Writer’s Digest, May/June 2014, Volume 94, No. 4
FEATURES: Writing for Kids & Teens
Sell Your Picture Book
Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent.
by Lara Perkins
Middle-Grade vs. Young Adult: Making the Grade
Miss your mark with your target audience and you won’t be graduating to the pros. Here’s how to ace the key differences between MG and YA.
by Marie Lamba
Standout Series Characters for Young Readers
Learn how to create a middle-grade or YA series character who goes beyond a single book and becomes a household name.
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Your Web Presence
Discover 3 keys to connecting with young readers online.
by Lee Wind
The WD Interview: Dave Barry
With a career spanning more than four decades, Dave Barry continues to make people laugh. But when it comes to writing, he has some serious advice on what others need to do to find success.
by Brian A. Klems
101 Best Websites for Writers
Help us celebrate our most definitive annual list yet—a breadth of resources for scribes of all types.
by Tiffany Luckey, with Laura Wooffitt
A Terrifying Triumph
The winner of the 9th annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards spun a tale of shiver-inducing horror with “The Man in Christopher’s Closet.”
by Cris Freese
WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Humor Writing
Finding the Funny in Fiction
by Elizabeth Sims
Realism & Exaggeration: Really, Truly Funny
by Mel Helitzer, with Mark Shatz
Exploring the World of Steampunk
by Jay Lake
Thrill ‘Em All
A modern-day warrior offers six pieces of advice to help you build a plausible hero for your thriller novel.
by Kimberley Howe
- 5-Minute Memoir: Out of the Mouths of Babes
- Questions & Quandries
- The Journey to Success: WD’s Self-Published e-Book Awards
- Ask the Authors
- Poetic Asides: Somonka
MEET THE AGENT: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown Ltd.
by Kara Gebhart Uhl
BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight
by Chuck Sambuchino
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: The Agent’s Pitch; Using Pen Names; Should Foreign Writers Americanize Their Manuscripts?
by Barbara Poelle
YOUR STORY: First Things First, Contest #54
by Jane Bash
STANDOUT MARKETS: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers; Muse; The Threepenny Review
by Tiffany Luckey
CONFERENCE SCENE: Jackson Hole; Port Townsend; ThrillerFest IX
by Linda Formichelli
REJECT A HIT: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
spoof-rejected by Laura Ruth Loomis