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


Make Waves Online to Create a Path to Print Publication

On this blog, someone recently commented/asked: One big concern a lot of online writers have is the issue of first rights. Does publishing even part of a novel online prevent you from getting a deal with a publishing house? So far, I have posted about 20% of mine on my blog and only just...

April PAD Challenge: Day 10

In some circles, today is known as Good Friday. In other circles, every Friday is good (mostly because the weekend has begun). For the rest, Fridays aren’t anything special. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem about Friday. Do you like Fridays? Despise Fridays? Of course, you can also write about...

Thanks to Query Letter Survivors, Plus Free Resources

Today I hosted a 90-minute session on query letters, dissecting and revising writers’ queries to make the best impact on an agent, so you can get that wonderful request for your partial or full manuscript. For attendees today, as well as readers, here are a few resources to help you along your way while...

Great NBC/Ben Silverman piece- NY Magazine

Hey, all– Just had to post this morning’s awesomely hilarious piece from NY Magazine.  If you love following the slapstick programming antics of NBC‘s Ben Silverman as much as I do, you’ll love this.  It uses some great graphs and pie charts to show you just how well– er, NOT well– NBC is performing...

Interview with poet Cherryl Floyd-Miller

Earlier this year, Tammy and I took Baby Will with us to his first poetry event, a reading by Cherryl Floyd-Miller at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur, Georgia. Sadly, Wordsmiths has since closed, but Cherryl was nice enough to be interviewed for the Poetic Asides blog. Her most recent collection of poems, Exquisite Heats, was...

April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Sorry for the late post today. I’ve had family visiting from Ohio the last few days, and they were all leaving this morning. So, you know, us Brewers can take our time saying our good-byes and getting things together and everything. 😉 ***** For today’s prompt, I want you write a poem about a memory....

Good times!

I just finished having a great time on J.P. Dancing Bear’s “Out of Our Minds” poetry show on KKUP Cupertina. It was a lot fun–mostly because Bear has a real laid back approach to handling the show. We discussed the April PAD Challenge, the Poetic Asides blog, Poet’s Market, poetry submission worst practices, the...

Benefits of the BEA/WD Conference, Plus a Note on Query Letters

Now in its seventh year, the program for the BookExpo America/Writer’s Digest Books Conference is now posted! I’ve been involved in the event for six years; my colleague Kelly Nickell (Twitter: @kmnickell) is the Wonder Woman behind this year’s stellar program. As part of the event (open to all attendees), Chuck Sambuchino is hosting...

Literary Definitions: Vol. 8

It’s been a good while since I passed out some definitions, so here is another batch.  (Click on Definitions at the bottom of this post to see the past seven installments.) Family Saga: A story that chronicles the lives of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of...

April PAD Challenge: Day 8

If you haven’t done so yet, I just wanted to mention that you can sign up for a free monthly newsletter from Poet’s Market (edited by yours truly) by going to www.poetsmarket.com and entering your e-mail address in the little field provided for e-mail updates. It’s a good way to keep up with what’s...

My Girls

Hey All, No Q this week due to the wonderful birth of my second daughter over the weekend. Mom and baby are doing great, and my oldest daughter couldn’t be more excited to have a sister (mainly because we’re letting her watch more Dora than usual). I’m a little sleep deprived, so I’m afraid...

April PAD Challenge: Day 7

After we finish today’s poem, we’ll be a full week into April. Go us! Today is our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt of the month. On these days, I offer two prompts. Don’t worry: You don’t need to write a poem for each prompt (but you’re more than welcome to if you feel up...

On Twitter, Technology, and Lady Internette

I, friends, am not tech savvy. Yes, technically I have a blog, which, in 2002, would’ve very nearly made me a candidate for some venture capital cash money, but this is the same blog that took an entire tech team a week to explain to me how to get the ghosts of web pages...

Hard-Core Tactics for Authors Developing Audience

My previous post was a pre-answer to the following question (which appeared in the comments of this other post): Thank you for the webinar, which gave me some ideas where to begin to increase my visibility and improve my website. I have published two history/biography books. I get comments from publishers saying “a valuable...

Around the WD Properties: 4-6-2009

Here are some cool thingsgoing on aond Writer’s Digest: Webinar: How to Deciper and Negotiate Your Contract               This is a very practical webinar for anyone out there flying solo without an agent.  Set for Thursday, April 23, it will focus on common contract red flags, the differences between a traditional publishing...

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing Workshop

If you want a way to continue the poetry beyond April, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com is now taking registrations for its Fundamentals of Poetry Writing workshop. The online course begins April 23 (registration closes April 30) and will be taught by published writer Joyce Ferman Wells. The course consists of six sessions and costs $350. Plus, those...

April PAD Challenge: Day 6

All right, folks! After today, we’ll be 20% of the way through this challenge! And you’re all kicking some major booty, because I think y’all posted as many poems through the first 5 days as we did in all of April last year. Great job, and let’s keep at it! For today’s poem, I...

April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Whew! I’m tired. Was up until 4-ish this morning (driving home to Georgia from Ohio); tried posting around then; but the site was acting all funky. Now, on 3 hours sleep, I’m hoping my spelling is okay. 🙂 It’s Sunday! Yay! Five days in and still kicking!   For today’s prompt, I want you...

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Hope you’re having a good weekend! For today’s prompt, I want you to pick an animal; make that animal the title of your poem; then, write a poem. You could be very general with your animal title (“Bees” or “Lion”) or specific (“Flipper” or “Lassie”). You could even be very silly with something like...

Has Publishing Gone Nuts? Interview This Sunday

This Sunday at 4p EST, I’ll be on the air with Wordsmitten‘s Kate Sullivan, who interviews someone from the publishing industry each week on her radio show. You can listen here via BlogTalkRadio.(Also, stay up-to-date at Twitter: @wordsmitten) The WordSmitten “About the Books” radio broadcast (and podcast) has been nominated for the 2009 Gracie...

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Agent Advice: Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary

This installment features Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC. She is seeking: Fiction areas of interest: Single Title Romance (Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense), Women's Lit (must have a strong hook), Young Adult, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, Medical or Legal Fiction (something that hasn't been done before), Literary Fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest: We...