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


Stephenie Meyer and the first draft

Hi Writers,I’ve been editing a feature for an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest. It’s entitled “Roughing up your First Draft.” There’s a quote from Ernest Hemingway in the lead: “The First Draft of Anything is Shit” In light of this quote, I’ve been thinking about Stephenie Meyer, author of the mega-selling Twilight series. I’m...

Guest Post from Author Christina Katz

Hi Writers, Apologies again for my failure to keep up with the blog as of late. We’ve been going through a marketing restructuring at F+W Media, the parent company of Writer’s Digest, so I’ve been assigned some new duties and am figuring out my new work flow. Since I’ve been so busy I’ve enlisted...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 019

One of my favorite prompts way back in April during the PAD Challenge was when I asked people to write a poem where they slip into the skin of someone or something else. With that prompt in mind, I think I’ve come up with another fun one that is somewhat similar. For this week’s...

Great Story Seminar…

Hey, guys– We’ll have some cool posts over the next few days… some great book recommendations, interviews– and per your question– we’ll discuss the highwire act of being a single parent and attempting to start a career in television writing.  But first… I wanted to give you a heads-up re: a great educational opportunity. ...

Maui Success Story

Hi Writers,I’m finally recovering from the 6-hour jet lag from Hawaii following the Maui Writers Conference and a week of frolicking on the big island—swimming in the wild with dolphins and watching hot lava spill into the sea—talk about inspiration! The Maui Writers Conference was fabulous. Brian wrote some great post-conference articles including Gary...

Are E-Mails Copyrighted?

Q: I’m working on a book that includes several passages from e-mail messages I’ve received—stories, poems, quotes, etc. What obligations do I have when it comes to using the e-mails? Also, is it OK to get anecdotes (relevant experiences for nonfiction article topics) from people online through chat rooms and bulletin boards?—Anonymous A: According...

Sweet (Writing) Dreams Are Made of These

I hope your Labor Day weekend respite was relaxing and full of SPF 30  lotion focused on your shoulders or higher. Before I move on to real  time blogging  I just want to congratulate everyone on the fantastic  outpouring for the Commenting Story Adventure. It is always a great  sign when the number of...

Michelle Andelman Leaves Andrea Brown Literary

I just got word that associate agent Michelle Andelman of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is leaving to be a literary scout with Franklin & Siegel. Michelle was one of many agents at ABLA who focuses on children’s material.  We’ve met at a few conferences over the years. Update: Michelle has e-mailed me to...

'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to all who entered the first-ever “Worst Storyline Contest” here on the GLA blog.  We got approximately 185 entries!  The judging is over and the winning lines are below (as well as some commentary from me).  Special thanks to several WD and WD Books staffers who weighed in on the judging, and congrats...

The Don'ts of Book Submissions

Aloha writerly friends, I’m back from the Maui Writers Conference. It was definitely hard to drag myself into the office today, but I made it. Maria refused to come home until she had evened out her tan, so don’t expect her back until early next week. In the meantime, I thought I’d pass along...

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing

Just want to remind people they can sign up for my Fundamentals of Poetry Writing course offered on WritersOnlineWorkshops.com by going to: http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/retail/courses.aspx?r=fundamentals-of-poetry-writing. It should be a fun and informative course that gives poets a chance to write some new poems and receive feedback from peers and myself. The online course runs from September...

Upcoming Conferences & Festivals: September Edition

Once again, thanks to MovieMaker magazine and its FestFlash emails for this great list of upcoming festivals, contests, and conferences… UPCOMING FESTIVALS & CALL FOR ENTRIESAFI FEST 2008 presented by Audi, slated for October 30th to November 9th, brings the best of world cinema to the heart of Hollywood for 11 days this fall....

5 Nifty Google Writing Tools

Hi, writers, Maria is likely sipping exotic neon cocktails and hanging out with top writers as the Maui Writers Conference wraps up in Hawaii, so this week I’m taking over The Writer’s Perspective and the WD fort in Cincinnati, wearing an old lei from a luau-themed office party. I originally planned to blog about...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 018

I don’t know. Maybe it’s the diet I’ve recently put myself on. Maybe it’s the approach of autumn festivals and the thought of funnel cakes and soft pretzels. Or maybe it’s just the poets I’ve been reading. Regardless, it feels as if I’ve been reading a lot of poems recently dealing with food-food-food (yummy,...

'Worst Storyline Ever' Closed, Judging in Progress …

To all those of you who entered the “Worst Storyline Ever” contest last month, know that the contest is now closed and that entries are being judged.  I hope to have a winner picked out within one week of today.  We received a lot of entries, so the judging won’t be easy! “Worst Storyline...

How To Write a Novel Synopsis (2009 GLA Excerpt)

The 2009 Guide to Literary Agents has been out for about a month and a half.  Inside the the newest edition fo the book, readers will find oddles of agent information concerning who’s looking for what and how to submit.  Also, the book has instructional articles on queries, synopses, proposals and everything else.  Here...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Sandra Beasley

This interview has been a work-in-progress since May of this year, even if Sandra Beasley wasn’t in the loop on it. When I was in Los Angeles earlier this year for BookExpo America, I brought along a copy of Hotel Amerika for reading purposes and was floored by a poem about a translator by...

A Message from the Writers Guild

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to post this email sent this evening from Writers Guild presidents Patric Verrone and Michael Winship.  They say some interesting things about the post-strike world of new media and online entertainment, as well as their stance on the current standoff between studios and the Screen Actors Guild…Dear Fellow Members, It’s Labor...

READER QUESTION: TV Spec-Writing Advice?

Today’s question comes from Peggy, an aspiring TV writer who lives in Florida.  Peggy writes… “I love Law & Order: SVU, and I am working on a script.  Any suggestions for me?” Well, first of all, Peggy—congratulations on starting your spec!  I’m not sure exactly what stage you’re at, but I think simply starting...

Everyone have a great weekend!

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the States, so I get a 3-day weekend with my sons and family reunions on both Sunday (in Northwest Indiana) and Monday (in Southwest Ohio). Woo-hoo! Also, I want to remind y’all that the deadline for the Fake Bio Note contest is drawing near. So before you get...

TheWB.com Launches!

This may not mean much to some of you, but to those of you who were fans of Buffy, Roswell, Veronica Mars, and Angel (I’m not mentioning Gilmore Girls… sorry), this is freakin’ awesome news!… As announced this spring, TheWB.com has finally launched!  Basically, it’s a resurrection of the original WB network, but entirely...

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Agent Michael Bourret Interview at CWIM

Another editor here – the wonderful Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market – has recently interviewed literary agent Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.  The whole interview is over on Alice’s CWIM blog. As you may have guessed, most of the interview questions deal with children’s writing, especially his search...

10 Query Letter Tips

In the most recent issue of Writer’s Digest magazine (Sept/Oct. 2008), the big focus is on agents, so I got to write a lot of material for the issue.  One smaller article I wrote that’s getting a lot of attention over at writersdigest.com is a basic piece called “10 Tips You Need to Know...