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The Writer

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Today's best-selling writers discuss dialogue, plotting, characterization, suspense, romantic fiction; non-fiction writers cover interviewing, research, finding good subjects, how and when to query, turning personal experience into salable articles and books.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Madavor Media Llc
  • ASIN: B00008GT3F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Magazine Express, Inc.

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101 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource For Writers May 15, 2006
Subscription Term Name:1 year
"The Writer" is the premier magazine for writers of all varieties. Kalmbach is known for publishing a great series of specialty periodicals, and this one is extremely well written and edited, as is appropriate for the subject matter.

The magazine is best for aspiring writers of fiction, with the clear majority of column inches. Poetry is also covered well, and nonfiction (my area of interest), while covered, is definitely in third place. In the end, though, most techniques for fiction also help nonfiction authors and vice-versa: I read every issue cover to cover regardless of area of concentration because I have gleaned some of the best tips from articles that superficially seemed not to pertain to my writing.

The magazine is very good at covering new developments in the publishing world, and features in-depth reporting on subjects like "Print on Demand" (POD) publishing. Many articles concentrate on in-depth technique implementation, while the utilitarian short pieces that cut through grammatical tedium and stylistic methodologies reinforce the basics.

If you are interested in writing as a professional or just for personal satisfaction, "The Writer" is the magazine for you.
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114 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Magazine for Writers June 12, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've been a freelance writer since 1996, and every month I look forward to reading the next issue of The Writer. It's a magazine that shows you how to write better, how to get published, and how to stay inspired. The interviews with top writers are great, and I love the reviews of books about writing. The hour or so I spend reading each issue is among the best time I ever spend. If you're a writer, you should subscribe immediately.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but not as technical as I'd like September 15, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I subscribed to this thinking I'd take a break from Writer's Journal for awhile. Unfortunately, after my first Writer arrived, I found myself going back to re-subscribe to Writer's Journal as well. The Writer had a very nice, long, in-depth interview, but didn't have the technique articles Writer's Journal has. While the Writer had some contest notifications, etc, I felt Writer's Journal had more.

At this review I've only received one Writer, and it is unfair to base the entire magazine off one issue, so I am keeping my subscription for at least the next year.

There were a few things I really liked about the subscription:

1) it came right away--I didn't have to wait for 6 weeks, I think it started coming within the first month after I ordered.

2) It was a large magazine, not one with only 10 pages in it (as I have found when I've ordered magazines via the n et without holding a bound paper copy first).

3) It didn't seem to have the number of advertisements that Writer's Journal is full of.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The One To Buy November 10, 2006
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
The Writer is the best of the four magazines on writing I have read over the past couple years. The quality of articles, the focus on the writing craft is superior to others that are available in the market. I look forward to each issue arriving in my mailbox.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Cosmopolitan" for writers April 2, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I subscribed to this magazine thinking it would be a good way to keep up with the trends and improve my writing. I found it a bit scary, actually. Most articles are reduced to lists, with few new or in-depth articles. A look at the cover reminds one so much of the cliché women's magazines that scream "10 sure-fire tips to rekindle your romance!" and "25 worst fashion mistakes revealed!"

There is some really useful information here (thus the two stars) but it's (dis)organised in text bites tailored to the attention span of the M-TV generation. This prevents the information from being comprehensive for a beginner (or relative beginner) and most of it would not be useful for anyone with more than moderate experience as a writer.

To sum up, if you are looking for comprehensive writing instruction, get a book (There are many good ones- just check the amazon reviews for which one would suit you) and if you are looking for info that will keep you abreast of what's going on, check the forums, publisher's and editor's blogs, etc... This magazine, unless it admits that it cannot compete with the internet for trendiness and puts its efforts into timeless, well-written pieces dealing with craft (good writing never goes out of style, people), is doomed for fluffy oblivion.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing resource August 10, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've browsed all of the popular writing magazines, and ended up choosing The Writer to be my monthly subscription. The magazine itself is great -- lots of step by steps, motivational techniques (we all need those when we get writer's block!), strategies for publication, how to be organized, list of publishers looking for submissions, interviews with professional writers. A couple of my favorite articles in the last year included netbook versus notebook, best free computer software programs for writers. I like how The Writer really covers every aspect of life as a writer, and keeps up with the times. I checked out some of the computer programs recommended and found them integral to my creative process.

It's nice to browse every month to remind myself to keep going. Also, your subscription comes with free access to The Writer website and archives -- nice to browse through if you ever are looking for help on a specific topic. The main reason I like this magazine so much is, it's a very accessible read. Lots of writers manuals are tedious to go through, but this is a good one for those of us who are hobbyists or just starting to get serious. I'm sure even more advanced writers/professionals can glean a few new ideas and techniques from these pages!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I am not the correct demographic, but
who is the demographic for such bland and insipid content?
Published 2 months ago by Paperbackwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars As a professional ghost writer, I ALWAYS find something of value in...
I work as a full-time professional ghost writer and am also a traditionally published author and can honestly say that I ALWAYS find something of value in this magazine! Read more
Published 15 months ago by MED
4.0 out of 5 stars Periodical
This had been a gift, and I do believe that my son had liked it, though he did not ask that I renew it for him
Published 21 months ago by Linda M
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have tool for all writers
The Writer is in my opinion required reading for all serious writers. Every issue provides answers to questions asked by all writers. Read more
Published 21 months ago by epmom
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful magazine!
This magazine provides helpful advice and interesting interviews. I like Writer's Digest a little more, but The Writer is good, too.
Published on May 5, 2013 by Jeanne Callahan
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless
I ordered this (alleged) magazine in December, 2012. Now it's March, 2013 and I have yet to receive the first issue. So far, The Writer is worthless. Read more
Published on March 11, 2013 by Marc
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing almost 3 months later
I subscribed to the mag November 19 as a present for my wife's Christmas.....well.....3 months later still nothing...not one issue...

Published on February 14, 2013 by regis
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for authors.
I read this for years, then lapsed for a year through oversight, until resubscribing through Amazon. Read more
Published on January 31, 2013 by Richard E. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Good writing resource for both fiction and non-fiction
I have a problem getting through most magazines. I read as much as I can when the magazine first arrives, but over the next couple of days, I start to lose interest and it just... Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by Morven Westfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine for writers
I found out about this magazine when I bought an old copy of Writer's Handbook. I am a published author in computer-related non-fiction genre. Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Bit Twiddler
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