Writer’s Digest news

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...

Announcing: The Great WD Writing Prompt Contest

Hi Writers,One of the most fun, creative and productive writing exercises I know of is coming up with writing prompts, so I thought I’d hold a little contest here on “The Writer’s Perspective” and on our forum, to come up with the best writing prompt. So if you’ve come up 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

(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...

My Archival Wanderings: W. Somerset Maugham

Hi Writers,Today, I’m sharing–from our world-renowned archives (see my previous posts)–an excerpt from a piece W. Somerset Maugham (Of Human Bondage author) wrote entitled “Write About What You Know” from the December 1943 issue of Writer’s Digest. The fact is that when you write about things you don’t know, you fall...

My Archival Wanderings: Gay Talese

Hi Writers, Here’s a very recent entry to the WD archives, excerpted from one of my favorite interviewees of all time—Gay Talese. This is from an interview I conducted with Talese and it appeared in the August 2006 issue of Writer’s Digest. If you were a young journalist starting out today,...

Our New Website!

Hi Writers,It’s my great pleasure to announce the launch of our new and vastly improved writersdigest.com website. The new site is light-years ahead of our former website in terms of navigability, searchability and overall design. Check it out and have fun with it. We’re going to start posting new content on...

My Archival Wanderings: Kurt Vonnegut

Hi Writers,I was heartbroken when one of my favorite writers of all time, Kurt Vonnegut, died last year. He was a real friend to writers and he granted several interviews to Writer’s Digest over the years. In my archival wanderings, it was especially rewarding to come across this WD interview with...

My Archival Wanderings: Upton Sinclair

Hi Writers,It would be an understatement to say that I learn something new every day that I comb through the WD archives, and today was no exception. Today’s exhibit: an excerpt from a 1938 essay by Upton Sinclair. A prolific nonfiction author of his day, and—to go along with our running...