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Thanks and goodbye!

Hi Writers,Just wanted to say a final farewell since I’m leaving WD a little earlier than expected. Thank you so much for your comments, your well wishes and good thoughts and especially for reading this blog. I believe they’ll be ending future postings to The Writer’s Perspective but I’m starting a...

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...

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...

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...

Speaking of crazy slush piles…

Hi Writers,Thanks to all who spoke their piece on my previous post. Great discussion, feel free to continue the dialogue. The issue Charlotte Cook brought up though, about facing an overwhelming slush pile, is something that’s a widespread problem in the publishing industry. And I found an article on BookSeller.com “The...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

The POD Wars

Hi Writers,The publishing community is in a virtual tizzy over Amazon’s recent announcement that they will require all POD (print on demand) books to be published by Amazon’s subsidiary POD company BookSurge. Publishers Weekly has been keeping up with the story. Here’s the first of a series of articles: Amazon to...

(Fore)going Postal

Hi Writers,Please excuse me for abruptly ending My Archival Wanderings without proper closure, but I have a wonderful excuse: Our managing editor (and contributor to this blog) Kara Gebhardt Uhl had a baby this weekend. Congratulations Kara! I’ll keep posting My Archival Wanderings occasionally, when the spirit moves me. But just...

Laurell K. Hamilton on her fantasy series

Hi Writers,There seems to be some blogosphere chatter surrounding a quote from the Laurell K. Hamilton interview in our April issue. So I’m posting that particular Q&A here. The full interview will be available on our website next week. Do you work on only one series at a time? Yes, especially...

Still linear in a networked world

Hi Writers,Prodigious print buyers are winning by a landslide in my poll below “Do you buy less print (magazines, newspapers and books) than you did five years ago?” To continue along that same vein of thought, I read an intriguing article this week on the Publishing 2.0 blog: The Evolution From...

Does Generosity Pay Off?

Hi Writers, To follow up on my previous post on changing reading habits, the poll right now:Do you buy less print (books, magazines, newspapers) than five years ago? 37 people so far have voted “yes” (they are buying less) vs. 51 people who voted “no.” I’m keeping the poll open so...