This month's writing magazines seem to have appeared in my mailbox in quick succession rather than arriving at longer intervals. Since I read each one of the four (The Writer, Writer's Digest, Writers' Journal, Poets and Writers) from 'kiver to kiver', I'm off to a slow start this year. The Writer arrived first, and I've finished reading and, hopefully digesting, the informative articles, so I thought I'd share few gleanings. As usual, I encourage you to subscribe or visit your local library to read complete articles.
Debbie Swanson offers tips on investing in your writing this year, including attending a conference and improving your online presence.
Multi-published author Cyn Balog explains how online networking brought in her first YA contract and shares two websites to investigate:
Eight book editors share what they want--and what they don't.
Robert Bly's article "10 Ways to Generate Sales" is a must-read for authors with a book to sell. Even if you don't use all ten suggestions, you'll find more than one that works for you. You'll want to see what he has to say on things most of us do: newsletters, blogging, social networking, and e-marketing.
Melissa Hart reviews The Creative Writer's Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist by John McNally (University of Iowa Press). It's on my 'to- buy' list.
Agents, markets, writers' events, and publishers are profiled in the back--8 valuable pages.
I occasionally used to buy writing magazines off the newssstand, even though I knew it was cheaper to subscribe. What I didn't realize was that these magazines a worth every cent of their subscription price.
Maybe by next week I'll have plowed through another January issue and will have more to share!