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10-01-2008, 10:04 PM
Did anyone happen to read today's Featured Article on the Writer'sDigest.com website -- "Escaping the Slushpile?" If so, what do you think about it? I thought it was kind of strange.

10-01-2008, 10:39 PM
I don't know if the author was trying to be facetious; if they were, they were a little off the mark.

10-01-2008, 10:46 PM
All us lazy people want a linkie. ;)

10-01-2008, 10:47 PM
I don't know if the author was trying to be facetious; if they were, they were a little off the mark.

Actually, I think the trouble was that the AUTHOR didn't know if they were being facetious or not...

Lyra Jean
10-01-2008, 10:47 PM
Yes, where's the link?

10-02-2008, 12:12 AM
Sorry, but for some reason I can't seem to display the link. However, put writersdigest.com in your search site and click "go." From the page that appears you will find the link near or at the beginning -- click on.

10-02-2008, 12:14 AM
I tried to put it up too and it wouldn't work. Don't think he's all that funny though.

10-02-2008, 12:16 AM
It's tewtally linktastic, kids! (http://www.writersdigest.com/article/roeder-report-slush-pile/)

Lyra Jean
10-02-2008, 12:24 AM
It's tewtally linktastic, kids! (http://www.writersdigest.com/article/roeder-report-slush-pile/)

I didn't find it particularly funny or helpful.

Lyra Jean
10-02-2008, 12:29 AM
A recent article topic was "What Agents Hate." Even if you're not seeking representation right now, it's still a humorous article to read.

Link (http://www.writersdigest.com/article/what-agents-hate/)

This was much more helpful. I especially liked what this agent said:

“In romance (http://www.fwbookstore.com/category/romance?r=bcwd), I can’t stand this scenario: A woman is awakened to find a strange man in her bedroom—and then automatically finds him attractive. I’m sorry, but if I awoke to a strange man in my bedroom, I’d be reaching for a weapon—not admiring the view.”
—Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency

10-02-2008, 01:15 AM
then he missed the target by a couple of miles. On the other hand, if he was serious... well, that's one more reason not to read crap.


Clair Dickson
10-02-2008, 01:23 AM
Sadly, there are going to be readers of WD who take that seriously. =(

10-02-2008, 02:32 AM

I think that someone has an over-inflated opinion of his own sense of humor.

10-02-2008, 03:12 AM
I think this was trying to be funny?


10-02-2008, 08:24 AM
Yeah it was meant to be funny.

It wasn't.

10-02-2008, 09:06 AM
I'm glad the article on slush-piles is trying to be funny. I took it seriously until the whole giving socks with submissions thing. I actually read in Writer's Market that it is one of the worst things you could do.

I already followed the rules of Know the Company and Priority Mail, since that just comes with the WIP being important to me.

I found "What Agents Hate" much more helpful, although many of the things they listed I actually like to do in my writing. :(

10-03-2008, 12:43 AM
I took the article as all of you did -- unfunny humor. However, I then said: "Wait, am I maybe missing something? After all, this was sanctioned by Writer's Digest."

Thanks for letting me know I'm not 100% nuts.

10-11-2008, 03:01 AM
Writer's Digest=take many of the articles with a grain of salt. And ignore the ads totally.

10-11-2008, 06:41 AM
And very unfunny.

Ali B
10-11-2008, 06:51 AM
It had the potential to be funny but didn't quite make it.

10-11-2008, 07:32 AM
I read writing magazines for good, solid information on how to write, market manuscripts, etc....NOT for juvenile attempts at humor. And I really can picture some poor souls taking it seriously.

10-11-2008, 08:19 AM
Anyone else find WD just isn't as a good a magazine as it used to be? Or maybe I've just learned enough that I know what's grain and what's chaf?

10-11-2008, 11:00 AM
It's really not as good as it used to be, years ago. I think they ran out of ideas for new and interesting articles a long time ago, so they use a lot of mediocre filler. I rarely find anything worthwhile anymore.

Lyra Jean
10-11-2008, 06:59 PM
I don't buy the magazine anymore. Are there any good writing magazines out there?

10-12-2008, 02:05 AM
The Writer is still good, and I occasionally buy Writers Journal although a lot of their pages are taken up with contest winners. Still, every now and then they have something very worthwhile.