Writing Editor Blogs

The Writer’s Dig
by Jess Zafarris
Content Strategist Jess Zafarris covers everything about writing on this blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, she’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from herself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out her advice—your writing career will thank you. Read The Writer’s Dig


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
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


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mary Potter Kenyon

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Mary Potter Kenyon. Mary Potter Kenyon has...

Write Your Next Screenplay… on the iPad

I’ll be honest, folks… for weeks, I haven’t been sure what the big deal about the iPad is.  But having seen it and played with a little, I gotta admit… it’s pretty freakin’ cool. Having said that, one of the drawbacks for screenwriters is that there isn’t (yet) any professional screenwriting...

New Literary Agent Alert: Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is...

How I Got My Agent: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

"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,...

The Importance of Specific Details

Every character who appears in your story must been seen. Where did I read this? It was a quote by a famous writer, I believe.  This writer expressed the importance of the reader being able to visualize even the most fleeting character. If they are going to make an appearance in...

How Do You Make the Time to Write?

Since college, I’ve held fast to an existential philosophy that goes something like this: We make time for whatever is important to us. Our actions are the biggest indicators of who we are. Not surprisingly, when I began working for Writer’s Digest, I had little patience for writers who complained about...

Steal from the real to get your pen moving

WRITING PROMPT: Steal From the RealFeel free to take the following prompt home or post your response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below. By posting, you’ll be automatically entered in our occasional around-the-office swag drawings. If you’re having trouble with the captcha code sticking,...

Sebastian Literary Agency to Close

I recently got a note from the Sebastian Literary Agency (based in Minnesota) saying that, after 28 years of agenting, they are soon to be closed. Needless to say, they are not taking on new clients. The agency is run by Laurie Harper. Laurie represented many nonfiction titles, including this one....

Successful Queries: Agent Ayesha Pande and “Finny”

This new series is called "Successful Queries" and I'm posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked. The 32nd installment in this series...

Footnotes: 5 Articles About Creating Characters

“First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.” ~ Ray Bradbury Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week I’ve included five articles on writing characters. 1. Keeping it real. Author Lauren Oliver...

AWP Note + Best Tweets Rests This Week

I’ve been in Denver for the last 5 days for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, where I participated on two panels, and also manned the Writer’s Digest Bookfair table with WD magazine editor Jessica Strawser. I’m calling it a day of rest—Best Tweets will return next week. To...

Cover Band Soap Opera: How Alcohol Affects Playing

I had a few beers1 at this weekend’s show with my cover band. As the night went on, three things you started to see from me were more smiles, more stage presence2 and more mistakes. It’s all part of the way alcohol affects one’s musicianship when consumed in not-tiny quantities.   You...

SCBWI Live-Blogged Conferences = Tons of Info

I don't highlight things like this as much as I should, but know that some conferences nowadays are live-blogged, allowing those who can't attend the event a glimpse at the informational sessions and presentations that go on. Of course, nothing takes the place of personally attending a conference (you get to...

5 for Friday: Ways to Get Inspired

I am tired of waiting for inspiration to arrive. It’s a finicky thing, inspiration, the harder you wish for it, the more resistant it is to showing up. And so there’s this: the simple act of going out and finding it. The idea of creating it. I spent last weekend at...

Agent Advice: Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary

This installment features Elana Roth of Caren Johnson Literary Agency. Elana began her career at Nickelodeon Magazine, which made her fall in love with children’s publishing. Afterward, she spent nearly 5 years as an editor at Parachute Publishing, a packager specializing in children’s book series. She’s spent the last two years...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tom Bentley

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Tom Bentley. Tom Bentley has run a...

Tips on Writing Middle Grade: What Kids Love

Use a familiar setting with a fantastic twist. The new student turns out to be a ghost, a rainstorm sucks the class into the bottom of the sea, or Santa Claus gets stranded outside their class portable. Introduce a mystery. How did a dead lizard get out of its aquarium? Who threw...

How I Got My Agent: Vicky Dreiling

"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,...

'Worst Storyline Contest' Winners Announced

The (third) “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest is now closed and judged. Thank you to all who entered. Here are the winners! “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest GRAND-PRIZE WINNER “When a pack of dingos refuse to eat her baby, psychotic woman Helen Grinkel turns the tables by eating one of their pups, sparking...

On Trusting Your Voice

“Give a piece to one hundred people, you could possibly get one hundred different opinions—not absolutely different, but lots of variations. This is where the depth of your relationship with yourself is so important. You should listen to what people say. Take in what they say. (Don’t build a steel box...