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


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Recap: New York and The Writer’s Digest Conference

Just got back from New York. The first-ever Writer's Digest Conference: The Business of Getting Published went very well (and was, dare I say, a success?). Everyone seemed pleased with the event and I got to meet one-on-one with more than a dozen people to look over queries and first pages.

Weekend Prompt: Strange Happenings in the RV

The RV is full. The gas is low. From the expressway, nobody has any clue what’s inside. But that may change soon. — Hey writers, The WD offices in Cincinnati are silent. A stack of queries sits, pensive, anxious. A few tapped keys echo. Mini notes on computer monitors assure passers-by their owners shall...

Dear Kay and Josh…

First of all, huge thanks to Mary for her comment pointing out Kay Reindl’s Seriocity blog post “ripping me a new one!”  (Kay wrote a response to my response to Josh Olson‘s Village Voice piece, “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script.”)  Josh Olson then posted a response to this blog in Kay’s comment...

Benefit From Our Conference From Afar (or Nearby)

It’s definitely one the favorite parts of my job: speaking at events and meeting writers and other professionals in the business. This weekend, Writer’s Digest debuts its first stand-alone event in New York City at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square. (And there’s still time to register on-site at the event, for just a...

Applying for an MFA

  Hi, All!  So, a few people have asked me recently about the MFA application process. It’s a big topic to cover (some blogs are dedicated specifically to this topic!), but I will break it down a little and relay some of my own experience.  Here is a general overview of the steps: 1.      ...

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Agent Advice: Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency

This installment features Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Lucienne joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years at Spectrum Literary Agency. She has sold more than 600 titles to every major publisher and has built a client list of more than 40 authors spanning the commercial fiction genres. Her...

BOOK REVIEW: The Invisible Cut

I was chatting with my friend Mark the other day, a playwright who’s recently started writing and directing his own short films.  He’d sent me the latest cut of his new short, and we were going over some notes I’d written for him… and he made a pretty astute comment.   “I learned two...

Mid-Week Prompt: A Novel Speech, Derailed (plus Dan Brown)

You’re supposed to be giving a speech, but your mind seizes. You look up at the massive crowd, frantic, and start reciting the contents of an alarming letter you received last week, instead.   (In 500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring, feel free to post your stories in the Comments section of...

Your Friends & Family Are Wrong

Time for a little tough love. To all those writers who say: My family has encouraged me to write this story I had this idea while talking with friends, and they thought it was brilliant My [insert close friend or family member name here] absolutely love my stories I read my work to my...

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5 Quick Tips for Writer/Agent Negotiations

Just because you're excited someone wants to represent you doesn't mean you should let them take advantage of you. Beware of these red flags when negotiating contracts with agents. 1. Watch for red flags. Reputable agents don’t charge reading fees or require other upfront payments, they don’t sell (or at least, don’t brag about sales)...

What's In a Pitch? Examining 'The Undomestic Goddess'

What’s In a Pitch? is a new series that takes actual novel pitches and examines why they work successfully. This series is designed to help writers who need help composing the pitch paragraph of their query letter, or pitching an agent in person. By the way, since I read mostly kids fiction, it will be...

Agent Ted Malawer Joins Upstart Crow Literary

Literary agent Ted Malawer has joined Upstart Crow Literary.  Ted was previously with Firebrand Literary, but with Firebrand’s recent closure, he will join four other former Firebranders in forming Upstart Crow. He specializes in children’s fiction. The Upstart Crow agency webpage is not completely updated yet, so I will post some info about Ted below. For...

The Benefits of Blogging (Your Feedback!)

There have been so many wonderful comments from you on the subject of blogging (on this blog, on my Facebook page, and on the Writer’s Digest Facebook page), that I wanted to share a few pieces of the helpful advice. My appreciation to everyone who has shared their experiences! From published (or soon-to-be-published) authors...

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Agent Advice: Natanya Wheeler of Nancy Yost Literary

This installment features Natanya Wheeler of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. Previously, Natanya was an agent at Lowenstein-Yost Associates. She seeks: literary fiction that touches on current events or multicultural issues; family sagas; dark and edgy thrillers with a great new hook, moody mysteries and cozy mysteries. She loves to find new...

Time to Workshop

  Hi all! Happy Monday! I’m here scrambling a bit trying to finish edits on a story (my first of the semester) which I’ll submit tonight to be workshopped by fourteen classmates.  Oh, the good old workshop. Workshopping in an MFA program, I’ve found, is not much different than workshopping in other environments. I...

Should You Blog? And If So, What Are Best Practices?

Photo credit: Laughing Squid More writers are blogging than ever. And if you’re not blogging already, you’ve probably considered it. Recently, a writer asked me via Facebook about blogging. She said: [It is] my impression that blogs related to writing are primarily written by people with expertise in their field and who have valuable...

Promptly Special: Get Published in WD Magazine

Seven people board a small boat for a tour of the islands, but when the boat returns to the dock, only six people remain on board. —From The Writer’s Book of Matches by the staff of fresh boiled peanuts: a literary journal Hey writers, Quandary: In WD magazine, we’re typically cramped for open space,...

Josh Olson Is Wrong

A few days ago, I posted a link to screenwriter Josh Olson’s Village Voice column, “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script,” in which he rails against an aspiring screenwriter who asked him to read his script.   Now, first, let me say this… Josh is fairly vitriolic in this column… and on certain...

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How I Got My Agent: Robert Hicks

"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...

Identify the Literary Agent of Any Book

If you want to know who agented a particular book, there are a variety of ways how to discover the individual literary rep who made the deal. Here are three ideas for starters: 1. Simply check the book’s acknowledgements. Sometimes, it will be as simple as a writer saying, “And a special thanks to my agent, Randy...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 9/11/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday (or 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. Best of Best Great post: “When should I consider spending my own money on...