I believe it's important for a writer to stay on top of his or her craft, much like doctors, lawyers, plumbers, chefs, and others do in their professions.
I subscribe to several magazines that keep me informed about marketing, publishing houses, agents, authors, contests, promotion -- just about everything that authors need to know about the craft and business of writing.
The Writer and Writer's Digest provide an abundance of advice and information for novelists, poets, essayists, and others. These magazines offer practical, nuts-and-bolts articles that keep me, for the most part, on the straight and narrow of writing.
Another publication I enjoy is Poets & Writers, which generally has in-depth features on writers, agents, and trends. The magazine also lists grants and awards available for writers.
I also subscribe to Bookmarks, a magazine that is all about books. It's loaded with reviews of old and new books from various reputable sources, author interviews, ethnic literature, and book groups.
While I read a lot of articles and blogs about writing on the Internet, I still enjoy the feel of the printed product in my hands.
Until the next time...