Writer's Digest March/April 2011(PDF)

Writer's Digest March/April 2011(PDF)

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WRITER FOR HIRE

50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes a Day
These days, getting your writing noticed is all up to you. Make the overwhelming task an easy one by taking it one step at a time. By Christina Katz

Getting Started in Ghostwriting
You might not like the idea of writing someone else's book—but the hidden benefits of ghostwriting could just change your mind. Here's why so many writers are taking this lucrative path, how to know if it's right for you, and what you need to do to break in. By Kelly James-Enger

Get Paid to Be a Word Nerd
Writers who leverage their skills as copy editors can earn bigger paychecks, diversify their portfolios and spend more time doing what they love. Learn how you could be one of them. By Rebecca Smith Hurd

Free Money
Grants, fellowships and residencies offer both support and opportunity—and all they ask in return is that you follow your writing dreams. Here's what you need to know about some of the best opportunities you could be missing. By Gigi Rosenberg

The WD Interview: Emma Donoghue
Some may call her the latest breakout success, but for Emma Donoghue, any life spent writing is worth celebrating. By Jessica Strawser

Finding the Upside
Like confronting a dark past, publishing your own book can be daunting. Weldon Long found one bold way to do both—and earned top honors in WD's Self-Published Book Awards. PLUS: The winners and honorable mentions in every category. By Melissa Wuske

INKWELL: The Long and Short of It
You've got a great idea—but how can you tell if it's weighty enough for a novel, or would work best as a short story? Here are five key factors to consider. By Elizabeth Sims

PLUS:
  • Top Shelf
  • Poetic Asides: Rondeau
  • 5-Minute Memoir: Hidden in Plain Sight
  • Read for Pictures
  • 3 Strategies for Ending Your Chapters

COLUMNS
ASK THE AGENT: Kelly Gottuso Mortimer
By Jane Friedman

BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight
By Chuck Sambuchino

QUESTIONS & QUANDARIES: Can vs. May; Using Real People in Fiction; Online Pseudonyms
By Brian A. Klems

YOUR STORY: Sanguineous
By Anna Kittrell

STANDOUT MARKETS: YES!; cream city review; Holiday House Inc.
By Vanessa Wieland

CONFERENCE SCENE: Travel-Writing Events
By Linda Formichelli

REJECT A HIT: Fun With Dick and Jane
Spoof-Rejected By Chuck Redman


WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Crafting Short Stories

Letting Plot Guide your Narrative
By John Dufresne

Broadening Your Story's Scope
By Noelle Sterne


PLUS:
  • CONTRIBUTORS
  • EDITOR'S LETTER
  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
  • READER MAIL