Feel the thunderous reverberations of authors and industry pros working to broaden our perspectives—as writers and readers alike. Plus, learn how underrepresented voices are rising in the writing world.
A prolific Edgar Award–winner, Mindy McGinnis’ stories cross subgenres of young adult fiction, from fantasy to dystopian to contemporary. Here, WD talks with her about the unique aspects of her work, including the way she addresses rape culture and incorporates strong female protagonists.
The owner and managing editor of the online literary magazine Women Writers, Women’s Books, Barbara Bos discusses growing the community—and how to submit.
We asked publishing insiders to share book recommendations that they hoped more people would read, period. Here is a selection of their recommendations, beyond those of the authors profiled in print in our May/June 2018 “Roar” roundup.
With Twitter-based pitch events such as #PitchWars and #PitMad so immensely popular, it’s only fitting that #DVpit has now joined their ranks. Created in 2016 by agent Beth Phelan, the hashtag aims to “showcase pitches from marginalized voices that have been historically underrepresented in publishing.”
Penny Moore’s brainchild is the new online directory Literary Agents of Color — which includes bios and submission guidelines for around 50 such agents, and growing.
When writing conferences invite Eric Smith of P.S. Literary to join their roster of attending literary agents, he’s usually happy to comply, pending one request: a guest pass, so that he can bring along a marginalized writer from the surrounding area.
In Iowa Writers’ Workshop–graduate James Han Mattson’s acclaimed first novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, the cyber-bullying of a gay teen leads to a multi-victim shooting. Here, he discusses related topics, including LGBTQ literature and writing about gun violence.
Kellye Garrett discusses her years as a Hollywood screenwriter (with the CBS drama Cold Case among her credits) and the representation of black women in the mystery genre.
Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 13th Annual Popular Fiction Awards. The winners of this year’s awards were chosen from over 875 entries and represent the very best in genre fiction. Here, meet Ami Cameron, winner of this year's awards.
Kelly Jensen’s background as a teen librarian influences her own writing (she is a popular essayist, and author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader) as well as her editorial career, in which she now covers YA fiction for Book Riot.
Learn the ABCs of how to develop content for your new author blog in the May/June 2018 Writer’s Digest, and follow these basic steps to give your website a firm foundation—which is, actually, a lot like building a house.
Literary agent Ammi-Joan Paquette provides a collection of quotes on diverse books and representation from authors and industry pros, plus a list of additional web resources for those who want to learn more.
In this interview from the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine—bestselling author Leigh Bardugo discusses finding YA fantasy stardom and why, if pursuing a dream, you’re always on the right track.
In his article “Critical Thinking” in the March/April 2018 issue Writer’s Digest, professional book critic Paul Goat Allen shares his criteria for evaluating a novel. Below, find a graphic illustration of his Book Reviewer’s Hierarchy of Needs.
An Exaltation of Larks, by Suanne Laqueur, is the grand-prize winning book in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
It’s a bibliophile’s dream. A chance to win a whole bookshop. Now, thanks to a rare opportunity, you could win a bookstore by writing a short essay stating why bookstores are important to the community.
An Exaltation of Larks, by Suanne Laqueur, is the grand-prize winning book in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. It bested more than 2,300 entries from 55 countries across eight categories to take home a prize package that includes $8,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New...
Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 44 winners of the 25th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.
In this full interview (including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine) with The Martian author Andy Weir, he offers a peek at the research process for his moon colony-set follow-up, Artemis.
The most convincing romantic stories are those that feel natural. Learn how to write romance scenes and romance novels without using the word "love."
The latest from bestselling 'The Nightingale' author Kristin Hannah transports readers to remote 1970s Alaska. In this interview from the February 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine—Hannah discusses the real-life influences that inspired 'The Great Alone,' and preaches the power of a tight-knit writing circle.
Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their love of writing.
In our "Breaking In" column in Writer's Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author of The Night Child—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too.
Editor Tyler Moss takes us on a brief tour of the January 2018 issue of Writer's Digest magazine.