A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012


Available in two spiralbound or PDF ebook editions.

Standard Edition, 134 pages:
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Almanac Edition which includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions, 182 pages:
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A Working Writer’s Daily Planner is the perfect place to keep everything writing-related: whether it’s the minutia of deadlines and word counts, the writing ideas and inspirations that insist on being jotted down, or the most private hopes and dreams. There’s nothing like having this planner in hand to show how much time, effort, thought, and love a writer puts into writing.

Our redesigned third annual Daily Planner is the perfect gift for anyone interested in writing from teenager to grandparent. Cover and interior art by Kathleen Jennings.

Praise for previous editions:

“I know some writers who have spent many, many hours trying to figure out the ins and outs of residency programs, grant applications and even MFA programs in creative writing. A lot of that work is done for you here, with those deadlines detailed and looming some time before their due dates.”
—Jacket Copy, Los Angeles Times

“Like many writers, I have a thing for shiny new planners, dreams of organization and a complete lack of follow-through after March. No more, my friends! A gift from a fellow writer will keep my bad thang on track—at least until June. A Working Writer’s Daily Planner from Small Beer Press is a practical planner for those of us who are distracted by bright and shiny things (like Facebook, admit it). Spiral bound, good quality paper to take the ink and chock-full of goodies such as writing exercises, paper dolls and workshop information (plus much more), it’s already been marked up with deadlines and dog-eared.”

“An incredible gift for your favorite writer, or yourself.”
Kelli Russell

“What I just pulled out of the shipping box is a solid little book of 144 pages of text printed on a good stock of 6×9-inch paper and spiral bound to lay flat. The spiral, by the way, is made of a heavy wire and bent in at the ends, so it should both stay on the book and make it through the year.”
Women of Mystery


How to Format a Manuscript
“A Mayan Apocalypse Primer for the WorkingWriter,” Michael J. DeLuca
“Ladies, Please!,” Sarah Rees Brennan
State Arts Grants
“What I Know About Literary Agents,” Geoffrey Goodwin
“Rewriting,” Kelley Eskridge
“A Short 2012 Reading List,”Su-Yee Lin
Future Planning
Further Resources
Contest and Award Fees
CLMP Contest Code of Ethics
“A (Mostly) Contemporary British Reading List,” Rebecca Isherwood
Fifty First Sentences
Residency Spotlight
Submission Tracker
“111 Contradictory Writing Suggestions,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Science Fiction Spotlight
A Reading List of  Favorite Romances,” Kelly Link
“Bestsellers: Do They Last?”

2010 & 2011 EXTRAS (Almanac Edition only)

Book Festivals
Writing Exercise: A Reality Show Story
“The Editorial Assistant,” Rebecca Isherwood
“How to Find a Writing Group,” Ben Francisco
Six Reading Lists
An Even Dozen Writing Prompts
Debut Author Interview: Kelly Link interviews N.K. Jemisin
Writing Exercise: A Play on Words
“Story Idea Generation,” Kelly Link
“What I Know About Writing,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Writing Exercise: Genre Musical Chairs
“Reading as a Writer,” Kelly Link
“How to End a Story,” Nick Mamatas
Writing Exercise: The Cliché Trainwreck
Where to Find Out About MFA Programs
April is National Poetry Month: Spotlight on Poetry
Writing Exercise: Truth or Fiction
“Beyond Competent and Accomplished: A Call to Action for Workshoppers,” Kelly Link
“Trivia Vs. Writing Real Stories,” Kate Wilhelm
Writing Exercise: Dialogue
Online Writing Workshop Spotlight
Writing Exercise: Soundtrack First
Photo and Illustration Credits

A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012 Sample