Writer's Digest March/April 2016 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest March/April 2016 Digital Edition

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Writer’s Digest, March/April 2016, Volume 96, No. 3 Digital Edition

FEATURES: Writing for Kids and Teens

10 Picture Book Pitfalls—and How to Fix Them An agent shares how to avoid the most common missteps in writing for children—and turn a no into a yes. by Marie Lamba

4 on 4 A quartet of top literary agents in the middle-grade and young adult genres weighs in on as many questions on writing for young readers. Compiled by Jessica Strawser

A Whole New World Much of today’s most successful middle-grade and young adult fiction lies in the realm of fantasy. Here’s how to develop rich literary landscapes for kids to get lost in. by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Get Schooled For children’s authors, school visits can be a valuable promotional took, a supplementary income stream and a gold mine of future material. Learn the hows and whys of planning and proposing presentations that make the grade. by Teri Brown

The WD Interview: Jhumpa Lahiri The Pulitzer-Prize winning fiction writer turns her talents to nonfiction—in a language not her own—in an exploration of what words really mean to a writer. by Baihley Grandison

Goodbye to All That Much has been said about novel beginnings and middles—but what about endings? Here’s how to finish strong. by Jacquelyn Mitchard

WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Literary Journal Submissions

Habits of Highly Successful Short Story Writers by Erika Dreifus

9 Ways to Polish Your Poetry for Publication by Lauren Camp

INKWELL

Turning Truth into Fiction Add authenticity to your writing by exploiting your experiences. by Audrey Stallsmith

Plus:

  • 5-Minute Memoir: Only on the Radio
  • Poetic Asides: National Poetry Month
  • Top Shelf
  • Coping With Writer’s Jealousy
  • Map Your Fantasy World
  • When Truth is Stranger Than (Children’s) Fiction

COLUMNS

MEET THE AGENT: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House by Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight by Chuck Sambuchino

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: When to Pull Back on a Thriller; Young Adult vs. New Adult Fiction by Barbara Poelle

YOUR STORY: Contest #69, First Things First

STANDOUT MARKETS: New England Review; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; Texas Monthly by Cris Freese

CONFERENCE SCENE: Houston Writers Guild; Oklahoma Writers Federation; Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival by Don Vaughan

PLATFORMS OF YORE: William Shakespeare