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I have been getting this magazine for a very long time, and it just keeps getting better and better with each issue. There are even special issues that come out sometimes like Writer’s Yearbook, Writing Basics, Getting your Book Published, and Write you Novel in 30 days. Each issue has a different article section that deals with the writing life and process of getting published.
The articles tell you how to make a website when you are a new author. The magazine has tips on how to write a good 1st chapter since they are critical to getting an agent and readers attention. Tips on how to craft compelling characters. They have author interviews every issue. They even have contests every issue where you can write opening paragraphs to a prompt they provide. They write articles about outlining novels too. In every issue there is a page filled with online exclusives, and a newsletter writers can sign up for. Readers can even write to the magazine and their letters can be printed in future issues. In the July/August 2011 issue there is a special section called The Ultimate Revision guide.
101 Best Websites for Writers is a section that they have every year. It has information about literary agents, making a good query letter to getting a literary agent hooked. Columns like: Breaking In where authors tell you how they were successful, and what they learned from it. In the interview they even tell you what they did right, and what they would do if they could do it over. Questions and Quandaries is a column where people can ask questions about grammar, ones about literary agents, and other writing related ones. Poetic Asides is a column that talks about aspects of writing poetry. Ask the Pro/Agent where you can ask them a question about being an agent, and others for professional advice.
Sections are dedicated to literary agents like listing 25 Agents seeking new writers, What Agents Really Do, and Your first 50 pages: How to hook an agent from the start in the October 2011 issue. The issues even have a cool section called Writers Workbook with “exercises and tips for honing specific aspects of your writing.” (Les Edgerton)
It is a good magazine for writers to have in their bookcases or tables every month. I love it because of all the aspects of being a writer it talks about and discusses. From getting an agent, writing a query letter, hearing about successful authors, and their advice to aspiring writers. To honing novel writing or memoir writing, and non fiction writing this magazine is a blessing to those of us going on the journey to publication. It will make you the successful writers of your dreams.
Until the next review,