2014 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference: Speakers

But if you’re pitching a query letter or writing an article for Reader’s Digest, submit all your source information (even if the contributor’s guidelines don’t state this). My Reader’s Digest editor taught me more about writing magazine articles and query letters than any other editor I’ve worked with! These are the ten most important things I learned about writing for Reader’s Digest; these tips will also help you understand and follow the submission guidelines for contributors .

You can include this information in the letter or on a separate sheet of paper. Be sure to include any information about previously published writings. For 2010, the US edition of the magazine reduced its publishing schedule to 10 times a year rather than 12, and to increase digital offerings. It also cut its circulation guarantee for advertisers to 5.5 million copies from 8 million. In announcing that decision, in June 2009, the company said that it planned to reduce its number of celebrity profiles and how-to features, and increase the number of inspiring spiritual stories and stories about the military. In 1922, DeWitt Wallace started the magazine while he was recovering from shrapnel wounds received in World War I.[self-published source?


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She considers adult and young adult material and likes unusual characters or storylines, often with a darker edge. She also works closely with the Speakers Department at WME. Her passion has always been story and she currently works as a story coach helping writers, non-profits, educators and journalists wrangle their story onto the page.

In April 2010, the UK arm was sold to its management. It has a licensing deal with the US company to continue publishing the UK edition. In March 2007, Ripplewood Holdings LLC led a consortium of private-equity investors who bought the company through a leveraged buyout for US$2.8 billion, financed primarily by the issuance of US$2.2 billion of debt.

She is the principal author of the Where Writers Win blog, and speaks at conferences around the country on practical methods of author marketing. The Where Writers Win team’s mission is the “shrink the web” for authors. Their newest collaboration is The Winner Circle – vetted book review directories, accessto live book clubs, media contacts, and other curated resources for emerging authors. Her newest memoir Still Writing—a meditation on the artistic process and a searching look at her own creative life—is both a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life. Devotion is the subject of an hour-long conversation between Oprah and Shapiro that aired on Oprah’s show Super Soul Sunday .

Emily Pullen grew up and attended Grinnell College in Iowa, and then she lit out for the coasts — Boston, then Los Angeles, and finally Brooklyn. She has worked in bookstores since 2004 and has also done editorial work for independent press Two Dollar Radio. She is currently store and inventory manager at WORD in Brooklyn. All of Mitchard’s novels have been bestsellers, including The Most Wanted, A Theory of Relativity, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, Cage of Stars, Still Summer, No Time to Wave Goodbye and Second Nature. Mitchard has also written seven novels for young adults, the most recent being What We Saw at Night.

And if you’ve seen this magazine’s submission guidelines (which you can find by searching for “how to submit an article to Reader’s Digest“), you know that writing for Reader’s Digest is a competitive business. My tips will help you get your articles published in more magazines than you have time to write for. The most important thing you need to know about writing for Reader’s Digest is to eagerly, enthusiastically tackle revisions of your work. Do not think if your magazine article, query letter, or even an excerpt or book chapter of your memoir as “your baby.” It is your work, not your baby. But it is not perfect, and an editor can make it better.

We know you can never have too many resources to help you be the best writer you can be. In fact, we’re so sure you’ll benefit from working with us, we give you the chance to try before you buy. Check out all of our author services now, and choose the one that’s just right for you. The Canadian edition first appeared in July 1947 in French and in February 1948 in English, and today the vast majority of it is Canadian content. Nearly all major and minor articles are locally produced or selected from Canadian publications that match the Digest style. Usually, there is one American article in each issue.

In each market, local editors commission or purchase articles for their own markets and share content with U.S. and other editions. The selected articles are then translated by local translators and the translations edited by the local editors to make them match the “well-educated informal” style of the American edition. International editions have made Reader’s Digest the best-selling monthly journal in the world. Its worldwide circulation including all editions has reached 17 million copies and 70 million readers. ] published in 49 editions and 21 languages and is available in over 70 countries, including Slovenia, Croatia, and Romania in 2008.

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