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Writer's DigestWriter's Digest

Writer's Digest

March/April 2019

Writer's Digest magazine is a comprehensive source of writing instruction for writers. Each issue provides advice and insider tips on writing and selling fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts.

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1 A Family Affair Dima Ghawi won WD’s 26 Annual Self-Published Book Awards (Page 46) with her powerful personal memoir, Breaking Vases. In this interview, she discusses the challenge of writing about your personal life for a public audience. 2 Late Bloomer Min Jin Lee, bestselling Pachinko author and the subject of this month’s “WD Interview” (Page 42), shares why it’s sometimes best to take your time while writing and more in this extended Q&A. 3 This Is Me In these outtakes from their spotlight in this month’s “Breaking In” column (Page 22), Sissy author Jacob Tobia contends that publicity is as important to an enterprising writer as the actual writing process. To find all of the above online companions to this issue in one handy spot, visit…

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keep calm and query on with the advice at writersdigest.com !

SURVIVING BAD BOOK REVIEWS Negative reviews of your work can cut deep. Author Pamela Jane offers five proactive measures you can take to stay strong and move forward when dealing with bad book reviews. bit.ly/badreviewsWD OLD-SCHOOL TOOLS In this episode of “The Writer’s Digest Podcast,” Gabriela Pereira talks with contributing editor Elizabeth Sims about how writing tools have evolved over time. bit.ly/oldschoolWD TECHNOLOGY TROUBLES Today’s writers have little choice but to surrender themselves to laptops and smartphones—a complicated predicament for the dreamers of the world. WD editor Cassandra Lipp breaks down the writing world’s love-hate relationship with tech. bit.ly/techtroublesWDBLOG ILLUSTRATION © FOTOLIA.COM: BLOSSOMSTAR; PHOTO 1 © GETTY IMAGES: BADBOYDT7; PHOTO 2 © GETTY IMAGES: KRISANAPONG DETRAPHIPHAT; PHOTO 3 © GETTY IMAGES: MIHAJLO MARICIC /…

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ex nihilo nihil fit

(PHOTO © STEPHANIE MOSS) When I started as the new editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest, I titled my first Editor’s Letter “In Medias Res.” The Latin phrase means “into the middle of things,” and in that letter I described a plan to carry on the craft tradition that this publication has so effectively celebrated for nearly 100 years, while also ushering in a future-focused vision to ensure that it would last another century. Over the course of my tenure, I’ve worked to execute that vision—and as a writer myself, I’ve also worked to live the mission of this magazine to the best of my ability.It’s from putting my own work out into the world that I was presented with an exciting and unanticipated new adventure, one I simply couldn’t refuse. It…

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contributors

AMY JONES (“The WD Interview: Min Jin Lee” Page 42) is the managing content director of Writer’s Digest Books and the former managing editor for North Light Books and IMPACT Books. She can most often be found with her nose in a book, traveling around Italy or volunteering at her local no-kill cat shelter—all of which she does in an effort to find her novel idea. Find her on Twitter at @AmyMJones_5. MINDY MCGINNIS (“Reader Friendly,” Page 39) is an Edgar Award–winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery and fantasy. While the settings of her books may change, you can always count on McGinnis to deliver grit, truth and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us. She…

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the art of spin-offs

In today’s fractured media environment, every month sees another magazine shuttered. Rates get slashed on the regular. Increasingly, freelance journalists are finding that they not only need to work harder, but smarter as well—the “pitch story-write story” cycle can be draining. Before almost all content became available online, writers could simply rewrite a story and tailor it to another market, but that practice is no longer viable.Yet not all is lost. Writers can maximize their time by pitching multiple, different stories that arise out of the same kernel of an idea. Most refer to such idea mining as “spin-offs.” A spin-off is not a rewrite or a reprint. “There is a window or an element in every article that could open out into different ideas,” says Kamala Thiagarajan, an…

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the science of writing

“You’re an oceanographer?” The librarian shakes his head, incredulous, his spectacles tossing a circle of sunlight on the floor between us. “I always knew I wanted to be a novelist,” I reply. “So, naturally,I spent the first two decades of my adult life studying science and math.”He laughs and then asks, “Ever wish you hadn’t become a scientist?”That’s harder to answer.My path to writing has been a long, meandering river instead of a short, straight highway. If I were to live life over again, would I still take the scientific detour?Even after the publication of four novels, I’ve often found myself at a disadvantage because, unlike author colleagues with degrees in writing or literature or related fields, I don’t have a literary network or connections or a supportive writing…

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