Advantages Huge amount of up to date, vital information for writers
Disadvantages Archives still need some work
Writers Open Workshop is unique in the scope and quantity of the information it presents for writers, artist and photographers who want to sell their work world wide.
It was first produced as an email newsletter back in 1998, with the website following in early 2000. While many others which tried to cover the same subject have either closed down or converted to paid subscription, WOWNews remains free. Each monthly issue contains news of around 15 - 20 new magazine launches, 15 - 20 other markets which are currently looking for material, a similar number of contact details for current and forthcoming competitions, features on the art of selling more of your work, interviews with successful writers and reviews of new books.
WOWNews has two great strengths: 1) The information provided is often way ahead of other similar magazines. The news of new launches in particular gives their subscribers the lead of other writers by several weeks. Also this is one of the few ezines which provides competition details for several months ahead giving you plenty of time to refine your entry.
2)They are dedicated to helping new writers get published. There is regular feed back from subscribers telling how the information they found in WOWNews led to their first sale.
If there are any drawbacks it is the archived material. The site is still being redesigned and some of the back issues are still hard to find, but this is a huge task and given time it will all be there.
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