Writing Editor Blogs

The Writer’s Dig
by Brian A. Klems

Online Editor Brian A. Klems covers everything about writing on his blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, he’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from himself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out his advice—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by Chuck Sambuchino

GLA Editor Chuck Sambuchino keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences on his blog. Common features include agent interviews, new agency listings, agency profiles, upcoming conferences of interest, contests and other publishing opportunities, valuable writing resources, submission tips and information, and a blogroll of other agent blogs. Read Chuck’s Blog


There Are No Rules
by the editors of Writer’s Digest

Get on the cutting edge of today’s publishing trends and how authors can succeed in a world of fast-paced technological change, guided by the editors of Writer’s Digest. You’ll get an inside look at the work, play, and passion of the publishing business and find practical tools for success. Read There Are No Rules


Poetic Asides
by Robert Brewer

Published poet Robert Lee Brewer blogs on issues affecting poets from the poet’s perspective. As the editor of Writer’s Market, Brewer also shares insights on the publishing industry, especially as it relates to poetry and the poetry markets. He also explains poetic forms, interviews other published poets, and provides the occasional poetry prompt. Read Robert’s Blog


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My Adventures in Reno (2009) …

Reno – I’m back. This past weekend, I was at the Truckee Meadows Community College Writers’ Conference (usually just called the Reno Writers’ Conference) and everything went well. Conference attendance was near an all-time high despite the recession.

What Would Be Your Ideal Online Writing Course?

One of my primary goals this year is to remake the Writer’s Digest online workshop program into something valuable and remarkable for writers—whether it’s to help you better your writing or speed your path to publication. The webinars are one way we’re trying something new, and we have even more ideas for dynamic and...

The #1 Way NOT To Break Into Hollywood

Hey, folks— Sorry I’ve been awol for a few days… I just returned this weekend from a week in Nashville.  I run a program for my school, Vanderbilt, called Vandy-in-Hollywood, which is a networking organization for students and alumni working or interested in entertainment.  The centerpiece of the group is the summer internship program,...

The First Five Minutes: How Editors Evaluate Your Manuscript

This afternoon, I presented a webinar with Alice Pope on how you can critically review your manuscript (particularly the first pages) for red flags that lead to a rejection from an editor or agent. A big thank-you to the first 25 participants who were courageous enough to allow us to critique their first pages!...

Tips on Rewriting From Your Peers

Two weeks ago, I asked newsletter readers to submit any thoughts or tips they had on rewriting that could possibly help other scribes.  Well, I got a bunch of responses – and enough good ones that I decided to post a handful of them here so they don’t go to waste.  Thank you to...

10 Seats Left for WD Intensive (Visit HQ, Get a Critique)

Just a quick reminder that March 11 (tomorrow) is the el cheapo deadline for registering for the Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive on March 21-22. (The late registration fee kicks in March 12.) This is the event where we invite you to our headquarters in Cincinnati for a weekend to participate in a day’s worth...

Perhaps Piracy Is Exactly What Publishing Needs

The issue of piracy flared up on this blog a few weeks back, with some readers disagreeing with me about piracy as a potential good thing. I found the following viewpoint fascinating—inspired by a piece in the Guardian, and shared and commented on at Teleread (a major blog devoted to e-books). The Guardian said:...

On the Cost-Benfit Analysis of Sleep vs Productivity

So obviously, the timing on this will seem off, but I wrote the majority of this blog entry at 5 AM during a rest stop in the midst of a marathon session of writing, and since I know you respect and care about the creative process, it only seemed fair to publish the manuscript...

How the Internet Has Got Publishing By Its Tail

I recently did an hour-long interview with the delightful Patricia Volonakis Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Harlots’ Sauce Radio. Patricia describes the interview with me as such: Those of us who read books, and those of us who write them, will be equally enthralled with [this] interview on Harlots’ Sauce Radio this month. You’ll find her...

Write Your Pilot… and Sell It– THIS MONTH!

Hey, all– Just wanted to let you all know… I’m teaching my “Pilot Writing” course for Mediabistro again this month, and if you’re in L.A., I’d love to see you all there!  This seminar is a blast… it’s one of my favorite classes to teach… and you’ll learn everything you need to know about...

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Agent Advice: Kelly Sonnack of The Andrea Brown Literary Agency

This installment features Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Kelly recently joined the ABLA after leaving the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She is seeking: all types of children's literature (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels). In picture books and middle grade fiction, Kelly looks for a good sense of...

The End of the Advance?

Strangely enough, I had not one but two important conversations about book advances yesterday.  First, I was talking with my agent, Sorche Fairbank, who relayed some good news: The first book proposal we worked on recently attracted a good publisher and that publisher had offered us a book deal.  (A book deal!)  But then...

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Sandy Lu Joins L. Perkins Agency

Lori Perkins has an agency in New York. I blogged this agency a while back when Jenny Rappaport left the agency to form her own. Now, Lori has taken on a new agent: Sandy Lu. Fiction areas of interest: literary and commercial fiction, upscale women's fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, and historical fiction. She is...

Pay Money Upfront?

Q. Could you tell me if [name] of [redacted] Talent & Model Agency is an authorized agent for publishing books. She wants an upfront fee of $12,000, and it makes me wonder. Please let me know      – L.Z. A. It’s not a question of being “authorized,” it’s a matter of being reputable and honest – and...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Erica's Logline

Hey, folks– Today’s Pitch Workshop submission comes from Erica, who’s looking for feedback on the logline for her feature film idea, Love Bites.  Below is Erica’s logline… eagerly awaiting your notes! Title: Love BitesGenre: Romantic ComedyLogline: To reclaim a powerful amulet and battle Van Helsing’s heir, Dracula’s son must learn how to seduce a...

Join Me as I Get Bipolar on the Radio This Weekend! (Internet Radio)

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to tune in this weekend when I’m a guest on LA Talk Radio‘s “Bipolar Nation” this weekend!  LA Talk Radio is LA’s premiere Internet radio site, and “Bipolar Nation,” Bert Hamaoui and Susan Schofield‘s talk show, explores current controversies all things political, social, and entertainment. This...

To Succeed at Your Art, Know How to Play Well in Business

This week I’m in a somewhat philosophic frame of mind; maybe it’s because I’m facing new challenges at my job that stretch the boundaries of what I once thought I could enjoy. In my early days as an acquisitions editor for F+W Media, I found this quote by David M. Ogilvy: In the modern...

5.75 Questions You've Been Avoiding

About a year ago, I discovered a little video (via The Chief Happiness Officer) called The 5.75 Questions You’ve Been Avoiding. Ever since then, I’ve had the 5 questions on a little note sticking out of my dormant rolodex that really serves as a miscellaneous inspiration file (see end of this post). The 5...

Discussions Had; Solutions Put Forth; Issues Resolved!

Friends, Post my little public display of reflection, I received a prompt and timely email from the new WD editor, who then quickly got to the bottom of said issue (turns out there was a miscommunication re: invoices), and together we peacefully sat down and negotiated a fantastic way out of said scenario, so...

Live Chat With Agent Michael Bourret

The Web site Editor Unleashed, which is run by former WD editor Maria Schneider, is hosting a live forum chat with agent Michael Bourret of the Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. Michael Bourret. The chat goes down from 1-2 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11.  Visit the EU Web site here.  If you’re writing juvenile...