Home Bio Publications Events Bill's Books Worth Reading For Writers Contact

The Writer's Toolbox
Writer's Toolbox
Info and links for writers

If you would like to be notified when The Writer's Toolbox is updated, just drop me a line HERE.


Narrative Arc

Dictionary of Publishing Terms

Choosing the Publisher That's Right for You

You're Getting it Wrong: Experts Debunk Genre Fiction Cliches

Homage to my Mentor Art of the Interview

No Comment: The Battle to Get Quotes

September is the Start of Submission Season

Poetry Contest Advice from three Daily Press Poets Laureate

Directory of Writing Contests, Grants, & Awards, compiled by Poets & Writers The Rejection Whisperer, an examination of rejection letters, cover letters, & formatting for writers

A Brief Survey of the Short Story, a column by Chris Power

Writing Basics Resource Guide

Proper Submission Format

Sample Article Query (word document)

Sample Poetry Cover Letter (word document with comments)

Sample Cover Letter (word document)

Do I Really Knead Reference Books?

The Future of Digital Publishing (30 mb pdf download, created by Jane Friedman)

Pulitzer winner Robert Olen Butler Writes a short story in real time

Helpful Tidbits
  • In terms of "Fair Use," you can excerpt up to 300 words from a book or 150 words from a magazine article without permission.
  • Copyright exists on anything you write. Registration only matters in court cases. Even then, registration doesn't trump proof of earlier written existence.
  • All generalizations, including this one, are false. --Mark Twain


Richmond Events

Hampton Roads Events

Piedmont Events

Northern Virginia Events

Western Virginia Events


Established in April 1887, The Writer is the patriarch of all American writing magazines. Each monthly issue includes such features as before-and-after examples of improved writing, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors, and hands-on advice. It also includes an extensive market listing. A one-year subscription (12 issues) costs $32.95.

Poets & Writers
Poets & Writers provides essays on the literary life and interviews with contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The magazine publishes articles with practical applications for both emerging and established writers. In addition, it provides the most comprehensive listing of literary grants and awards, deadlines, and prizewinners available in print. A one-year subscription (6 issues) costs $19.95.

Writer's Digest
Writer's Digest is the most widely read magazine for writers. Founded in 1920, each issue includes market and contest information, articles, and interviews. A one-year subscription (8 issues) costs $19.96.

Southern Writers
Founded in 2011, Southern Writers magazine provides articles on the craft of writing and highlights successful Southern authors, such as James Grippando and Jill McCorkle, who share behind-the-scenes moments from their writing lives and books. A one-year print subscription (8 issues) costs $52.99. An online subscription costs $29.99.

Publisher's Weekly
International news magazine of book publishing and bookselling. Supplies in-depth interviews with top authors, publishing industry news, bestseller lists, and much more. As the title suggests, the magazine is published weekly. A one-year subscription (52 issues) costs $225.00.