Author Archives: Maria_removed

So long … farewell…

Hi Writers,I wanted to let you all know that I’m leaving my position as editor of Writer’s Digest effective October 10. I’ll be checking in and trying to chat more before I leave. The reason I’m leaving is that they’ve appointed a new editorial director (Jane Friedman, editorial director of Writer’s Digest Books) and...

Announcing: The Great WD Writing Prompt Contest

Hi Writers,One of the most fun, creative and productive writing exercises I know of is coming up with writing prompts, so I thought I’d hold a little contest here on “The Writer’s Perspective” and on our forum, to come up with the best writing prompt. So if you’ve come up with a good writing...

Digital Publishing

Hi Writers,There have been several recent articles on the independent publishing front that I wanted to draw your attention toward. First is from Publishers Weekly Editor Sara Nelson who argues that POD technology is more cost-effective in the long run than traditional offset publishing: “The Summer of POD.” Here’s a short excerpt: “I understand...

Stephenie Meyer and the first draft

Hi Writers,I’ve been editing a feature for an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest. It’s entitled “Roughing up your First Draft.” There’s a quote from Ernest Hemingway in the lead: “The First Draft of Anything is Shit” In light of this quote, I’ve been thinking about Stephenie Meyer, author of the mega-selling Twilight series. I’m...

Maui Success Story

Hi Writers,I’m finally recovering from the 6-hour jet lag from Hawaii following the Maui Writers Conference and a week of frolicking on the big island—swimming in the wild with dolphins and watching hot lava spill into the sea—talk about inspiration! The Maui Writers Conference was fabulous. Brian wrote some great post-conference articles including Gary...

Alegra Clarke's latest entry

Hi Writers,Writer’s Digest 2007 Annual Competition winner Alegra Clarke has been updating us on her progress to get her novel published. Here are photos of our trip to New York. And here is her last post about her trip to New York to meet with agents. Alegra’s latest entry: Before I went to NYC...

Writers are Readers

Hi Writers,Publishers Weekly published an essay last week “Two-Way-Street” by Charlotte Cook. Cook, an independent publisher of her own book line, Komenar Publishing, was the subject of a short profile in Writer’s Digest last year. She writes that she was deluged with queries, phone calls and submissions after that article came out. It seems...

Writer's Digest TV: Lee Child

Hi Writers,Another video today–I know, I spoil you. Today’s video is an interview with Lee Child, author of the spectacular Jack Reacher series. Here Lee talks about why he switches between first and third person point-of-view in his novels. Keep Writing,Maria You might also like:No Related Posts

Writer's Digest TV: M.J. Rose

Hi Writers,It’s another visual aid bonus day here on the Writer’s Perspective! Here’s a short video interview with bestselling author and Writer’s Digest marketing columnist M.J. Rose, who knows more about marketing books than anyone I’ve ever met. She’s a true industry dynamo and visionary. Check her out here. Keep Writing,Maria You might also...

Free Books for Funny People

Hi Writers,I wanted to let you all know that TOW Books, a humor book imprint here at F+W Media is offering free digital downloads of their books, including that of my favorite humorist, Jason Roeder who writes the Roeder Report for Writer’s Digest. If you’re not familiar with Jason, here’s one of his recent...

Writer's Digest TV: Interview with David Baldacci

Hi Writers,If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending time with all the thriller writers at ThrillerFest 08, it’s that the adage, “write what you know” holds little merit. Here’s another short Q&A I did with David Baldacci, in which he discusses the merits of writing what you don’t know. Keep Writing, Maria You...

Writer's Digest TV: Sandra Brown

Hi Writers,Remember back last month when I was at ThrillerFest, the great writing conference/party thrown by the International Thriller Writers? Well, I got the chance to do some video interviews with a few thriller luminaries, including the amazing Sandra Brown. So here’s a a short (around 4 minutes) Q&A I did with Sandra, in...

More on simultaneous submissions to agents

Hi Writers,Since there were so many comments and questions about the Brad Thor post on simultaneous submissions to agents, I asked my favorite agent expert, Chuck Sambuchino, of the Guide to Literary Agents to give us his take on the issue. Here’s Chuck: First of all, I have to disagree with Brad’s comment that...

Announcing: WD Live author interviews

Hi Writers,Writer’s Digest is pleased to announce the debut of WD Live, a series of free live video interviews with top-name authors from ThrillerFest 2008. Just to give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s an entertaining segment with authors Steve Berry, Brad Thor and James Rollins, discussing how they quietly began writing...

Brad Thor on simultaneous submissions

Hi Writers,I’m in the middle of transcribing a lengthy Q&A with Brad Thor (The Last Patriot) for the December issue of Writer’s Digest and I thought what he had to say about literary agents was quite interesting for going against the grain of traditional publishing wisdom (this is unedited, direct from a transcript): I...

We're going to Maui!

Hi Writers,It’s my great pleasure to announce our sponsorship of the 2008 Maui Writers Conference, which this year is on the road to Honolulu. Brian and I will be there for three full days over the Labor Day holiday, August 29-September 1 reporting live from the conference via this blog and our e-newsletter. So...

From fired to inspired?

Hi Writers,I’ve been attending a lot of writing conferences recently and in listening to keynote speeches I’ve noticed an odd correlation in the first-published stories of many writers. Just off the top of my head, I can name three bestselling authors who cite being fired as the impetus to write and sell their first...

The final thrill

Hi Writers,If you want to get more of an idea of what ThrillerFest was all about, here are my (almost daily) newsletters that went out to our e-newsletter subscriber list during and just after the conference. So, if you didn’t get enough thrills already, here are links to even more from ThrillerFest ’08. If...

…and the thrills go on!

Hi Writers,I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along the wild ride of ThrillerFest with me. I’m back in Cincinnati and wanted to thank all of the great people at ThrillerFest for putting on such a fabulous conference and for inviting Writer’s Digest to co-sponsor their event. Since I don’t often get to post visuals, it’s...

ThrillerFest and Sandra Brown

Hi Writers,It’s my final day at ThrillerFest and the thrills just keep coming. Today I did video interviews with Lee Child, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci among others. Those videos will be available on our website in a few weeks, I’ll let you know when they’re up. Here’s a picture of me with “ThrillerMaster” Sandra...

AgentFest and the after-party

Hi Writers, It’s day 3 here at ThrillerFest and I’m getting ready to head back down to the the conference to take in sessions from Brad Thor, Gayle Lynds, Joseph Finder and more. You literally cannot walk down the aisles of this conference without running into a celebrity author. I wanted to post some...

Digital Voice Recorder Recommendations

Hi Writers,I’m all set to travel to New York tomorrow to cover the Thrillerfest writing conference. I’m going to be writing live from the conference on this blog as well as special show dailies for our e-newsletter subscribers (sign up via writersdigest.com if you’re interested.) Alas, as I’ve been preparing to be the ace...

The L-Word

Hi Writers,To follow up on my previous post, I wanted to comment further on the term “literary” as in a “literary novel.” First, I want to say that I love smart, character-driven literary novels. They are what I gravitate to for my own leisure reading. So please don’t get too angry with me when...

Random stuff overheard from New York literary agents

Hi Writers,Sorry for the lame headline. I’m putting the October issue of Writer’s Digest to bed and my clever headline writing capacity is shot. But I wanted to share some of the notes I kept during my recent trip to New York to accompany our annual competitions winners to meet agents (see posts below)....

Alegra Clarke on her New York trip to meet agents

Hi Writers,I asked our annual competition winner, Alegra Clarke (see posts below) for some decompression notes from her New York trip to meet agents and she sent me this lovely little essay. She’s promised to send me updates on her progress in selling her novel and I’ll post future updates here. Here’s Alegra: My...