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


From WGA President Patric Verrone…

Hey, guys– Thought this was an interesting little piece from Patric Verrone, president of the Writers Guild west, on the state of TV writing, reality TV, and Sunday night’s Emmy broadcast.  He posted this yesterday on the WGA‘s POV webpage… What Matters More Than Nothing For those of you who saw the 2008 Emmy...

In Honor of Matt Damon…

We’ve all seen (or most of us have) Matt Damon‘s September 10th interview about Sarah Palin.  So today, CollegeHumor.com posted this terrific sketch video… See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Poetry FAQs: When is something considered published?

Okay, this question has been coming up a lot recently in the comments section of this blog: What counts as previously published? And, in relation to this blog, does posting a poem in the comments of this blog mean it’s “published”? Before I begin, I think it would be beneficial for you to read...

READER QUESTION: Where Can I Find Good Script Contests?

Today’s reader question comes from a new reader, Wendy, who writes… “Hi Chad, I just found your blog. IT’S GREAT. Where can I find a list of reputable script contests?” First of all, Wendy—thanks so much for finding the blog and enjoying it!  I hope you stick around! As for a sites listing reputable...

A Day in The Life…

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a publisher? Well, some of the staff here at F+W media started a new blog about the life. You’ll get some insights, maybe some good advice here and there, but mostly you’ll get a look behind the scenes (which may prove inspirational or helpful in your...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 021

On Monday, I’m going to be making the “big move” down to Atlanta to live with my wife and stepson. Luckily, F+W has been really supportive of allowing me to telecommute from my new home office. Still, it is a big move and will create a huge change in my typical routine. For today’s...

When Editors Add Typos

Q: I want to get paid for my writing, so I signed up for a journalism workshop at my community college to attain some clips. I’ve written articles for the school paper, but the “editors”—many just out of high school—have added typos to my articles. Can I still use these as clips? Do editors...

Choose Your Own Commenting Adventure Part Deux

Something Kind of Suspicious (Maybe) Welcome back to our 2nd edition of the Choose Your Own Commenting  Adventure. As we stated with the first one, have fun with it, but also, try and  keep your comments relatively quick, because the longer you sit  deciding what to do, the more likely it is that someone...

You Must Be Kidding Me, Roger (UPDATED: …And Maybe You Are)

UPDATE:  Okay, everyone– before you read on, let me say this: Roger Ebert may be entirely crazy… or he may have just earned my respect 100 times more than before.  Here’s the scoop… Earlier tonight, I posted the following bit with a link to an outrageous piece he published on his blog today… •...

Serfitt & Cloye Gift Catalog

The Serfitt & Cloye Gift Catalog now has an online home, with an opportunity to join Serfitt & Cloye’s Highest Society. What’s the Highest Society, you may ask? The world at large may venerate and aspire to the Serfitt & Cloye brand, but very, very few people actually are or ever will become Serfitt...

Awesome– You Gotta Read These!

First of all, huge thanks to an anonymous reader who directed me to “Little Big Screen,” James Wolcott‘s terrific piece in this October’s Vanity Fair about the quality of TV writing vs. movie writing. And second of all, huge thanks to Dewayne, who pointed me to this incredible Aaron Sorkin piece in yesterday’s New...

READER QUESTION: What kind of conditioner do you use?

Today’s reader question comes from Supernerd, who responds to this weekend’s post, “In Defense of ‘Bad TV Writing,'” with this comment: “Chad, you do have fabulous hair.  What brand of conditioner do you use?” This is an excellent question, Supernerd, and to be honest– I’m surprised I don’t get asked this more often. The...

Where is poetry happening?

So as part of my upcoming move from Southwest Ohio to Northwest Georgia, I’ve been interested in what the poetry scene is like in the Atlanta area. And lucky for me, there is a website dedicated to poetry events in the area. The site is called Poetry Atlanta, Inc., and it was created by...

Querying About a Self-Published Book

The most recent issue of Writer’s Digest is all about finding an agent, and I was lucky enough to contribute three articles. One article in the issue is all about life after self-publishing.  See the whole thing online here.  It’s written for those who have self-published a book and want an agent to get...

In Defense of "Bad TV Writing"

Hey, guys— Wanted to take a moment and respond to an interesting comment posted recently from reader JNG. First of all– thank you, JNG, for the comment!  I LOVE it when people comment here, and I’m always hoping/trying to get people to chat and discuss creative, business, social, or political issues concerning the world...

Talk Like a Pirate Day (Piratical Team Photo!)

September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and since Writer’s Digest is the publisher of the ever-popular Pirate Primer, we always have a hearty celebration. In the words of marketing manager Scott Francis (pictured far left): “Aye! Hoist er up the yard arm! Fly the colors Laughhhren!”

Media Kits

A media kit can be a great tool for promoting your work and can be used to try to get mentions in publications or to try to get speaking engagements or  spots on radio or TV.  A few do’s and don’ts: Do include your complete contact information as well as your website/blog address Do include a...

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Italy Conference Imminent – Blog Will Slow…

This is my last workday before leaving for the International Women's Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. I'll be gone about 10 days, and I'm not sure how much time I'll get on the computer over there. Sorry if the blog goes quiet for a while. I bought an electrical outlet converter, but evidently it...

Is It Truth or Fiction?

Q. I’m sorry to bother you, but I would like to ask you a question. I have just finished writing a book about [true events in the U.S. in] 1948. The facts are accurate; however, I did use fiction to fill in between the actual events. How do I determine whether this is fiction...

From First Draft to Finished Novel

One of our newest releases, From First Draft to Finished Novel, scored a positive review over at Armchair Interviews. Here’s a little of what they had to say: From First Draft to Finished Novel is a wonderful addition to the writer’s reference library Wiesner makes things as easy as possible for the reader. She...

Announcing: The Great WD Writing Prompt Contest

Hi Writers,One of the most fun, creative and productive writing exercises I know of is coming up with writing prompts, so I thought I’d hold a little contest here on “The Writer’s Perspective” and on our forum, to come up with the best writing prompt. So if you’ve come up with a good writing...

Exclusive Interview With Poet and Attorney John M. FitzGerald

This interview came about from an earlier interview with poet and actress Hélène Cardona. Sometime in June, Hélène mentioned that John M. FitzGerald’s most recent collection, Telling Time by the Shadows (Turning Point), was actually a collection of secret love poems written by him to her. “These are the poems John wrote when we...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer

Props to my friend Charlie for turning me on to this site, but I wanted to let you all know about a pretty great blog… from Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer.  I don’t know Amanda personally, but if you’re interested in television writing… or how to break in… this is a terrific site.  Here’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 020

As mentioned in an earlier post, Southwest Ohio was beat up by a wind storm that had hurricane force winds. Earlier in the weekend, I assured my sons that Ohio never experiences hurricanes (we just have twisters to contend with usually), but by Sunday evening daddy was proved wrong (once again). Anyway, for this...

First Ever Fake Bio Contest Winner and Other Finalists

Okay, I’ve been in hiding recently because so many poets have been hounding me over who is the winner of the first ever fake bio contest on Poetic Asides. The great thing about this contest is that writers didn’t need to have any “real” credits to enter–just a great imagination of what they’d like to...