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Frequency: Eight times a year
Special issues: There are four additional newsstand-only issues, but editors don't typically acquire freelance content for them.
Background: A special energy comes from info-sharing with other practitioners of your particular industry. For writers, that magic happens across the pages of the aptly titled Writer's Digest. In print and online, it's an organ for a readership composed largely of novelists and short-story writers, as well as some freelancers and nonfiction scribes who want to strengthen their skills, stretch the boundaries of their talent and, eventually, hopefully, enjoy longevity in publishing.
The magazine has provided its readers with tips and ideas since 1920 and now, according to editor Jessica Strawser, she and her team are particularly focused on creating content that covers a little bit of everything. "More and more, with the importance of platform building, writers look at their careers a lot less single-mindedly," she explained. "I just had a novelist pitch me an idea on why novelists should be freelance writers because the bio at the end of all their articles can promote their novel. So I think writers are looking for diversifying their careers and being a little bit more savvy about that."