Writer's Digest October 2010 (PDF)

Writer's Digest October 2010 (PDF)

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The Hot List
At long last, it's time for our most anticipated roundup of the year: Meet 27 agents who want your work.
BY CHUCK SAMBUCHINO

Keys to the Gatekeeper
To score with a literary agent, your submission may first need to win over the assistant. Here's how to do it.
BY ANN COLLETTE & RACHEL KINCAID

Standout Queries That Worked
These five letters did their jobs well—landing their authors literary representation, and getting those manuscripts one step closer to book form. Learn how.
COMPILED BY JESSICA STRAWSER

The Evolution of the Literary Agent
As publishing models change, so must the agent-author relationship. So what should you be prepared for? Some of the industry's most innovative reps speak out.
COMPILED BY JANE FRIEDMAN

THE WD INTERVIEW: Alice Walker
Decades before her groundbreaking novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker was already a distinctive voice in American and world literature. Decades later, she remains a force—and an inspiration to writers everywhere.
BY JESSICA STRAWSER

What Now? How to Revise From a Critique
Trusted readers have given you feedback—but now it's up to you to figure out what to do with it. Let these simple steps be your guide.
BY BECKY LEVINE

COLUMNS/DEPARTMENTS

INKWELL
  • Pitching the World
  • Poetic Asides
  • Endorsement Etiquette
  • Reject a Hit
  • Bob, The Column
    EDITED BY ZACHARY PETIT

    ASK THE PRO: Nat Sobel, Agent
    BY JANE FRIEDMAN

    BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight
    BY CHUCK SAMBUCHINO

    MFA INSIDER: The Great Genre Debate
    BY MARK TODD

    QUESTIONS & QUANDARIES: The Timetable for E-queries; Animal Pronouns; Reign vs. Rein; Creative Capitalization
    BY BRIAN A. KLEMS

    YOUR STORY: Spring Social
    BY JOHN GENTILE

    STANDOUT MARKETS: Black Lawrence Press; New Ohio Review
    BY VANESSA WIELAND

    CONFERENCE SCENE: Face-to-Face Events
    BY LINDA FORMICHELLI

    WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Crafting Personal Essays

    FIND AN ANGLE TO BRING YOUR SUBJECT TO LIFE
    BY ADAIR LARA

    WRITE YOUR ESSAY THE READER-FRIENDLY WAY
    BY DINTY W. MOORE

    CREATE A NARRATIVE ARC
    BY JODY BATES



    PLUS:
    • CONTRIBUTORS
    • EDITOR'S LETTER
    • ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
    • READER MAIL