Writer's Digest October 2017 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest October 2017 Digital Edition

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Writer’s Digest, October 2017, Volume 97. No. 7 Download

Our annual agent issue contains the hot list every submission-ready writer is waiting for: WD's exclusive roundup of agents who are aggressively seeking new clients NOW.


Our GET AN AGENT issue features:
    •    Detailed listings—desires, dislikes, guidelines and tips—for 34 agents actively signing writers across categories
    •    Publishing myths busted—with a team of agents sharing the truth about what you thought you knew
    •    Real query letters that worked, complete with agent commentary
    •    A trend report on today's hottest genres—thriller/suspense, young adult, women's fiction, romance and more—and what agents see the highest demand for right now
    •    An insider's guide to how big book deals come to fruition—sharing little-known info about auctions, pre-empts and big advances, and showing that dreams really do come true.
    •    And More!

PLUS: A special WD interview with crime master Michael Connelly, the bestseller behind the Bosch series, now an Amazon Original show.

FEATURES: The Agent Issue
34 Agents Looking for New Writers NowSubmission ready? Start your search with these detailed profiles of reps keen to expand their client lists.By Cris Freese
How Big Deals Go Down An agent pulls back the curtain to let us see what really happens when a submission draws high demand. By Hillary Jacobson
Spotlight on Today's Hottest Genres We asked agents to weigh in on some of the most popular genres—talking trends, common weaknesses, series potential and more. Here’s how to stand out in MG & YA, women’s fiction, romance, thriller & sci-fi. Compiled By Cris Freese
Inside the Agent-Author Relationship When you sign with an agent, you’re choosing a partner for your career—which means it’s important to choose carefully. We asked authors to share the best parts of their agent relationships, showing both what’s important and what’s possible. Let their stories be a guide.Compiled By Jessica Strawser
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The WD Interview: Michael Connelly
Having shaped the very character of contemporary crime fiction, the creator of Harry Bosch looks back at the 25 years of books behind him—and the exciting days ahead. By David Corbett

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WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Real Page Critiques

"Show Versus Tell" ExemplifiedCritique By Gloria Kepton
When Less Really Is More Critique By Tracy Strauss
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INKWELL

The Ghost of Writing Past: When previously published pieces come back to haunt you, consider these methods to exorcise your portfolio.By Sonia Weiser
Plus:
    •    5-Minute Memoir: Feeling the Words You Write By James C. Magruder
    •    A Grave Matter By Valentine J. Brkich
    •    Story Starters
    •    Poetic Asides: Diminishing Verse By Robert Lee Brewer
    •    Worth a Thousand Words By Bob Eckstein
    •    The Buddy System By David Hicks
    •    On the (Grammar) Record    
    •    By Kathleen Sears

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COLUMNS

MEET THE AGENT:Claire Anderson-Wheeler, Regal Hoffmann & AssociatesBy Kara Gebhart Uhl
BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight.By Baihley Grandson
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK Reacting to Radio Silence; Entering a Crowded MarketBy Barbara Poelle
YOUR STORY: "The last of the Amazin Mazons" by John W. Salvage
STANDOUT MARKETS:Orion; WorkingMother.com; Garden & Gun; Quirk BooksBy Tyler Moss
CONFERENCE SCENE: F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival; Other Words Literary Conference; Ridgefield WritersBy Don Vaughan
POTPOURRI FOR THE PEN