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

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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 (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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57 of 63 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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49 of 54 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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247 of 292 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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48 of 55 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 Something Useful & Exciting in Every Issue! Highly recommended to all,...
As a full time professional ghost writer, I STILL always find useful and important information in my Writer's Digest; and I look forward to receiving each issue!
Published 5 days ago by MED
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a quality publication. I have referred to it off and on over the last 40 years.

This is my most recent subscription to this publication.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars The magazine has great ideas for beginner but not so much interaction...
The magazine has great ideas for beginner but not so much interaction with the subscribers. One would think that we would be able to share more written material, but that is not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Writers can always find interesting articles.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Benson
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a good magazine if you're interested in traditional...
You'll need to find better resources of information if you're an indie author.

While I have enjoyed reading Writer's Digest for many years, as an independently published... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sara Whitford
4.0 out of 5 stars If only writer's Digest spent as much time creating articles ...
If only writer's Digest spent as much time creating articles for writers as they did spamming for you to renew your subscription
Published 1 month ago by Screen Writer Inc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great resource that every writer should subscribe to.
Published 2 months ago by C. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Super deal. (y)
I got my first copy in less than 2 weeks and also get it on Amazon in Kindle/E-form. Super deal. (y)
Published 2 months ago by Draevnn Motkova
5.0 out of 5 stars So worth every issue!
My subscription has expired after a year and have already renewed it. I still enjoy the good old fashion magazine vs the Kindle version due to having the smaller kindle fire and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Teresa A. Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars No Kindle version for older Kindles.
I have read this magazine a lot in the past. I can't comment on the newer content yet because it turns out I don't have a new enough Kindle to receive the print version. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cmwriter
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