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Writer's Digest (1-year) [Print +Kindle]

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For the writer at heart. Each issue focuses on the craft of writing, the tools and information for writing, and the markets for writing. Features examine how to write and sell magazine and newspaper articles, books, plays, poetry and scripts.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: F&W Publications
  • ASIN: B00005NIPH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Writer's Tool April 11, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
If you are a new writer, this is one publication well worth the investment.
I started out, back in my college years, reading back issues in the library. then I got my own subscription, and that probably dates back to maybe 1978-79. I may have missed a year here or there, but I've enjoyed Writer's Digest (WD) for 20 plus years. Becoming a writer can be a daunting process with plenty of moments when you are ready to give up.
If you're a subscriber to WD, then every month you get fresh ideas, techniques, tips and inspiration as well as plenty of leads on fresh markets where you can send your freelance writing, both fiction and non-fiction. It helped me to develop to confidence, skills and motivation to go on to sell articles to local Philly publications, then OMNI, Success, Family Health, the National Enquirer (medical and science, no gossip) and eventually, even wrote a cover article for.... you guessed it... Writer's Digest.
Okay, so I have some bias. But it was this publication that gave me so much motivation. If you are getting started, or want to give a gift to someone who has shown potential or interest in being a Writer, this is a great publication.
I don't think that most experienced writers will have read this far into this review because they all know about Writer's Digest. Yes they do have plenty of advertising. That's usually a sign of a strong publication. The one thing I'd like to see more of is openness to more freelance contributions, since recently, they've moved towards depending for a larger percentage of their content being provided by regular columnists. Since freelancing is so much a part of the entry process for writers, it would make sense for a publication for writers to walk the talk and support freelancers. On the other hand, WD has been around a long time and any business has a right to try out different strategies for success. I imagine the columnist approach allows for a more reliable and homogeneous content.
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241 of 286 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So generic it's uesless October 7, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Writer's Digest puts out a lot of great resources for writers. The magazine ain't one of them, however.

For starters about half of the magazine is ads - mostly for other Writer's Digest products. One you get past paying $19.95 a year for what's essentially a brochure, you'll notice that most of the articles don't apply to you. Most writers stick to one genre, yet the magazine focuses on all aspects of writing - fiction, poetry, business writing, editing, non-fiction, etc. If you're working on a biography of J. Edgar Hoover, do you need to look at an article on poetry in the stlye of ee cummings? I'll take "no" for $600, Alex.

So, now you're down to about 10 pages that might be relevant. Well, let's start chipping away at that:

The letters about grammar questions are a waste: if you have a question about affect versus effect, would you write to a magazine and wait a month or two or would you pick up your style guide and have an answer in less time than it took for you to read this sentence? Thought so. (Furthermore the idea that someone would write to a magazine with a question like that is so incredulous one has to wonder if the questions aren't just submitted by staff members in an attempt to fill space, like I used to do when I was the news editor at my college paper.)

Writer's Digest does review software and other technology that might be useful to writers. My favorite was when it reviewed Microsoft Word. Thanks - I'm sure most readers had no idea about the monopolistic word-processing program. To be fair, some of the reviews are useful, although you can get better information just by looking up the product on Amazon.com and reading the reviews there.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Was wonderful... once. January 8, 2008
By S.R.T.
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I subscribed to this magazine first in high school, and I adored it. I mean, adored. I looked forward to nothing like its arrival. I even won one of their monthly contests, once.

That was then, this is now. They dropped it to bimonthly with no fanfare that I ever saw, and the price is still identical. But the big thing is that Writer's Digest is now one big shill for the "self-publishing" industry, with the better part of the ads for shady operations happy to take several thousand dollars of your money to put your name on the cover. And the magazine itself has shifted accordingly. Articles continually laud self-publishing as a wonderful option and talk about it like it's a writer's dream... never mind that many of the publishers they take money from have never had a commercially successful author and never will.

The joys of the past are gone. The monthly contests now have no prizes, that I've been able to see. The neat little articles on intellectual property accompanied by ads admonishing us that Xerox and Rollerblade are proper nouns are gone. The interviews are now insipid and most of the articles read like they were hacked together in an afternoon with information that could be easily found online.

Skip Writer's Digest. Go find your RSS reader of choice, subscribe to some good blogs--Writer Beware, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, some of the agent blogs. You'll get far better information with far fewer ads, and for free.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Required once--basically worthless now August 28, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Years ago, WD was required reading. That was before the big "everyone in the world should write a book" fad. WD, likely in an attempt to cash in on that fad (and stay alive in the internet era) has switched formats. Most articles are only a few pages long, and are fluff at that. Half of the magazine is either white space or filled with oversized clip art. My advice--pick up something useful (like StoryView by Screenplay Systems, NovelPro by NovelCode or BookWriter by Yaddu Digital [no I'm not affiliated with any of these groups]).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars He tells me that this is THE best gift and it is filled with...
I got this for a friend who is a writer/author as a gift. He tells me that this is THE best gift and it is filled with invaluable information. He just loves it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Sherry54
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trade magazine
Great magazine. Very informative. A little heavy on the advertising however.
Published 1 month ago by Christie davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for professional writers and students
I completed the digital version and was very pleased with the content. There are many helpful articles
Published 3 months ago by Selah Rey
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it
Man I could not love this magazine any more then I already do.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Practical and interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Mischke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine
I have subscribed to Writer's Digest for years and love this magazine. There is always a lot of good information and interesting articles.
Published 4 months ago by Jami Sealey
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer's Digest a wonderful help!
I love subscribing to Writer's Digest. Not only does it give updated advice and instruction to seasoned and aspiring writers, but it includes interviews and techniques I can use... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karlajean Becvar
3.0 out of 5 stars nope, doesn't do it for me
as the author of 14 published books I have to say that this is okay but of no help at all to the wannabe writer, rather read Stephen King and Margaret Atwood's marvelous books on... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charlene Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Best writer's Mag
This is the best resource for writers. Plenty of great ideas and examples and guidelines. I am definately stasified with this subscription
Published 9 months ago by liz hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential for Every Writer
If you are seriously pursuing your writing, you need to get a subscription to Writer's Digest. Helpful tips and tricks, paired with interviews with industry pros are a must for... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mari
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