Which Writer's Digest Magazine Would You Buy?

We’re putting the finishing touches on the January/February 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest, and have four very different options for the cover.

Which one do you like best?
And which featured story looks most exciting to you?





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  1. ann ambrosio

    I like the first one best. The color is lighter and brighter. The smile on the face of the girl is inviting and the layout on the cover is easy to focus and fast to read. AA

  2. AJ

    Wow! I didn’t think I would care what the cover looked like, I guess I do when faced with a selection such as this. I think the full scale photo is the most appealing after all. As others have stated before me, the human connection to a successful author is gripping. "Start with a bad first draft" appeals to me the most (something I have experience with!). AJ

  3. Heather Desuta

    The fourth one. My vote would definitely be to move away from featuring large-scale author pics on the covers (as you currently do). I prefer a catchy illustration with a small author headshot. The 3rd & 4th covers most appeal to me.

  4. Bonnie Neubauer

    I’ll take DOOR #3. I like the whimsical emphasis and primary focus on craft. The added bonus of the author interview which shows how to take craft to the next level gives readers a second reason to buy the mag. That said, the real reason I would read the issue is the article about book tours. For me, this cover covers all the bases (yes, I am from Philly, home of the World Series team, the Phillies) and has something for everyone!

  5. Mary Ulrich

    I would think you have two audiences, the subscribers and the people who will buy WD off the shelves.

    The first sample has more of the "Entertainment tonight" appeal and might hook the McGafferty fans to an impulse purchase.

    As a subscriber I like number 2 or 3 because I am most interested in the "craft" articles and like a creative drawing. The picture at the bottom might attract McGafferty fans. Just wondering about the title at the top of the magazine, "Self-Published Author Cracks the Bestseller List" does that refer to the McGafferty article? If so, IMHO it is too far away from the reference to her article and seems unnecessary.

    "Craft a Foolproof Story Plan" and ""The Ultimate Plot Test" sound interesting.

    In the Dec. issue of WD, in the small print on the bottom of page 2, it says that WD is "a bimonthly publication". Last issue I was confused to receive the December issue at the beginning of October. So WD is published bimonthly, 6 X a year, or quarterly?

    Thanks for asking for our opinions, it was a useful exercise in critical thinking about marketing.

  6. Amina Hedayat

    The picture on the front cover of real people who struggled to write and enjoyed every bit of their struggle, touches my heart most and gives me the motivation I need as an aspiring writer. Their success to be featured on the cover speaks more words than any art could reflect. Art and cartoon could work for specific topics inside the magazine, but real people appeal more to the majority of would be writers.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get involved in choosing your cover.

  7. Elaine Klonicki

    The first one, even though it looks like your standard cover. The second and third ones are too dark and the art just doesn’t appeal to me (although I don’t object to art rather than a photo at all). The last one is too cartoonish. And I agree with the others–Megan’s picture on the bottom of the last two looks slapped on.

  8. Deb

    The first one absolutely caught me. I didn’t know who Megan McCafferty was, but it didn’t matter to me, as the "Write Your Novel in 2009" was much the clearest on that page, and that was what grabbed me.

  9. Bill Peschel

    Oh, oh, a chance to art direct someone else’s work! How can I resist?

    I prefer the second one. Adding the banner at the bottom in #3 cuts off the artwork in a way that makes it look like it was slapped on accidentally.

    #4 is a nice piece of art, but its greeting-card vibe didn’t excite me.

    I’ll be curious about the 3-part novel plan and finding your voice. Plotting and voice have been a concern of mine for awhile. I’m not sure about the McCafferty story (I had to google her to find out who she was), since I’ve read enough "series vs. standalone" debates to write my own article.

  10. The Writer Mama

    I was surprised that I went with number two.

    I like the art. I think it’s stronger than the photo.

    I liked the photo approach last year, but I also enjoy a lot of the collage art that you do on the interior.

    I think it’s easier for the reader to identify with art than with one person’s image.

    Does that make sense?

    🙂 C

  11. Carol

    I prefer the first one. The cartoons on the other three don’t appeal to me. The third one is my second choice, but I don’t like a dark background for the text. A light background is easier to read.

    The article "START WITH A BAD FIRST DRAFT" sounds interesting.

  12. Lee Lofland

    The second one caught my eye right away, because it made me think of the craft of writing (even before I read the article titles). Plus, it’s a clean looking cover.

    As lovely as Megan McCafferty is, the cover featuring her looks like every other cover out there. My eyes kind of gloss over when I see those lined up on a shelf.

    The last one made me think you were featuring children’s book writing.

    The insert at the bottom of three and four is sort of distracting. And it looks like you added the article at the last minute.

    Now, aren’t you glad you asked.