October 2018 Safe haven By Tammy Cullers Writing cozy mysteries in a not-so-cozy world. Features 10 questions By Jen Glantz What writers need to ask before pitching an agent. Second-career agents By Ryan G. Van Cleave Are they the right literary match for you? The big thrill By K. L. Romo Prolific thriller author Jon Land gets real about mentorship, storytelling, and staying relevant in the current publishing climate. Writing magical realism By Jack Smith How modern writers seamlessly blend fantasy with reality. Judging a book by its cover By Kerrie Flanagan Tips for making your design stand out on the shelf. Thin skin By Susan Breen How to deal with criticism as a writer. Departments WRITING ESSENTIALS Double duty dialogue By Gail Radley The do’s and don’ts of rendering speech on the page. FREELANCE SUCCESS Choose passion By Pete Croatto A new take on the generalist-specialist debate. LITERARY SPOTLIGHT Analog Science Fiction and Fact By Melissa Hart This historic magazine puts the science in sci-fi. CONFERENCE INSIDER Left Coast Crime By Melissa Hart Six hundred mystery writers gather each spring to talk about craft – and murder. Also in Every Issue From the Editor Take Note Featuring Tammy Cullers, James Atlas, gifts for Poe fans, and more. Markets Niche magazines How I Write Stephanie Powell Watts: "I could write 30 pages of how a character meets another character and not wind up using any of it, but I’ll get to know that character. No writing is wasted."