A centennial celebration for W.E. B. Du Bois' classic, The Souls of Black Folk; Ursula LeGuin on science fiction writers making the most of the future; and other literary notes.
How two "nobodies" with no connections landed a Ballantine Books contract for The Book Lover's Cookbook. By Shaunda Kennedy Wenger.
Feel like you're drowning in a sea of notes? Some tips on managing the big nonfiction project, from guest expert Mark Fitzgerald.
When "green" is too vague to do the job and "emerald green" is a lazy cliche, it might be time to intensify your palette. By Arthur Plotnik.
Some online databases are potentially valuable to writers but not reachable via a Google or Yahoo search. Here's a look at a few and how to access their information. By Michael A. Banks.
Off the cuff
Loneliness and isolation are occupational hazards for writers. Here are a few tips on keeping the blues at bay. By Michelle Silver.
How five of our 200 respondents conquered their most difficult writing obstacles, ranging from the self-doubt demon and fear of cold-calling to formulaic plotting.
Some practical advice for freelancers on managing the ups and downs of work and cash flow. By Kelly James-Enger.
Reviews of two books by Fern Reiss: The Publishing Game: Find an Agent in 30 Days, and The Publishing Game: Bestseller in 30 Days.
Market news, contests and events
"Platform" is a big buzzword in publishing these days. Here's a look at what it is and what it means to you as a writer. By Katharine Sands.
The teen market offers good opportunities for the writer who understands how to write for its readers. By Ginger Rue.
Information on dozens of general, children's and literary periodicals, as well as book publishers and markets for plays.
How I write
Great nonfiction writing starts with great reporting, says Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss.