4 Free Extras From the New Writer's Digest

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Did you know every single issue of Writer's Digest includes bonus online exclusives? And they're not just for subscribers—they're for everyone! We must have been feeling extra inspired when we put together the November/December 2016 Writer's Digest, because we rounded up even more extras than usual.

Robert Crais
  1. Learn what really drives Robert Crais to the bestsellers lists.

After Robert Crais finally had a novel debut at No. 1 on The New York Times list, he baffled his publisher by diverging from his series. In Bonus WD Interview Outtakes: Robert Crais, find out why—and how it paid off. (Hint: It has to do with passion. As Crais says, “You want heat, you want fire. That’s what we gather around and warm our hands with.”)

  1. Find out why writing makes TheHappiness Project guru Gretchen Rubin happiest of all (and how her best advice can help you).

In the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, we outline strategies for establishing successful writing work habits inspired by bestselling author Gretchen Rubin. In this extended Gretchen Rubin Q&A, the 50-year-old happiness and habits expert talks about why she switched careers to become a full-time writer, how she found an agent and the unexpected role of NaNoWriMo in her success.

  1. See how authors like you are earning money from their websites—so you can boost your bank account.

In her comprehensive article “8 Ways to Make Money From Your Website” in the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, digital media consultant Jane Friedman offers up 8 detailed strategies: 1) Reader support, 2) Affiliate marketing, 3) Advertising and sponsorships, 4) Native advertising, 5) Digital product sales, 6) Consulting or coaching, 7) Online courses, 8) Digital subscriptions. In this bonus "Models for Success" sidebar we didn’t have space to print, she shares concrete examples of authors succeeding by putting the various revenue models into action.

  1. Read what it takes to win.

“Blink,” a young adult short story by Sabrina Hicks, is the Grand Prize winner of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Read the winning story, "Blink"—and our extended Q&A with Sabrina Hicks that takes you behind the scenes with the winner. Then, see how to enter the next Writer's Digest competitions (the Annual offers the chance to win $5,000 cash and an all-expenses paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference!).

All of the November/December 2016 Writer's Digest online exclusives are also available in one handy spot: http://www.writersdigest.com/dec-16.

Of course, if you think these extras are good, you’ll love the full issue they came from! Don’t miss the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, at your favorite newsstand or library or available for instant download now.

Yours in writing,

Jessica Strawser

Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest magazine

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