Author Archives: Maria_removed

Come to Thriller Fest!

Hi Writers,I’m psyched about an upcoming conference we’re co-sponsoring especially for thriller writers: Thriller Fest 2008. It’s July 9-12 in New York. Sandra Brown is the Thriller Master this year and will be delivering a keynote speech. I’m getting the chance to interview Brown, as well as Brad Thor, M.J. Rose,...

Our New York trip to meet Literary Agents

Hi Writers,I’m near the end of my trip to New York City. As mentioned in my previous post, I’m accompanying our 2006 and 2007 Writer’s Digest annual competitions winners Mary Feuer and Alegra Clarke to meet literary agents. I’ve met so many great agents on this trip and learned so much....

I'm in New York!

Hi Writers,I’m reporting live from New York City, where I’m accompanying our annual competitions winners Alegra Clarke and Mary Feuer. So Alegra and Mary and me are making the rounds to meet literary agents. This is part of their prize for winning our annual competition for the past two years. I...

3 ACTS OF BAD BLOGGING

Hi Writers,      I’m a big fan of blogs, after all, haven’t they essentially leveled the playing field for writers? You don’t need money, connections or a publishing contract to have a blog, what’s not to love. But since it is a medium that’s so freely available, many would-be writer/...

Miranda Rights for Writers

Hi Writers, I guess you all know by now how much entertainment I get from our writing forum. Anyway, we were having a discussion yesterday about how being a writer affects our close personal relationships. This was contributed by Cindy Adams (aka “Gookblink”) and I’m posting here with her permission. Enjoy....

101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS

Hi Writers,I’ve included a handy link in the left navigation to our 2008 101 Best Websites for Writers. We’ve been running this list annually for 10 years now, and we’re quite proud to be able to spotlight these great resources. As you can imagine, weeding through the thousands of nominations we...

Ian Frazier on Humor Writing

Hi Writers, I read this great piece in The New Yorker May 26, “Tales from a Chelsea Soup Kitchen” by Ian Frazier. It’s a feature about how he started a writing workshop that operates in tandem with a NYC church-based soup kitchen. I thought it had a lot of interesting things...

Our August cover: Diablo Cody

Hi Writers,Hot off the presses: our August issue featuring cover girl Diablo Cody. Our fab Script Notes blogger Chad Gervich interviewed Cody a week before she won the Oscar for Juno. If you’re a subscriber, this issue—packed with material about breaking into screenwriting—will be hitting your mailbox any day. And if...

The Hazards of Oversharing

Hi Writers,I am so very glad that the blogsophere didn’t yet exist when I was a teenager/ twentysomething. Reading the New York Times magazine essay about blogger Emily Gould only amplified this feeling. I’m quite sure if I had acceses to a blog when I was 20 all of the stupid...

Kill Your Darlings (and other terrifying advice)

Hi Writers,Following up on my previous post, the Ira Glass storytelling video, there were some interesting comments on the forum. I mentioned that I really took to what Glass had to say about killing much of your work so that the best can live. And this brought up the anxiety-inducing advice...

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Hi Writers,I want to share this wonderful, instructional video I came across: Ira Glass on the art of storytelling. I’m a huge NPR “This American Life” fan and I also recommend “This American Life” on Showtime, which I suppose you might call short video stories of real people. The following video...

Writing through Recession

Hi Writers,Well, I have to admit to feeling more than the usual post-Catholic-childhood guilt lately. Not only is there a global economic recession and I’m actually employed in a volatile industry; The Ultimate Cheapskate (below) yelled at me for my fondness for expensive, frothy espresso drinks. You could argue that there’s...

Maria Gets Cheap

Hi Writers,I met up with one of my favorite WD forumistas this morning at the Joseph-Beth bookstore here in Cincy—the one and only “Ultimate Cheapskate” (aka Jeff Yeager). Jeff has been pedaling his bike around the country on a book tour to spread his gospel of cheapness. You can read all...

Procrastination vs. Writer's Block

Hi Writers,There’s a great piece in Slate “It’s All in My Head” by Jessica Winter, that attempts to make a distinction between procrastination and writer’s block focusing on the work—and lack thereof—of famous writers of the past such as Truman Capote. Here’s an excerpt: Neurologist Alice Flaherty attempts a working distinction...

Send Us To Your Site!

Hi Writers, Now is the time to bring your website to the attention of the WD editors. We’re taking nominations for the best writer’s website to feature in the October issue of Writer’s Digest. Here are the details: We’re looking for the writer with the best personal website or blog that...

Journalism: Breaking In

Hi Writers,To follow up on my last post about landing a journalism career, I asked our newly hired managing editor, Zac Petit—who graduated from J-school three years ago—to share his thoughts. Here’s Zac: Ahh, journalism—long hours, low pay, shrinking newsrooms, coffee overdoses, sadistic deadlines, weekends spent covering garage sales boasting glamorous...

PRINT WINS!

Congratulations to our sister publication [at F+W Publications] Print magazine, for once again winning an Ellie Award—its 4th—for general excellence in its category at the National Magazine Awards! Here’s a link to all of the ASME award winners; as always, an impressive, inspiring lineup. Pictured here: a close-up photo of the...

Hey, Graphomaniacs!

Hi Writers,I know I said Friday was going to be the official rant day here on The Writer’s Perspective, but you never can predict when a good rant is going to come on. I read an essay in the New York Times Sunday Book Review: “You’re an Author? Me Too!” that...

Speaking of Fonts

Hi Writers,As I mentioned in the previous posts, I’m switching fonts for my blog posts—a minor face lift you might say. Fonts seem like a trite thing for writers to concern themselves with. But in the visually oriented magazine world, I’ve observed first-hand that how you present your work really can...

Reaching Your Audience

Hi Writers,A lot of writing books come across my desk and I try to give most of them at least a quick read before stacking them on my bookshelves. So I thought, instead of just hoarding these books, I’d share a tiny bit here. I’m not going to be doing book...

Friday Rant Day: Googleganger Woes

Hi Writers,I’m officially declaring Friday Rant Day here on “The Writer’s Perspective.” Got a rant? Come here on Fridays to share a tizzy fit with me. To start things off, I came across an article about Googlegangers recently. Names that Match Forge a Bond on the Internet and it brought up...

Before You POD

Hi Writers,With all of the chatter surrounding Amazon’s recent announcement that they’ll now only sell POD (print-on-demand) books printed by their subsidiary BookSurge, I wanted to offer some important questions to ask yourself before you enter into any POD arrangement. Writer’s Digest has occasionally been criticized for accepting POD advertising. I’ve...

Open Letter from Amazon

Hi Writers,Since there seems to be some problem accessing the link posted below, here’s the letter Amazon posted re: their stance on carrying POD books: [posted March 31, 2008]Open letter to interested parties: We wanted to make sure those who are interested have an opportunity to understand what we’re changing with...

Amazon's Response

Hi Writers,I’m trying to get you more information about the Amazon/POD situation (see my previous post). Today, I put in a request for an interview with an Amazon exec. and received this note back from their PR department: Hi Maria, We received your request to interview an Amazon executive.  Please refer...