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Writing is a funny business.

Meet Debora, the writer of Verbolatry. Her pen has a mind of its own.

In the virtual pages of this newsletter, within the frames of six-panel black-and-white cartoons, Debora and her pen wrestle with the strange, weird and wonderful occurrences in the everyday life of a writer
. Laugh and sigh, grin and grumble, sulk and smirk with them as they navigate the pleasures and pitfalls of the writing world, where chuckles and chagrin abound. Grab your fortnightly fix of mirth.

What you get

Articles, interviews, news, and reviews? No. Market listings, calls for submissions, writing contests, and courses? Nope. Advice, Q&A, discussion forums and writing grants? None of that.

We don't overtly guide you on the path to "success", we don't teach or preach "best practices" or claim to offer silver bullets to get around those pesky problems that litter the writing life. You won't become famous and you definitely won't get rich. What you will get, however, is a two-minute fun break from the rigors of writing and perhaps some insight, Debora-style, into what it means to be a writer. Pitches, rejections, negotiation, editors... we deal with them all!

We'll even try to provide a selection of useful and interesting products and services for writers, courtesy our advertisers.

No one said writing had to be serious. Lighten up a little!

Want to make your own?

Every website can do with a mascot. Contact Devyani at v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com to discuss how we can help you build your own cartoon character!

Editors and Publishers

Debora's Pen is a series of cartoons revolving around Debora, the writer.

Colour: Black-and-white line
Sizes: 2-panels and 6-panels

Here's what some other editors and publishers are saying about it:

"I fell in love with Debora... 
Thought you'd (all) appreciate relating to her writing issues... 
I've started trying to put some logos/photos in the feature piece, and your little girl seemed perfect... I think Debora is very cute. Clean and to the point. You ought to start a newsletter about Debora - brief with a lesson of sort. I think writers would love it... 
Excited about reading them!"
C. Hope Clark
Editor, Funds For Writers

"These are definitely cute... I love it! I absolutely love it!"
Moira Allen
Publisher, Writing World

"These are adorable!"
Nicole Cliffe
Editor, The Toast

"These are very well constructed and interesting"
Leon Ogroske
Editor, Writers' Journal

"Charming! I obviously like the cartoon"
Virginia Howard
Editor, Thema Literary

"That was a good comic you sent me. I liked the line drawings, and I thought it was clever."
Bill Kenower
Editor-in-Chief, Author Magazine

View previous issues of the newsletter here.

Like what you see?

Are you looking to include Debora's Pen cartoons in your own newsletter/magazine? First and reprint rights are available! Contact Devyani at v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com for details. Lift the tone and freshen up the face of your magazine with these delightful illustrations that take a satirical packed-with-punch look at the writing life!

We think these cartoons would make a cool book, too!

Debora wants to become as famous a writer as Sherlock Holmes is a detective. Contact Devyani at v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com if you're up for the opportunity.

Want to make your own?

Every website can do with a mascot. Contact Devyani at v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com to discuss how we can help you build your own cartoon character!


We're not accepting submissions at this time.

We've just concluded the very successful debut of our Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016 and we hope to hear from you next year. In the meantime, stay tuned for some more exciting news!


Our niche newsletter focuses on the lighter side of the writing life. This works greatly in our favour to attract the kind of readership you may be looking for, because it hooks not just one type of reader--only writers or only editors or only publishers--but works for all three! Take advantage of our growing subscriber base to get maximum eyeballs for your products and services with minimum investment. Our ad rates are very modest. In fact, they are so shy and retiring, you'll need to contact Devyani at v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com for details.

What you get

Not only do you get a place for your advertisement in our newsletter issue for the month, but because all newsletters are archived on the website, you also get a permanent place in the newsletter archives, so your advertisement remains here for all to see, forever.

You'll be the ones having the last laugh... all the way to the bank!

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