The Writer’s Perspective

Former WD Editor Maria Schneider joins the blogosphere with “The Writer’s Perspective,” a blog dedicated to the publishing industry and other writing-related news. She’ll keep you up-to-date on the writing essentials, all while providing links that might be interest you and commentaries on the industry’s hottest topics. Stop by for a visit.


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mary Feuer's New York trip to meet agents

Hi Writers,Remember last month when I was blogging about my trip to New York to accompany our annual contest winners to meet literary agents? I asked our winners to sum up the experience for me, and here’s Mary Feuer’s experience in her own words: It’s hard to believe it’s been an...

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...

…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...

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...

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...

I'm at ThrillerFest!

Hi Writers,I’m in New York reporting live from the Thrillerfest/Craftfest writing conference we’re sponsoring. There are so many famous writers here, it’s unbelievable. The first day of the conference was yesterday and I met Lee Child, James, Rollins, Eric Van Lustbader, Steve and Liz Berry, Kathleen Antrim and more. I’m getting...

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...

New CD from WD

My workday is pretty standard: I spend 95% of it writing/editing and 5% trying to convince Maria to put my face on the next issue’s cover, to which she always says no. So when she asked me to post about our new CD, I wasn’t sure if I was the right...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Maria in NYC

Hey Folks, Maria is in New York City this week and put Zac and I in charge of holding down the WD fort—oh yes, there’s actually a WD fort, and it’s made up of empty Mt. Dew cans, Gatorade bottles and various office supplies. But just because she’s OOO (Out Of...

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...