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Check out what’s in the upcoming April 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest, featuring an interview with Jenny Lawson, our annual 101 Best Websites for Writers feature, and more.
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Check out what’s in the upcoming May/June 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest, featuring an interview with Jenny Lawson, our annual 101 Best Websites for Writers feature, and more.

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If you want at least some of your time on the web to be productive, do we have a list for you! Writer’s Digest has been rating the best websites for writers for 22 years. In this year’s roundup, we’ve assembled a fresh array of sites to help writers do just about everything—from beating writer’s block to finding new markets for their work; from finding a supportive writing community to revising their manuscripts; and all things in between. This issue also presents the winners of our Self-Published E-Book and Popular Fiction competitions.

We also have a couple of great features for you this month, from regular WD contributors Jane Cleland and Jess Zafarris. Jane offers a deep dive into how to maximize your success writing crime fiction. And I think you’ll have as good a time reading what Jess discovered about what it’s really like to be an audiobook narrator as we did.

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