I’ve subscribed to the Writer’s Digest monthly magazine for years, and I learn something from each issue I pick up. Sometimes the author profile inspires me. Other times, I learn a trick or two to help me avoid a particular writing pitfall, such as using clichés or writing unbelievable plot twists. I enjoy the letters section, because I like to know which pieces inspired other readers, and I also enjoy the features on first-time authors.
The Writer’s Yearbook is one of their special issues and not part of the regular magazine subscription, but it is well worth the $6.99 cover price. Here are just a few of the things I learned from the 2017 Yearbook:
• The latest (2015) figures showed print book sales up 3 percent, and one reason for this is the millions of adult coloring books that were sold!
• I learned nine questions I should ask a publisher before signing a book contract. The article suggests asking, for instance, how soon you can see your cover design.
• The most helpful article, though, was the one on the 101 Best Websites for Writers. I found quite a few I’d never heard of, sites that inspire creativity, offer writing advice, assist in finding an agent, and much more.