Writer's Digest October 2012 (PDF)

Writer's Digest October 2012 (PDF)

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You'll Love This Issue If:

  • You are looking for tips on writing a query letter
  • You're ready to submit your work to literary agents
  • You're looking for agents who are open to new writers
  • You're a fan of Patricia Cornwell or an aspiring crime writer
  • You're working to build suspense in your fiction

Is your goal to land a book deal with the help of a literary agent? Read our guide to getting a book deal and learn which agents are open to new writers, exactly how to submit your work, what makes a successful query letter, insider tips for every genre, and much more.

In this issue, you'll also find techniques for building suspense in your story (essential for grabbing an agent's attention!) as well as our feature cover interview with Patricia Cornwell, the world's #1 bestselling crime writer. Purchase this issue today!

In This Issue You'll Learn:

  • Which agents are looking for new clients, and how to submit
  • Tips for every genre, straight from the agents themselves
  • Answers to all your questions about getting a book deal
  • Techniques for building suspense in your story

What's Inside This Issue:

Write the Perfect Query Letter
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal,and shows you how to query your own work with success. by Mary Kole

Your Agent Wish List
Finding a good literary agent can be an overwhelming task,unless, of course, you already know of 25 of them who are actively seeking new work. by Chuck Sambuchino

PLUS: Agents answer your genre and submission FAQs.

Ask an Agent Anything!
What you've always wanted to know but have been afraid to ask: One leading literary rep gives it to you straight by Barbara Poelle

The WD Interview: Patricia Cornwell
What does it really take to be the bestselling crime writer in the world? The mastermind shares all the gory details. by Jessica Strawser

WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Building Suspense

Raising The Stakes In Your First 50 Pages
by Jeff Gerke

Creating Tension Through Misdirection
by William Noble

Making The Ordinary Menacing: 5 Ways
by Hallie Ephron

The 411 On Fan Fiction
Find out what's really behind the underground genre that's suddenly in the spotlight.
by Jessica Grieser


  • 5-Minute Memoir: Writing Grief
  • Poetic Asides
  • How to Lose Assignments & Infuriate Editors
  • Literary Legends & Their Libations

ASK THE AGENT: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt Agency by Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight by Chuck Sambuchino

QUESTIONS & QUANDARIES: The Best Time To Seek Critiques; Agents For Freelancers; Resubmitting Your Work by Brian A. Klems

YOUR STORY: First Things First, Contest #41

STANDOUT MARKETS: Draft Magazine; Ninth Letter; Cedar Fort by Tiffany Luckey

CONFERENCE SCENE: Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference; Writing For The Soul; Symposium For Professional Wine Writers by Linda Formichelli

REJECT A HIT: Breakfast At Tiffany's Spoof-rejected by Saara Dutton

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