Writer’s Digest Magazine October 2016 Online Exclusives

Check out all of the online exclusives from the October 2016 issue below.


Use a Spreadsheet to Outline Your Novel

If you prefer to write from a detailed outline, an ideal organizational tool may be hiding in plain sight on your computer. View a full-sized version of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet author Michael J. Martinez used to plot out his novel MJ-12: Inception (as explained in the article “Chart It Out” in the October...

The Interminables

Elements of a Successful Query Letter

The “Agent Finder” article in our October 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest featured a deconstructed query letter in which agent Lane Heymont of The Seymour Agency highlighted the strength’s of one of his own client’s novel queries. Here’s another real-life example of a query that worked, featuring commentary and tips from agent Sara Megibow...

16th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winner’s List

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 16th Annual Short Short Story Competition, where writers submit their very best short stories of less than 1,500 words. Please join us in congratulating our winners! For complete coverage of the 16th Annual Short Short Story Competition, see the July/August 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can read...