghosts

I try to imagine the shining moment when the human traveler arrives at a long-sought destination. “Yes. I have arrived at Success,” I imagine they think. Do they drink a bottle...

Too-ticky’s Guide to Life: Wisdom on Uncertainty, Presence, and Self-Reliance from Beloved Children’s Book Author Tove Jansson

Too-ticky’s Guide to Life: Wisdom on Uncertainty, Presence, and Self-Reliance from Beloved Children’s Book Author Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson (August 9, 1914–June 27, 2001) is among the most imaginative, important, and influential children’s book creators of all time, an artist and writer of unparalleled...

Fantasy Author Scarlett St. Clair Joins Bloom Books

Fantasy Author Scarlett St. Clair Joins Bloom Books

Bloom Books, Sourcebooks’ new imprint for entrepreneurial women authors, announced that popular dark fantasy author Scarlett St. Clair has signed on with the imprint. The...

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Outline

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Outline

You have an idea for a nonfiction book. Now what? Author Rick Lauber shares how outlining before writing can help you decide what to put on the page—and what to save for...

How Steely Dan Became a Cult Favorite for Millennials

How Steely Dan Became a Cult Favorite for Millennials

To look at American society over the past decade—from its memes, to its cultural criticism, to even its electoral politics—one might surmise the nation is consumed by a bitter...

Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Query

Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Query

The first thing to do in writing a query is to…not write the query yet. Give it some incubation time. Rather than jumping into your query, take your time to force yourself to...

The 7 Rules of Picking Names for Fictional Characters

The 7 Rules of Picking Names for Fictional Characters

No matter what sort of character name you're pursuing, heed common sense and follow these seven tips to make sure you pick the best names possible for your story. No matter...

Does Nonfiction Sell Better Than Fiction For Authors?

Does Nonfiction Sell Better Than Fiction For Authors?

Writing a nonfiction book has many advantages. But does fiction or nonfiction sell better for self-publishing authors? Fiction and particularly romance seems to dominate...

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Shock Without Value

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Shock Without Value

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction...

What to Read When You Don’t Know You’re a Poet

What to Read When You Don’t Know You’re a Poet

What I mean by this is before 2018, I wasn’t a big poetry reader. It’s not that I didn’t like it. I genuinely didn’t know walking into a bookstore and buying a book of poems was...

Writing - A Lonely Profession?

Writing - A Lonely Profession?

Writing - A Lonely Profession? Susan Reichert All writers know we have chosen a lonely profession. However, it is not always lonely. Especially if we participate in all the...

Authors Should Employ This Old-School Marketing Tool!

Authors Should Employ This Old-School Marketing Tool!

Authors Should Employ This Old-School Marketing Tool!   Telemarketing is so 1970s. Direct marketing mailers and catalogs are so 1980s.  Newsletters and infomercials are so...