Saturday, July 16, 2011

100 sites for fiction writers: #31 - Writer's Digest

This is an ongoing series looking at websites that can be of help to fiction writers with their craft and career.

Writer's Digest

Writer's Digest (1-year)Since 1920 Writer's Digest magazine has been providing writers a periodical all their own, with strong leanings toward fiction writers. Within the pages of the magazine have been found tons of information for writers, including market listings, interviews, tips on the craft, etc.

But Writer's Digest doesn't just end with its magazine. For nearly a century, Writer's Digest Books have been published, the best-known of which is the annual Writer's Market, a major resource for writers in their search for places to sell their stories. Besides the Writer's Market, there are tons of other books potentially helpful to writers, including other market listing resources, books on the craft, books on the business end of writing, reference materials and more.

2011 Writer's MarketOne would think all of that would be enough to bring many writers to the Writer's Digest website, but really that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The site also offers Online Workshops and plenty of articles, including articles about Tips & Prompts, help toWrite Better, information about Conferences and Events, and tips on how you can Get Published.
Also, there are a number of publishing professionals who have Blogs on the site, and there is an active Forum.

A word of warning, however. While much of the website itself is free, the books and magazines promoted by Writer's Digest are not free, as can be expected. Just to make sure everyone is clear about this. Still, the company, the magazine, the books and the website all hold tons of information, especially information that can be helpful to the beginning writer. Just keep in mind there is no single nor simple path to success as a fiction writer. It takes work.


Charles Gramlich said...

I took Writer's Digest mag for many years and am sure it helped me quite a lot, especially in the early days.

Ty Johnston said...

Yeah, I used to have a subscription years ago, and there's no telling how many of their books I've read.