2023 Issue Bundle
In the year 2023, Writer's Digest has been hard at work bringing you the best in news, resources, and advice for writers and members of the publishing community. Cover interviews include award-winning authors Neil deGrasse Tyson, Holly Black, Brandon Taylor, Luis Alberto Urrea, Chuck Wendig (also the WD Annual Conference Opening Keynote), and Jean Kwok. In addition to articles on a broad range of writing subjects, you can find all your favorite recurring columns, such as Breaking In, Meet the Agent, IndieLab, Next Draft, Publishing Insights, For All Ages, and more. With the 2023 Issue Bundle, you can save on a full year of Writer's Digest content!
Writer's Digest January/February 2023
We often hear the phrase “think outside the box,” but tools inside the box exist for a reason. Think: happily-ever-afters in romance novels, mysteries that are solved at the end of the book, querying techniques that haven’t changed even as they moved from snail mail to email, poetic forms to guide your verse. We’ll explore proven ways to find success in 2023. Plus, articles about the age-old question of whether or not to plot your books, how to choose what marketing strategies will work for you, and an illustrated recap of the 2022 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference.
Writer's Digest March/April 2023
No one can deny that genre fiction makes up a huge portion of the publishing landscape. Readers can’t get enough romances, mysteries, thrillers, fantasies—the list goes on. But for novelists, what does it take to write a genre novel that satisfies readers, a novel that both fits genre expectations but doesn’t feel like something that’s already been done? This issue breaks down those exact questions to help writers of any genre find success. Additionally, this issue features a bonus interview with Ani DiFranco on how songwriting helped her write her newest picture book, a beginner’s guide to writing urban fantasy, and tips for transitioning from Indie publishing to traditional publishing.
Writer's Digest May/June 2023
The May/June 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest is all about “Keeping It Short” —short forms of writing, that is. This issue includes advice for writing flash fiction, personal essays, and some of the shortest—but most important—bits of writing you’ll do: loglines, elevator pitches, query pitches, synopses, and marketing copy. Plus, we feature the perennial favorite 25th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers. This issue also includes articles on the Oakland Library’s Collection of Lost Things, writing ratings and reviews, writing serial podcast scripts from the creators of “Old Gods of Appalachia,” tips for writing micro memoirs, editing to remove needless words, and how picture book illustrators do their jobs.
Writer's Digest July/August 2023
Structure is an oft-discussed topic when it comes to writing books, with different writing instructors amplifying the version they see as most effective. From the three-act structure to the hero’s journey and more, structure can help you write your story and ensure readers get the reading experience they deserve. But there are other ways, less traditional ways, to consider structure too, including how something visually looks on the page, how authors structure their writing lives, and books whose settings take place in a single structure. Plus, this issue also includes a primer on the three-act structure, the first in a mini-series on literary tourism, the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards announcement, and more.
Writer's Digest September/October 2023
So much about writing and publishing is mysterious. In a way, each new story one starts drafting is a mystery—who are these characters, what do they want, and what will happen to them? Likewise, once the story is revised and polished, how can the writer get the story into the hands of readers? The September/October 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest is all about “Facing the Mysterious,” whether that’s figuring out the plot twist, finding an agent, or talking to the press once the book is published. Plus, you’ll find media/press tips for new writers, advice for creating your author website, a profile of the Château de Monte-Cristo where Alexandre Dumas lived and wrote for two years, and tips for making the most of book signing events.
Writer's Digest November/December 2023
What does it take to make readers laugh? It’s not quite as simple as telling an amusing story to your friends at a dinner party. What makes the people who know you laugh might not be the same thing that will make readers laugh. And that’s doubly true when it comes to making child readers laugh. But the November/December 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest has you covered. Additional articles include a literary tourism visit to The Mark Twain House & Museum, how to write humorous microfiction, and commentary from literary agents about whether or not writers should include humor in their query letters.