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What Would You Like to See in Writer's Digest magazine?

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We're in the midst of planning the 2009 editorial calendar for Writer's
Digest magazine, and I'd love to have your ideas and opinions on what you want to see in the coming year. Writer's Digest editors
from across the brand gathered earlier this week to brainstorm of list
of potential ideas. Feel free to e-mail me directly or use the comments area of this post to give us your feedback.

Craft & Technique Topics

  1. A comprehensive guide to starting or finishing your novel
  2. A step-by-step guide to revision and self-editing (all genres)
  3. How to write a successful memoir (for the non-celebrity)
  4. The art and craft of timeless storytelling; how to hook your readers
  5. How to be a successful critique partner and how to incorporate feedback into your work
  6. How to make poetry a part of everyday life (even if you're not a poet)
  7. A crash schedule for getting a first draft of your book done in 4 weekends
  8. Master plots that work time and time again

Business Topics & Timely Topics

  1. Everything you need to know about self-publishing, and how the self-publishing game is changing
  2. Why and how to get known before the book deal (to attract editor and agent interest, to ensure book sales)
  3. The changing role of the gatekeepers—editors and agents—and how it changes your steps to publication and beyond
  4. The new economic model of publishing/media: how it impacts your career and what you need to change today to remain relevant
  5. How to make a sustainable living with your writing (in tough times)—a freelancer's ultimate guide
  6. The most effective technological tools for marketing and promoting yourself
  7. How to use social networking to reach readers and avoid a waste of time/effort
  8. Negotiating contracts and payments with editors in a digital age; what are digital rights worth and when should you keep them?
  9. How bookstores work, both online and offline, and what the future of bookselling looks like
  10. How to get the most out of writers conferences, both business-wise and craft-wise

New Department/Column Ideas

  1. How I Write: Spotlights a celebrity author in his/her writing space, talking about necessary practices/objects/environment
  2. Popular
    Fiction Report: Special reports, news, tips, and marketing information
    in today's hottest genres, including romance, mystery/crime,
    thriller/suspense, horror, and science fiction/fantasy
  3. What's
    Selling and Why: A visual list of top-selling books (according to
    Nielsen Bookscan reports), why or how they made the top of the list,
    and insider info from authors-agents-editors on how the books came to
    life

What would you add to our list of ideas?

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 621

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.

How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.

From Script

Art and Independence (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” television writer Vanessa Benton, Allegoria writer-director Spider One, Hulu’s Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison and director Dan Trachtenberg, and more!