But What About The Magazine?

Writer's Digest

No news yet about the fate of Writer’s Digest magazine as a result of its parent company bankruptcy, but as of June 7th, Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, acquired the F+W Media Books division, which includes over 2,000 titles and accounts for some $22 million in annual revenue. That’s good news for writers interested in seeing the extensive catalog of Writer’s Digest how-to and non-fiction titles remaining in print, and quite possibly, enjoying even better distribution in bookstores with PRH’s muscle behind them. Some critics complain that separating F+W Media’s Books division from the magazines, websites, online courses, etc. is unwise. The business model was based not on books vs. ‘other’, but on individual areas of interest – writing and other hobbies. Keep in mind that F+W Media published titles in many different hobby and special interest categories. Not sure what suitors are in line for Writer’s Digest the magazine (the bankruptcy auction date for the non-book assets and properties of F+W Media has already passed), and I see no news at WD’s website, or any of the usual online ‘buzz’ about it. Guess I’ll just continue to watch my mailbox when the next issue is due.

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