Writer’s Digest Managing Editor Cassie Lipp has graciously joined us in conversation about her experiences with Writer’s Digest, her writing, and more.
Writer’s Digest is such a wonderful resource for both seasoned and aspiring writers. Give us a brief overview of your journey with WD and how you ascended to the position of Managing Editor.
It’s kind of a funny story. I graduated from college with a degree in English and journalism. Then I spent the next two years freelance writing and teaching creative writing while applying for jobs. I didn’t expect it to take nearly that long to find full-time work, but I’m glad that I continued to build my portfolio rather than taking whatever job I could get to pay the bills because I worked on some pretty amazing projects during that time. I was hired by the photographer Mike Spitz to write the text of Queen City Records, a coffee table book about the record stores of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Mike isn’t a writer himself, so he needed a writer local to Cincinnati to go to all the stores and interview the owners. He self-published that book at the end of 2017. I also began my own literary zine with a friend from college because I knew I wanted to work in publishing but didn’t exactly know how to break into that industry living in a town with zero publishing jobs.