The Digital Writer’s Review, a weekly roundup of news, reviews and other stuff for digital writers and indie publishers, is getting a makeover and standing on its own.
Right now, the Review is hosted by Paper.Li, a marvelous little website that lets you create a digital newspaper on any topic you want, free of charge, from various web sources including Twitter feeds, RSS feeds and other social media content. The Review began as a sort of experiment in content curation – something that fascinates me, as an old teacher at heart. But it’s becoming more obvious that it has a role beyond that – and it needs room to grow into that role.
Paper.Li gathers all the relevant information from the sources you tell it to, and then presents it in a customizable newpaper format. You can click on the sidebar and get to the current issue right here.
But the problem with that format is that it’s only customizable to a point, and some choices are pretty limited. The Review is now finding its identity and gaining readership, so it needs to stand on its own two feet.
So in April 2015, The Digital Writer’s Review will be launched as a standalone, monthly online magazine, with a tighter focus on the digital writing and publishing world. It’ll be free, hopefully supported by sponsors and advertisers down the line.
The goal of The Digital Writer’s Review is simple and in line with the mission of this website: to help writers find the most useful and reliable information and tools to further their writing goals. With that in mind, it’ll still be a roundup of posts, articles and reviews of websites, products and resources, but it will also have room for brand new pieces and images submitted by you, the writers and publishers it hopes to serve.
In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some general submission guidelines on the DWR page here, and answering inquiries and pitches via email:
Right now, free is free – but with your support, I’ll be able to offer more compensation than the good old fame and glory of a publication credit and exposure for your brand.
Watch this space.