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 Cris Freese
The GLA blog keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences. 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 the Guide to Literary Agents 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


Literary Agents Talk Blogging, Twitter and More

Outside, it was a warm Friday afternoon at Myrtle Beach. Inside, eager, nervous writers filled a windowless room at the South Carolina Writers Workshop, hoping to learn how to do the “social networking” thing that we keep hearing is no longer optional. Guest Blogger Michelle Hodkin writes for young adults, tweets (MichelleHodkin) and blogs.

Pilot-writing Seminar next Tuesday!

Hey, everyone– Thanks so much to all of you who came to last week’s Final Draft/Script magazine and Writers Boot Camp panel, “Getting into the Writers Room.”  It was a terrific evening, and it was great seeing some of you there! Wanted to let you all know about another great opportunity… Next Tuesday, Nov....

Every Writer Needs a Little Salesperson Inside

It’s not a natural thing for most creative people to sell their work, but when it comes time to publish, you have to know something about how to sell. You have to put in the effort, make the calls, not get beat down by rejection. (It’s why I love this Alec Baldwin video, and...

Writer's Digest Hits Top 10 Amazon List

Just got word that our recent release, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations With 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft by Mike Sacks, hit Amazon’s Top 10 List of Best Entertainment Books in 2009. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, and said, “Veteran journalist Sacks conducted dozens of interviews with the top humor...

How I Found My Agent: Marisha Chamberlain

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

Agent Sara Crowe's Call for Young Adult Submissions

Sara Crowe, an agent with Harvey Klinger, Inc, recently posted an in-depth post concerning exactly what she looks for in a young adult submission.  Fascinating stuff, considering this is exactly the kind of thing writers need to see to pinpoint the best fits for their work. Here’s some example text from the post: “I am...

Looking for Your Feedback: What Do Established Writers Need?

One of the biggest criticisms or complaints about Writer’s Digest (usually the magazine) is that it’s for wannabes, and that after a few years, the advice/information either becomes repetitive or irrelevant, especially for someone who works at the professional level. I’ve been daydreaming about how to develop a new periodical that would offer information...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 10/30/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Check out new Twitter lists: List of Tweeps most often included in weekly Best Tweets for Writers (always...

Cover Band Soap Opera: 'Alive' by Pearl Jam

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up of us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing...

No Time for A Novel in a Month? How About a Literary Journal Challenge?

They’re “The best of the mysterious, elusive things,” they’re “A gateway to discovering your next favorite writer,” they can be “frequently dull, pretentious, willfully obscure,” they’re “Vital to the survival of modern literature” and they’re “Not read enough.” Or at least that’s what the editors of some literary journals said in our roundup of...

Flannery O'Connor: Five for Friday

Flannery O’Connor was the first great writer to be educated in an MFA program.  I learned this Wednesday night in my literature seminar (I passed in that 10 page paper, by the way. It ended up being 12). She studied at Iowa under the instruction of Paul Engle. In the introduction to The Complete...

The Battle of Resistance

This is a guest post from monthly contributor and storytelling genius Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. The photo above shows Darrelyn’s youngest son, Jesse, emerging from battle to hand his mommy a pink crayon and a gardenia on his first birthday on May 28, 1987. (For more great stories from Darrelyn, click on...

Poetry Inspires

   Rita Dove, an American poet and author said, “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.”  I think, as fiction writers (or writers of any sort for that matter) it is important to ingest as much of this form as possible.  There’s all this: the beauty of the language, the imagery,...

The Day I Picked Up a Hitchhiker

Risk more than others think is safe.Care more than others think is wise.Dream more than others think is practical.Expect more than others think is possible. —Claude Bissell There’s a story I love to tell in the presence of The Conductor, because it upsets him so much (in a cute way). When I was 17,...

READER QUESTION: Are screenwriting contests a waste of time?

Thanks to Elaine Luddy Kionicki for today’s question, which she asked in response to Sunday’s post about Scriptapalooza.  Elaine writes: Hey Chad. Most screenwriting books say that contests are a waste of time and money, and you’ve said in a previous post that contests rarely pay off, but it sounds like you’re endorsing this...

The Age-Old Battle Between Author & Publisher

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author. —Charles Caleb Colton Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. —A. A. Milne...

What Every Blogger Should Know (Plus Prompt)

Blogging. Some professional writers loathe it, regarding it as a cheapening of their art. Others adore it, and do it for the sheer love of the instant form. Some accept it as a necessary evil in a platform development often key to securing a book deal. Others do it for the joy of broadcasting...

How to Get an Agent’s Attention (SCWW Guest Post)

Eleven agents attended the SCWW conference and four participated in the panel discussion “What Gets Our Attention.” They didn't mention fun things like serving them mashed potatoes in the buffet line or skywriting your query over lovely Myrtle Beach. Instead, they gave us simple advice, a great reminder that it’s not really rocket science. This...

The Story Chooses Us

Yesterday was a rough day. A rough writing day. It was one of those days when you write a sentence, erase that sentence, write another sentence, erase that sentence, and on and on and on. I would begin a story, but I couldn’t move forward. I was stuck. It was as if my body,...