Writer's Digest March/April 2018 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest March/April 2018 Digital Edition

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Writer’s Digest, March/April 2018, Volume 98, No. 3

The March/April 2018 issue of Writer's Digest is themed: The Secret Life of Publishers (And Why They Need Good Writers). The world of publishing can seem seem mysterious and intimidating—full of unwritten etiquette, secret rules and backroom deals. In this edition, we peel back the curtain and offer readers an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes in literary agencies, publishing houses and beyond. Our experts reveal why these groups are dependent on new writers, and share exactly how authors can set themselves up for success.

FEATURES: The Secret Life of Publishers

The Editor Behind the Curtain For first-time authors, the publishing process is often shrouded in mystery. An expert shares an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes—and how to leverage it for future success. by Alex Field

The 7 Deadly Sins (of Editors & Novelists) A healthy relationship between author and editor can send your story to heavenly heights, but a poor partnership deserves its own special circle of hell. Maintain this sacred bond with advice from a longtime writer-editor duo on how to forgive each other’s trespasses. by Steven James and Pam Johnson

13 Reasons Why In a competitive industry, it’s easy to feel like publishers hold all the power. But the truth is they need good content—and writers have a right to not be fl eeced. Here are some situations when the best option just might be to walk away. by Jeff Somers

Critical Thinking Novelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is oft en a mystery. A professional critic lays out what it takes to earn 5 stars. by Paul Goat Allen

Diverse Books Matter Th e push to represent a broader range of voices is no fad—it’s an industry course correction long overdue. Here, a literary agent unpacks the movement taking publishing by storm. by Ammi-Joan Paquette

 

OTHER FEATURES

The WD Interview: Leigh Bardugo Th e winner of WD’s 25th Annual Self Published Book Awards traded in her pointe shoes to choreograph her career as a novelist—to much applause. Plus:A complete list of winners in all 8 categories. by Karen Krumpak

The Big Dance The bestselling author talks finding YA fantasy stardom and why, if pursuing a dream, you’re always on the right track. by Baihley Gentry

WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Scriptwriting

Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch by Matt Bird

Shaving Your Scenes to the Essential Elements by Jeanne Bowerman

Learning From the Flawed Titanic Screenplay by Rob Tobin

INKWELL

Grief-Written When recounting traumatic events, covering the tragedy of others requires a delicate touch—while exploring your own sorrow may demand brutal honesty.. by Roger Morris

PLUS:

  • 5-Minute Memoir: Driving Kurt Vonnegut
  • Poetic Asides: Contrapuntal Poem
  • Dialect-able
  • Top Shelf
  • Inside Black Ink
  • Worth a Thousand Words

 

COLUMNS:

MEET THE AGENT: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Rosen Literary Agency. by Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut author spotlight. by Baihley Gentry

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: Passing Projects to Peers; Direct-to-Author Dealsby Barbara Poelle

YOUR STORY “Familiar Words” by Valerie Testa Almquist

STANDOUT MARKETS:Contrary Magazine, JSTOR Daily/ital>, Bon Appétit, Chronicle Books. by Tyler Moss & Baihley Gentry

CONFERENCE SCENE: Mid-South Christian Writers; The Storymakers; North Word Writers by Don Vaughan

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