Thursday, 8 February 2018

Writer's Digest shop

Here are the latest Writer' Digest shop offers including a webinar, the annual conference and writing books:

Learn tips and tricks from Jane Friedman

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This two-hour intensive live webinar focuses on the simplest, most robust, and FREE tools to get a site up and running in a day or less-often in one evening! While several different site-building options will be discussed, this session offers a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a site using WordPress-a best-in-class system that underpins 1 of every 6 websites on the Internet.

What you'll learn
Absolute must-have elements for every author site, even if you're unpublished
How to get started with WordPress, either at or on your own domain
How to integrate social media sharing tools onto your site
An easy-to-understand explanation of domains and hosting (but you don't need to own a domain or have hosting to get started!)

Who should attend
Writers who have tried to use WordPress but need a tutorial
Writers who want to learn how to use WordPress to build a new website
Writers who want to transition from a blog-only site, such as Blogspot or Tumblr, to a full-featured site on WordPress

Thursday, February 8, 2018
1:00 p.m. EST

Instructor: Jane Friedman
has been building websites using WordPress since 2006, and is the sole designer and developer of her own website at Her website enjoys more than 100,000 visits every month and has won multiple awards as a best website for writers.

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Ready to break some rules?



Reimagine your approach to story with the help of a master storyteller.

When you focus on what lies at the heart of story—tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery—rather than relying on plot templates and formulas, this workshop will help you break out of the box and write fiction that resonates with your readers. This day-long workshop is filled with practical insights, dozens of ways to fix plot flaws, time-tested writing secrets and easy-to-implement ideas.

This exclusive pre-conference event kicks off the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference weekend, where more than 1,000 writers will gather in New York City—August 10–12—to learn, network and make strides toward publication.

If you’re serious about your writing career, Story Trumps Structure will cover the things working writers need to know to tighten their manuscript and keep readers turning pages: the essence of the story, writing yourself out of corners, the secrets to organic writing, and the plot twists your readers won’t see coming.

Register for Steven James' Thursday session
as a stand-alone ticket, or add it onto your conference registration for just $149. The important thing is simply that you register; Story Trumps Structure will sell out.

Join us in New York City this August.

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Write the perfect opening to your story

Writer's Digest University


As many writers know, agents and editors won't give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven't got them hooked by then, it's a safe bet you won't be asked for more material. Make sure you've got the kind of opening they're looking for! In this invaluable event, you'll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You'll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them. The best part is that you'll be working directly with an agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work.

Here's how it works:
On Thursday morning, February 15, you will gain online access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by agent and editor Paula Munier. It will help you clarify what you should be looking for in your work. You will also be notified by email which agent you'll be working with on the start date, 2/15, by 5 pm ET. While we accept agent requests, we cannot guarantee that you'll be assigned to that agent. All agents have the ability to provide feedback in all genres.

Students may take Thursday and Friday to revise their pages, which are due to be sent to their assigned agent no later than 10:00 am (ET) on Saturday morning, February 17th. (The word count of submissions is strictly limited to 2500 words and it should be submitted in the body of their email, not as attachments). Participating agents from Talcott Notch Literary include Paula Munier, Gina Panettieri, and Saba Sulaiman. (All times noted are Eastern Time).

All pages with notes will be returned to participants by 10:00 AM (ET) Sunday morning (February 18). You'll work to revise your pages based on the agent's specific feedback.

On Sunday, February 18th from 1 pm - 4 pm ET, Paula, Gina, and Saba will host an online discussion board. This is your golden opportunity to ask your burning questions about craft and improving your writing, as well as industry topics like trends, markets, working with agents and more. Keep in mind, this is a lively, fast-paced learning environment which will give you an immense opportunity to learn not only from your faculty but from the other participants' questions, so please pose questions which won't require your instructor to stop the discussion to reread your boot camp submission in the middle of the Q&A, but otherwise, consider the faculty your treasure trove of industry secrets at your disposal!

By 11:59 PM (ET) Sunday night on February 18, you'll return your final revised pages to your assigned agent for review. Agents will spend the next week reading the revised submissions assigned to them and will provide a final brief one-or-two sentence critique of your progress no later than February 26. Any one of them may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.

*All attendees should have the first 10 pages of their novel finished and ready to submit to the agent prior to the beginning of the event.

In addition to feedback from Paula, Gina, or Saba, attendees will have access to "An Agent's Tips on Story Structures that Sell," an on-demand webinar by Andrea Hurst.

Reserve your seat today!

Thursday, Febrauary 15 - 18


About the Agents:

Paula Munier
Senior Literary Agent & Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, Paula has broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside . Although she represents all kinds of projects, right now she's looking for crime fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, high-concept SF/fantasy, romance, New Adult, YA, and middle grade fiction, as well as nonfiction in the areas of business, pop culture, health & wellness, cooking, self-help, pop psych, New Age, inspirational, technology, science, and writing.

Gina Panettieri
is President of Talcott Notch Literary Services, and has worked as an agent for 25 years. She currently represents a full range of adult and children's fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis in fiction on YA, MG, mystery, women's fiction, historical fiction, and book club fiction. She currently represents an eclectic range of writers, encompassing everyone from a former head of Security and Intelligence for NATO Europe, to CEOs of major corporations and Deans of major medical schools, to stay-at-home writer moms and amazingly talented teens.

Saba Sulaiman
is looking primarily to build her Middle Grade and Young Adult lists, and is particularly interested in contemporary realistic stories. Memoirs and humor are of interest to her as well. She's also actively seeking category romance (all sub-genres except paranormal), literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, tightly plotted, character-driven psychological thrillers, and cozy mysteries à la Agatha Christie. Saba is taking a limited number of students for this boot camp.


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Win cash, prizes and a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference.

Writer's Digest Competitions


If national prestige, $5,000 in cash, coverage of your win in Writer's Digest and these great prizes are what you're looking for, enter the Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition. For more than 80 years, talented writers of all genres have been celebrated in this renowned competition. And this year, the spotlight could be on YOU.

Submit your best work in up to 9 categories, including Memoir/Personal Essay, Rhyming Poetry, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) and more!

If you're ready to watch your writing career soar, enter your best work in Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition today!


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Correct Those Unexpected Mistakes

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Before you submit your manuscript to an agent, editor, or competition, get professional feedback from 2nd Draft Critique Services. These critique services give a high-level review of your writing, pointing out reasons your work may be getting rejected, or may not meet the standards of traditional publication. You'll not only learn what's working in your writing, but what's not, and-most important-how to fix it.

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After reading your submission, a professional critique editor will provide you with specific, detailed feedback and recommendations. They will comment on your story's plot, characterization, dialogue, setting, and story arc.

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You'll love this Plot Critique Service if you're looking for a professional critique of your plot. Learn your plots strengths and weaknesses while gaining a clear idea of how to revise your plot to ensure the most compelling story business.

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If you have at least 50 consecutive pages of your manuscript written and are looking for not only professional feedback but also a two-page synopsis for your manuscript, this critique service is perfect for you.

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You'll love this manuscript critique service if you want to get an overall evaluation on your manuscript's stregths and weaknesses along with a clear idea of how to revise your

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If you have completed your manuscript you can submit a 2-page synopsis for critique. 2ndDraft Critique Service provides a high-level review of your work, pointing out reasons that an agent or publisher may not be interested after reading your synopsis.

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Gain professional feedback on what works and what doesn't in your personal essay. Submit your essay to 2nd Draft Critique Services and they will point out specific ways you can improve your peice, as well as reasons your work may be getting rejected.

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Submit your completed picture book and you will get the specific, tailored advice you need to make your picture book publishing dreams reality.

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Our 2nd Draft Critique editors will evaluate your one-page query letter and provide the advice and feedback you need to improve your query letter.

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Free shipping on Write Smart, Write Happy

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The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer’s confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. With this book you will learn to stay organized in a way that continues to fuel your creativity. Order your copy today and receive free U.S shipping!

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