Issue 56 (Dec/Jan/Feb 2012/13)

Special

Agenda
A little bird told me…
Bim Adewunmi investigates whether the social media really affect book sales

Interview
Diana Athill talks to Homa Khaleeli

Features
Freelance confidential: Viv Groskop provides an insiders guide to how to survive as an independent journo
Trick or treat? Claire Daly on some wild and wacky ways to make a manuscript jumo out of the slush pile
Dear Diary: Bidisha on how the diary habit can enliven and enrich your writing

Regulars

New writing
The affair: prose and poetry selected by Sarah Dunant

Making a poem
Pauline Stainer talks to Fiona Sampson

What went horribly wrong
for Attica Locke

Bedside table
What Judy Chicago likes to read

Plus…

Writing life
What went wrong, Big Question, Life coach, Make a difference, Make a splash

Inspirations
Memoir: the basics with Sally Cline
Fiction masterclass, What went wrong, Pen portrait, The creative mix, Making a poem

Books
Books to look out for, Book group, What’s new, How to write a bestseller, Independent press profile

Directory
Everything a writer needs to know: competitions, calls for submissions, grants, courses, events, contacts, venues