Writer's Digest Mark of Quality

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With the Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality review — included in nearly every Abbott Press publishing package — your manuscript will be evaluated by a professional Writer’s Digest editor. Titles deemed to be of exceptionally high literary merit will receive the Writer's Digest Mark of Quality distinction and benefit from these unique advantages:

  • Increased sales opportunities: Your book will be recognized in Writer’s Digest magazine and the Writer’s Digest Newsletter.
  • Proof of quality: The mark will be printed on your book's cover to show potential book buyers and retailers that your book is of exceptional literary merit.
  • Learning and networking opportunities: You'll get a free pass to the annual Writer's Digest Conference — three days of education and exposure.
  • Expanded marketing reach: Your title will be included in F+W Media’s seasonal catalog, distributed to bookstores and libraries across the country.

Will your book be the next MOQ recipient?

So far, three talented authors have earned the Writer's Digest Mark of Quality distinction for their books.

  1. Charles Ota Heller
    Prague: My Long Journey Home
    A Memoir of Survival, Denial, and Redemption
    Read the book»"As a long time subscriber to Writer's Digest, I was blown away to learn my memoir would be the first ever to receive its 'Mark of Quality' distinction," said Heller. "My whole experience with Writer's Digest's Abbott Press division has been very rewarding. As someone who has published previously with a traditional publisher, I have been very pleased with the comparable level of service and professionalism they offer."
  2. Rebecca D. Elswick
    Mama's Shoes
    Read the book»"It is such an honor to have my book recognized by the 'Mark of Quality,'" said Elswick. "In 2003, I entered a contest in Writer's Digest magazine that challenged readers to create an opening line to a story based on a single photo of shoes. My line was chosen as the runner-up, and it planted the seed that would eventually blossom into Mama’s Shoes."
  3. K.C. Sherwood
    Midnight at Moonglow'
    Read the book»"Receiving the Writer's Digest 'Mark of Quality' meant everything to me, because it's what most writers yearn for, to have your work recognized, because our books are like our babies — we put our hearts and souls into them, and when someone finally says hey, this is good, it's indescribable," said Sherwood.

Watch an interview with K.C. Sherwood to learn more about her experiences.

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