Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Writer's Digest newsletters

Here are the latest Writer's Digest newsletters, including information on the upcoming competition and the novel writing conference, for my followers to peruse:

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Writer’s Digest is thankful for our sponsors and exhibitors who will be joining us in New York City for Writer’s Digest Annual Conference—with insights, products, and services that will help you develop a publishing strategy, build a platform, grow an audience, and get paid for your work.

If you’re ready to learn how to build a sustainable writing career, reserve your spot today and save $50 with the promo code WDSPONSOR19.


PublishDrive is a self-publishing platform for indie authors and publishers. We offer a robust solution for distributing ebooks globally and marketing strategically. Services include: distribution to 400+ online stores including all of the major booksellers, thousands of digital libraries, and major reading subscription services; free ebook conversion; marketing tools; royalty splitting for co-authors; and more.


Book Pipeline discovers fiction and nonfiction for film and television adaptation. Since 2014, the company has connected winners with major production companies seeking high-concept stories, promoting their work long-term and, in many cases, assisting in the development of the script prior to industry circulation.


IngramSpark® is an award-winning independent publishing platform that offers the same print and digital products and global distribution services enjoyed by big-time publishers. Once you finish and format your book, IngramSpark makes it possible to share it with the world.


Western Connecticut State University's MFA in Creative and Professional Writing is dedicated to mentoring writers of all genres. As a result, 87% of our graduates go on to publish books and/or work as professional writers. We offer week-long residencies in Danbury, CT and Dublin, Ireland (including events in Oscar Wilde’s historic home and at the Bram Stoker Festival).


She Writes Press and SparkPress are hybrid imprints merging the best of the traditional publishing model, like distribution through IPS, with innovative strategies. She Write Press won 2019 Indie Publisher of the Year, while our authors have won 150+ medals. Our mission is to pioneer the hybrid publishing space!


The Editorial Freelancers Association is the largest national professional organization of freelance editorial specialists. Through the EFA, members can find work, upgrade their skills, and join a supportive community. Clients seeking editorial services may search the Member Directory or post on the Job List for free.


Jill C. Lublin is an internationally renowned speaker on the topics of publicity and networking. As author of four best-selling books Profit of Kindness (Red Wheel Weiser), Get Noticed...Get Referrals, and co-author of the best-sellers Guerrilla Publicity (Adams Media), and Networking Magic (Adams Media), Jill is a master strategist on how to capture the attention of the media and increase your visibility in the marketplace.


Author One Stop, Inc.– We edit and ghostwrite books, write book proposals, and pitch manuscripts to top literary agents and publishers. We’ve helped authors secure 6-figure book deals. Genres: Business, Novels, Mind/Body/Spirit, Self-Help, Memoir, Children’s, YA, and more.


Since 2002, Lulu has been dedicated to making the world a better place, one book at a time, through sustainable practices, innovative products and a commitment to excellent service. Lulu continues to power the knowledge-sharing economy by enabling creators worldwide to publish and print more than 2 million books and counting.


Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. We’ve been teaching creative writing since 1993.


Chanticleer Reviews discovers today's best books with our International Book Awards (CIBAs) for non-fiction and fiction works (+$30,000 in cash and prizes are awarded annually) along with our editorial book reviews that are published in the Chanticleer Reviews magazine. Editorial services and manuscript evaluations by top-tier editors are available.


We're Equinox Books, a new publisher specializing in genre-fiction. If you've got an un-put-downable story and a polished manuscript, head straight to our author portal.
Accepting manuscripts July 31.
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Writer's Digest University


Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and take your writing to new heights with this novel writing workshop meant for novelists who are looking for book editing and specific feedback on their work. When you take this online workshop, you won't have weekly reading assignments or lectures. Instead, you'll get to focus solely on completing your novel.

While it is possible to write a novel in a month, in this workshop you'll spend 15 weeks writing yours—all the while gaining valuable feedback and getting the encouragement you need in order to finish writing your novel. You'll also learn specific tips for outlining and how not to write a novel. One thing is for certain though—by the end of this online workshop, you will have the tools and know-how to write a great novel.

What you'll learn
Write 200 pages of your novel and make the revisions needed to get it ready for publication
Get your work critiqued and receive valuable feedback from your instructor
Have the option to give your classmates feedback on their novels through group critiques
Learn effective tips for writing a novel and how to use them to improve your writing

Who should attend
Novelists who have already written more than 10,000 words and want to receive feedback on up to a total of 50,000 words during the workshop
Advanced students looking for key insights from a published author to help polish their work

"The feedback was excellent and encouraged me to finally finish my book." -LM
"This course was just what I needed to complete my first draft. It helped me to transform my bits and pieces into a finished manuscript. " -SS

July 25 - November 7, 2019


Instructor: Terri Valentine
Terri Valentine has ten romance novels in publication. Sweet Paradise was nominated for Best Romance Adventure by Romantic Times in 1992. Louisiana Caress received a coveted K.I.S.S (Knight in Shining Silver) Award from Romantic Times in 1993. Sands of Time (1993), her first-time travel romance, is set in the Middle East.


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What you need to know...

Writer's Digest

What would it be like to make a name for yourself writing a specific type of novels and then decide you want to try writing something completely different? Would your agent still try to sell your work? Would your readers follow you into new territory? And if they do follow you, will they still like your writing? These are all questions Anna Schmidt asked when she made the switch from writing romance to writing literary fiction. Read about her experience below and get a sneak peek into the October 2019 issue of WD featuring an interview with Alice Hoffman, our recently announced keynote speaker for this year’s Novel Conference! Amy Jones        
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When You Outgrow Your Genre

The level of success I’ve had as an author is something I never could have imagined at the start of my career: I sold over 500,000 copies of my romance works to a loyal fanbase. My work has received top reviews and has been a finalist four times for the coveted RITA award presented by the Romance Writers of America. There have been other awards as well, but nothing I treasure more than the letters and e-mails I’ve received over the years from readers who have been touched by my stories.

And yet, there came a time when I felt stuck. I knew I had bigger stories to tell, some of which had been simmering for years, and all of which were more complex than the genre fiction work I had been doing for my then-publisher. But how could I get these stories out into the light of day? How could I pivot, and how difficult would that process be?

The answer: very difficult.

Read the full article...


Unlock the potential of your manuscript! Helga Schier, PhD, published author and professional editor offers effective, personalized, constructive and comprehensive editorial services.,, 310.828.8421


Sharing your work at readings is a great way to get your work in front of an audience and network with other writers. Dead Rabbits Reading Series host M.K. Rainey shares 12 tips on how to make it happen.    Read More...

WD editor-in-chief Ericka McIntyre offers a sneak peek of the upcoming October 2019 issue, featuring Alice Hoffman and WD’s annual agent roundup.    Read More...

As we make final preparations for the 2019 Writer's Digest Annual Conference, here's a taste of some of the writing tips you'll enjoy from our speakers.    Read More...

Tom Stempel explores Booksmart, Non-Fiction, The Cool Kids, Whiskey Cavalier, Blood & Treasure, and shares a look back at the life of Alvin Sargent.    Read the full article...

Imagine that you are a character from a classic tale pitching your memoir to a literary agent. You know that it will become the next bestseller. Write your query letter, story synopsis, or elevator pitch to the agent.    Start Writing...

This 4-day intensive boot camp is designed to help you draft and perfect your query letter, your book synopsis, and the first five pages of your book. When you register you will not only learn how to properly prepare a captivating submission package that will show results, but they will also receive a critique with customized tips and suggestions from a literary agent from the Corvisiero Literary Agency.  
Reserve your virtual seat for July 30th >>

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$13,000 in prizes. Enter Now!

Plus registration for this month's boot camp!

Writer's Digest University


Our writing online workshops cover every aspect of writing, from how to get started all the way to getting your writing published. Writer’s Digest University features writing classes online for every skill level of writer and our professional instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your writing goals.
Click here to view course schedule >>

Courses Starting This Week:

Writing the Personal Essay 101: Fundamentals
Instructor: Carolyn Walker
This course guides beginning and intermediate writers through elements of how to write a personal essay, helping them identify values expressed in their stories and to bring readers into the experiences described.

Fundamentals of Fiction
Instructor: G. Miki Hayden
This workshop will take you through all of the basics of writing a novel. Including how important it is to choose a great setting, how to build your characters so that your readers care about them, what point of view you should choose, and more. If you are new to fiction writing, this course is perfect for you!

Grammar and Mechanics
Instructor: Kelly Boyer Sagert
Do you remember the difference between the 8 parts of speech, and how to use them? Are you comfortable with punctuation and mechanics? No matter what type of writing you do, mastering the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics is an important first-step to having a successful writing career.

Read Like a Writer: Learn from the Masters
Instructor: Mark Spencer
This course will demonstrate that the best way to become a good writer is to study the writing of others, especially the work of the masters.

Worldbuilding in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
Instructor: Philip Athans
In this original workshop, The New York Times best-selling author and veteran editor Philip Athans gets into some detailed techniques for creating worlds for fantasy and science fiction stories, novels, screenplays, and games, and how those elements can best serve the most important aspects of your writing: characters and story.

Advanced Novel Writing
Instructor: Terri Valentine
While it is possible to write a novel in a month, in this workshop you'll spend 15 weeks writing yours—all the while gaining valuable feedback and getting the encouragement you need in order to finish writing your novel.

The Art of Storytelling 102: Showing vs. Telling
Instructor: Terri Valentine
During this course you will learn the difference between showing and telling and when it’s good to tell instead of show. Discover how you can create a unique style that puts your story on the map!

Fearless Writing
Instructor: William Kenower
In this workshop we’ll look at several techniques you can you use to keep yourself in the creative flow and out of the trouble and misery fear always causes.

Writing Historical Fiction
Instructor: Donna Russo Morin
Learn the definition of historical markers and how and where to unearth them. And uncover the tools to integrate history, research, and the fiction plot arc. Most of all, find out how to honor verisimilitude—the goal of any historical writing—and avoid the dreaded anachronism. Discover the level of historical data to include as a function of a particular writing goal.

Featured Boot Camp:

Your Submission Tools: How to Write Excellent Queries, Opening Pages, and Synopses Boot Camp
Dates: July 30 - August 2
Agents: Marisa Corvisiero, Saritza Hernandez and Kaitlyn Johnson

This 4-day intensive boot camp is designed to help you draft and perfect your query letter, your book synopsis, and the first five pages of your book. When you register you will not only learn how to properly prepare a captivating submission package that will show results, but they will also receive a critique with customized tips and suggestions from a literary agent from the Corvisiero Literary Agency. Register Now

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Writer's Digest Competitions


You’ve chosen the independent route and self-published your ebook, now take the next step and be recognized for your great work.
Submit your self-published ebook(s) in the Writer’s Digest’s Annual Self-Published Ebook Awards for a chance to win $5,000 in cash, a featured interview and excerpt in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City.
In addition to $13,000 in total cash prizes, all entrants will receive a brief commentary on their work from one of Writer’s Digest’s judges.
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Young Adult
  • Memoir
  • Nonfiction
If your ebook deserves special recognition, submit it to Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Ebook Awards today!


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Join us in Pasadena for the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference


Writer’s Digest is thrilled to announce the opening keynote for this year’s WD Novel Writing Conference: New York Times bestselling author: Alice Hoffman.

Over the course of her long career, Hoffman’s novels have been recognized as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People. Her books have been translated into more than 20 different languages. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Premier, Self, and more.

Hoffman’s latest novel The World That We Knew (September 2019) has been called “one of [Hoffman’s] finest … a standout” in a starred review from Booklist. The World That We Knew will be available at the conference for signing after her keynote and the first 100 people* to register for the conference will receive a free copy onsite!

Reserve your space—and your free book—today!

*Already registered? Great news! We’ve already reserved a copy for you.

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