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


Classifying Your Work

Q. When classifying your book should you be more general and just consider it ‘suspense’ vs. ‘murder mystery suspense’? A: More specific is always good!  It shows that you have done research and understand how genres and markets work.  You should also be able to identify markets better.  Look for agents who not only...

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Agent Katharine Sands On Book Proposals

So I finished a book proposal in December and passed it on to my agent.  Just a few days later, when talking to Katharine Sands (superagent extraordinaire), she mentioned that she would look it over for me as a favor to try and ID any weaknesses, etc .She came back with one major note,...

The Essential Components of an (Unpublished) Author's Website

Over at Harper Studio’s blog, The 26th Story, they recently discussed what constitutes a really meaningful author website. They give an excellent big-picture view of how a website is like an extension or operation of your platform, and continues to serve the needs of your audience just like anything else you do. The post...

Red Heart :: Black Heart Writing Contest

You heard it here first: For the first time in 2009, Writer’s Digest is hosting a Valentine’s Day writing contest. We’re calling it the Red Heart :: Black Heart writing contest, and you can enter for free. Soon we’ll have an official page with all the details, but here’s the early scoop. Basic ideaDo...

BOOK REVIEW: Master Shots

Hey, guys— Wanted to take a few moments today to recommend a really interesting book I’ve been perusing over the past few days… Christopher Kenworthy’s “Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie.”  It’s brand-new… just hit shelves at the beginning of this month… and it’s a...

Craft a Salable Nonfiction Hook

As promised, I am critiquing two nonfiction book concepts that were submitted in the comments of my post yesterday. (Background: If you’re one of the first 50 people to sign up for my webinar on Jan. 29, you’ll get a personalized critique of your book’s hook, up to 100 words. So far, we have...

Speaking of Agents and Self-Published Books

A few days ago, I got word from agent extraordinare Sharlene Martin about a self-published book she picked up and sold for big money in an auction.  (Congrats, Sharlene.) Media Bistro has the entire story, but I can sum it up by saying that the book is about a family’s experience with their daughter...

Querying Agents for a Self-Published Book

Q. What is the proper procedure for a self-published author, who is interested in finding an agent and going to a second printing with a mainstream publisher? Is it a faux pas to send previously self-published material to an agent?         – Xavier A. Xavier, you’re in luck because I wrote a big...

Are Older Agents Better?

Q. Can you tell me how I can find an agent with experience who is over 50 years old?  I’m an experienced, published, academic writer (over 50) transitioning into lyrically-written fiction from scholarly, i.e., footnoted writing.  I write literature with analytical, literary theory underpinnings and subtext, and feel that agents under 50 won’t be...

Around the WD Properties: January 22, 2008

Here are some great thingshappening around the otherWriter’s Digest properties: Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal? WD Editorial Director Jane Friedman is teaching a new webinar titled 3 Secrets to Getting Your Nonfiction Book Published.        Details: 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Jan. 29.  90 minutes in length.  The first 25 people to register may...

HarperCollins Offers Contracts to Its Community Site Writers

This is a pretty big deal: HarperCollins has signed not one, but three authors who participate on their community site Authonomy. The news was announced on the Authonomy blog under the title “The Publishing Contracts Have Begun.” Summaries of the three author stories: Author can’t get traditionally published, so he self-publishes and has some...

Great WGA News… including a big meeting (and free dinner)

First of all, some exciting news on the reality TV front… Two important class-action lawsuits were settled today, surprising everyone in the TV industry.  These class-action lawsuits were filed four years ago by the Writers Guild and hundreds of reality TV writers and producers claiming production companies and TV networks (including ABC, CBS, and...

VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Benjamin Gump"

Hey, movie fans– I haven’t actually seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but thanks to this video… you won’t need to!  Props to Rick for sending this over.  Check it out… hilarious!  (I especially loved it because I find Forrest Gump one of the most over-rated movies ever… although it has a great...

Get a Makeover for Your Nonfiction Book Concept

My most popular writing conference session in 2008 was all about creating high-powered nonfiction book concepts. Most people concentrate on writing the proposal, but don’t realize that without a salable and compelling hook to anchor it, you can have the best proposal in the word, but it won’t sell. Because it’s such a popular...

8 Articles/Posts All Writers Should Have Read in 2008

The eBook Problem and The eBook Solution (Booksquare)Read it for a basic understanding of the issues related to e-book publishing and distribution. When Kassia Krozser leads by saying that e-books will not be the next big thing, though, that’s not really the point of the article. Just keep reading. Story vs. Book: The Future...

How Does an International Author Get Postage to Have SASEs Returned?

Q: I live outside the United States. Most queries require a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE), but if I put my own country’s stamp on the SASE, it won’t be valid when posted back from the United States. How does an international author get postage to have SASEs returned? —Bhaskar Majumdar A: Don’t fret, as...

Joss Whedon's Writing Tips

Special thanks to Brian Klems for finding this awesome piece with Joss Whedon‘s top ten writing rules (compliments of Catherine Bray, 4Talent magazine, and Danny Stack).  I found this super-helpful… especially the first one, which– quite honestly– is a HUGE problem of mine. Anyway, happy MLK Day, and click HERE enjoy some sage advice...

Party Pics… Better Late Than Never

Hey, folks– Sorry these are late, but we finally got some of the photos from last month’s book party for Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business , at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood, up on the Mediabistro website!  Click HERE to check ’em out… hope you enjoy! Also, the...

Cool Map of Digital Landscape!

While reading Mark Coker’s blog (for Smashwords), I stumbled upon this wonderful map of the digital publishing landscape. Even though it’s in Spanish, it offers an amazing visual of the new publishing universe. It also makes me want to run out and buy an iPhone, though that’s also encouraged by my recent research into...

MOVIE TALK: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (opening tomorrow night) is silly, stupid, juvenile, riddled with logic holes, and rarely hilarious… yet, somehow, surprisingly endearing. Written by star Kevin James and “King of Queens” writer Nick Bakay, the family-friendly (especially if that family is mostly boys) story follows Paul Blart (James), an overweight, hypoglycemic police academy flunkie...

Do You Need to Find an Illustrator Before Querying an Agent?

Q. Good morning! I have written a small collection of short stories designed to read to young children and I have questions about illustrations.  I am wondering what the advantages are in finding your own illustrator for your work vs. letting a publisher find one for you? Do publishers often find illustrators for you?...