Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: What is your favorite writing publication (magazine, quarterly, etc.) and why?
Lisa J. Jackson: Can I list NHWN? I really learn a lot from this blog from my fellow bloggers and those who comment. I love resources that offer variety and this blog does that. But in regard to an actual publication, it varies. Writer’s Digest can offer great tips, Poets & Writers really gets into craft, Writer’s Market is great for, well, finding markets and their online version seems to keep up-to-date with new markets, and those that are closing. A fave online weekly newsletter is Writing for Dollars by Dan Case because Dan always has a helpful writing-related article and lists low, medium, and high paying markets. I’m always finding something new.
Jamie Wallace: I’m with Lisa – Poets & Writers and Writer’s Digest are two solid and entertaining writing publications. I recently renewed my subscription to Poets & Writers when the instructor of the class I took at Grub Street Writers basically told all of her students to go out and get a subscription immediately. Although she is a fan of the magazine’s excellent articles and interviews, she also called attention to the value of all the “short form” content in the magazine – little blurbs and announcements, for instance – that help writers stay abreast of what’s happening in the industry. I also love scanning the ads and classifieds. The other resource I will be checking out soon (and about which I have heard fellow children’s authors rave) is SCBWI - The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. They offer members two online publications that provide insider information on what’s happening in the world of children’s literature. I definitely want in on that!
Julie Hennrikus: I don’t read magazines as much as I used to, and I stopped subscribing to most of them. My apartment was starting to look like an episode of Hoarders. That said, Writer’s Digest is a great tool. And if you are working in a genre, there are magazines that are great to read to get to know names of writers in the genre and reviewers. If you are a mystery writer, Mystery Scene and Crimespree are great magazines. And reading Ellery Queen and/or Alfred Hitchcock makes sense, since they publish a lot of fiction. And then there are the blogs. . .