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.


…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...

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...