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Unveiling the WD October 2019 Cover

WD editor-in-chief Ericka McIntyre offers a sneak peek of the upcoming October 2019 issue, featuring Alice Hoffman and WD's annual agent roundup.

WD editor-in-chief Ericka McIntyre offers a sneak peek of the upcoming October 2019 issue, featuring Alice Hoffman and WD's annual agent roundup.

Writer's Digest magazine October 2019

I’m thrilled to share with our readers our October 2019 cover. Its star, Alice Hoffman, is one of my all-time favorite novelists. Her interview was a true treat for me to write. And, we just announced her as one of the keynotes at our annual Novel Writing Conference!

This issue is packed with lots of other treats (and no tricks!) for readers, too. Inside, you’ll find our annual agent roundup—we’ve tracked down a fresh group of agents who are looking for your work. You’ll also find great advice from our contributors on landing the best agent for you, creating and pitching anthologies, and the lowdown on film and audio rights to your book.

You’ll notice a new column as well, “100 Years of Writer’s Digest.” In 2020, WD marks its centennial. And we’re planning a year-long party to celebrate! I just couldn’t wait until next year to get it started, though. So we’re kicking it off in this issue, by going back into the wealth of wisdom we have in the WD archives. This month’s features the advice Margaret Atwood gave our readers in her 2004 WD interview.

All this and the regular columns our readers look forward to in every issue—you won’t want to miss it! Make sure the October issue gets to your mailbox—subscribe!

15 Promotional Ideas for Nonfiction Authors

15 Promotional Ideas for Nonfiction Authors

For the introverted writer, the process of promoting your book may seem to be a daunting, even frightening undertaking. Here, nonfiction author Rick Lauber lays out 15 promotional ideas for authors to get their books into as many hands as possible.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a Well Blank poem.

Black Friday Savings 2021

Take Advantage of Our Black Friday Deals This Weekend

At Writer's Digest, there's no need to get up early or push and shove at stores to get your Black Friday deals. In fact, we give you the whole weekend to take advantage of them. Check them out here.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Break

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Break

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, your character receives an unexpected break or benefit.

The Joys and Challenges of Writing About Food

The Joys and Challenges of Writing About Food

Food takes on a main role in Annabel Abbs' novel, Miss Eliza's English Kitchen, where research incorporated all the senses. Here, she discusses the joys and challenges of writing about food.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a thankful poem.

How To Turn an Idea Into a Chapter Book Series

How To Turn an Idea Into a Chapter Book Series

From finding the idea to writing the manuscript and sending it off to agents, author Christine Evans maps out how to turn an idea into a chapter book series.

8 Tips for Developing a Thrilling Espionage Premise

8 Tips for Developing a Thrilling Espionage Premise

Maintaining tension and high stakes requires careful attention in the writing process. Ambassador Philip Kaplan offers 8 tips for developing a thrilling espionage premise that helped him in writing his debut book, Night in Tehran.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a response poem.