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Writer's Digest May/June 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our May/June 2022 issue featuring our annual 101 Best Websites for Writers and an interview with Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network and The Diamond Eye.

Writers are always looking for the next great thing to help them make their writing time more efficient, productive, and fun, and new advances in technology appear each year to help make that happen. It also helps spark the imagination of what kind of technology writers include in their writing. In the May/June 2022 issue of Writer’s Digest, featuring our 24th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers, we focus on what technology can do for writers.

Writer's Digest May/June 2022 Cover

Features include:

+ 24th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers: An annual staple and reader favorite, WD has sifted through hundreds of reader nominations, plus chosen our own go-to websites, to find the 101 that are most useful, reliable, and affordable for writers of all stripes. By Amy Jones, Moriah Richard, and Michael Woodson

+ You Need a Science System: How much science do you need to develop and include in your science fiction? Jeff Somers offers tips for how detailed you need to be in this part of the story’s world-building based on your novel’s goals. By Jeff Somers

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+ How to Pitch on Social Media: With the increasing popularity of online pitching events like #PitMad and #DVpit on Twitter, perfecting the shortest, most compelling pitch of your manuscript is critical. This article includes agent and author tips for composing pitches and where to find reputable online pitching events. By Jera Brown

+ Back to Basics: Sometimes too much technology can distract from the writing you’re trying to do. Ran Walker shares 10 reasons why going “old school” with notebooks is the best technology for writers. By Ran Walker

+ Two Writer’s Digest Competition Winner Announcements: Personal Essay Awards and Self-Published E-book Awards: This issue proudly features profiles of Alyssa Rickert, winner of the 2nd WD Personal Essay Awards, and Steve Physioc, author of Walks With the Wind, which won the 9th Annual WD Self-Published E-Book Awards. By Moriah Richard and Michael Woodson.

+ WD Interview: Kate Quinn: NYT bestselling author of historical fiction including the Reese’s Book Club pick The Alice Network, The Huntress, and The Rose Code sat down with WD to talk about her 2022 release, The Diamond Eye, about Russia’s most deadly WWII sniper (who was also a mother and grad student). By Amy Jones

Also included:

+ Writers on Writing: Peng Shepherd: Phantom settlements on hand-drawn maps used to be standard to prevent copyright infringement. But what happens if the phantom settlement appears? Peng Shepherd talks about the real-life inspiration for her newest novel, The Cartographers. By Peng Shepherd

+ Find Your Niche: There are publications devoted to nearly every imaginable topic. With creativity and intention, you don’t need to be an expert to find success writing for specialty magazines. By Don Vaughan

Plus, all of your favorite columns: IndieLab, Meet the Agent, Funny You Should Ask, Publishing Insights, All About the Pitch, Level Up Your Writing (Life), Building Better World, Conference Scene, and the second installment of our new column about writing children’s, middle-grade, and young adult books. 

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The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

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David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.

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The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.