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Do you deviate from the norm?

Hi Writers,
I have a confession: I don't really think about the official demographic data when putting together the editorial content for Writer's Digest. I prefer to think our magazine appeals to writers who cut a wide swath across the age, gender, income spectrum.

At any rate, our marketing department recently surveyed our readers and this is what they came back with:

74% 41 and Over
47% Over 50

37% Male
63% Female

18% FL, NY, TX (6% each)
12% California

64% College Degree
27% Master's or higher

31% Published writer
55% Serious aspiring writer

67% are primarily interested in writing fiction
40% also interested in writing screenplays
39% also interested in writing non-fiction
25% also interested in writing memoirs
24% also interested in writing poetry

71% primarily use Windows XP
75% primarily use Microsoft Word

26% read The Writer
18% read Poets & Writers
10% read Publisher's Weekly

51% visit
13% visit Publisher's Weekly (
9% visit

So please let me know where you fit—or don't fit—into this survey.
Are the marketing folks way off base, or right on target? As always, I appreciate your feedback.

Keep Writing,
P.S. In my quest to get my bosses to yell "uncle" and let me digitize the WD archives, I'm going to post cool stuff from our archives all through March. So if you're a lover of literary ephemera come back for more.

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Porter discusses celebrating the nature of getting older in her new romance novel, Flirting With Fifty.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "different way of seeing the world" poem.

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

From in-person interviews to scouring the web for credible sources, journalist Alison Hill shares tips on how to research topics like a journalist.

Can I Have Your Attention?

Can I Have Your Attention?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an announcement is about to change the course of history.

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated comedy writer Glenn Boozan discusses how a funny piece of perspective turned into her new humor book, There Are Moms Way Worse Than You.

From Script

Adapting True Crime and True Stories for Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers and showrunners Robert Siegel and D.V. DeVincentis (“Pam & Tommy”), Patrick Macmanus and Liz Hannah (“The Girl from Plainville”) who both have taken creative liberties in adapting true stories for a limited series.

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Author Chanel Cleeton discusses how reader curiosity led her to write her new historical fiction novel, Our Last Days in Barcelona.

Writer's Digest Interview | Marlon James Quote

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.

writer's digest wd presents

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

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!