Can you make “believers” out of potential readers? Sep11

Can you make “...

What do we mean by the line above? Why “believers?” If you’re a writer of nonfiction, writing well simply isn’t enough to get people to buy your book. Nonfiction requires authors with deep knowledge of their subject matter, an authoritative voice, and unquestionable credentials. Do...

What’s Your Measure ...

One of the blessings of indie publishing is that you retain creative control over the final product. You determine the title and cover, you create or approve the back cover copy, and you determine the quality of the text. (Side note: Assuming that the text is good, simply because you wrote it,...

Your Secret Weapon for Success: Conference Network...

  In a little less than two months, Writer’s Digest will be launching the first ever Writer’s Digest Conference West. It’ll be our biggest event yet with more speakers, bigger names, a larger venue, and more opportunities to interact, including a massive book signing and cocktail party. Though the last two items on that list may sound like the least beneficial – at least when compared to the educational sessions, panel discussions, and keynote speeches – they’re actually two of the most important. Information about the craft, getting published, building a platform – you can find that in books, magazines, online courses,...

Tired of Hearing about Platform? Aug30

Tired of Hearing abo...

How many times has some helpful soul told you that in order to succeed as an author, you need a platform? Either a network of fans who will support (i.e. buy) your book or a mechanism, such as a well-regarded newsletter or blog, that enables you to let people know that your book is available....

Let’s Talk Getting P...

Hello there! I’m Phil Sexton, Publisher of Writer’s Digest. This new blog provides a space for us to talk about writing, self publishing, platform building and more. I’m hopeful that you’ll find insights and ideas for making your book the best it can be – and as successful as...