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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


Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 011

Last year I read Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual (Bison Books) and was struck by how he writes every one of his poems with an audience in mind. For today’s prompt I want you to pick an audience and write a poem to that audience. Put the name of your audience in...

Calling All Buffy, Angel, & Firefly Fans!…

Hey, guys– I don’t know that you’re all Buffy, Angel, Firefly fans (but you should be), but since I am, I wanted to give you this update.  (Also, show creator Joss Whedon is definitely a writers’ writer, so I’m guessing you enjoy him as much as I do…) Anyway, Joss Whedon’s new Internet short,...

Poets Helping Poets: On Handling Bio Notes

Over on Facebook, I have a personal account with a bunch of poetry friends, as well as a Poetic Asides group with a lot of members. So yesterday I asked the published poets who are members to share a little bit of advice on writing those tricky little bio notes that poets are often...

On Writing Memoir and Agents…

I spent much of these past few weeks on vacation, but now I’m finally back in the office, plugging away on projects and glancing through the brand new 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, which will be available nationwide soon. One of the projects I’ve spent several nights on recently is freelance editing a memoir. ...

The final thrill

Hi Writers,If you want to get more of an idea of what ThrillerFest was all about, here are my (almost daily) newsletters that went out to our e-newsletter subscriber list during and just after the conference. So, if you didn’t get enough thrills already, here are links to even more from ThrillerFest ’08. If...

Super Cool News: 2009 Poet's Market!

After copying some of my writing into my super sophisticated composition notebook at lunch, I discovered that the 2009 Poet’s Market is back from the printer, which means that soon (very, very soon) this directory will be getting to both print and online bookstores. Yes, another edition of Poet’s Market is on its way...

Finding a Literary Agent For Children's/Juvenile Writing

Q. I looked into getting an agent.  I sent a query to the Children’s Literary Agency.  They responded almost immediately asking for the manuscript.  Their request was so instant that it really sent red flags up for me.  I began to do Google searches for the company and found a lot of negative comments...

Motivation, Work, And Other Things that Make You Go Hmmm

I hope your weekend was restful and untainted by several waits in line for iPhones that you didn’t end up getting because you’ve just been paying your mom for all cell phone charges for the last five years rather than taking forty five seconds to go to the Verizon store and sign over the...

Ageny Profile: Diana Finch Literary Agency

Diana Finch Literary Agency 116 W. 23rd St., Suite 500, New York NY 10011. Phone: (646)375-2081. E-mail: diana.finch@verizon.net. Contact: Diana Finch. Seeking new and established writers. Prior to opening her agency, Ms. Finch worked at Ellen Levine Literary Agency for 18 years. Established: 2003. Member of AAR. Represents 45 clients. 20% of clients are...

2009 Article Excerpt: Assessing Credibility

I have officially wrapped up all editing on the 2009 Guide to Literary Agents. It’s over. Finally. Done.  (I. Love. Using. Periods.) To celebrate, I thought I’d post excerpts from the forthcoming upfront articles. 2009 Article Excerpt: The Scoop on Researching Agents “…Anybody can go to the neighborhood copy center and order business cards...

…and the thrills go on!

Hi Writers,I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along the wild ride of ThrillerFest with me. I’m back in Cincinnati and wanted to thank all of the great people at ThrillerFest for putting on such a fabulous conference and for inviting Writer’s Digest to co-sponsor their event. Since I don’t often get to post visuals, it’s...

Reader Comments: Parody, slams, getting started, and more

One of the things I value about this blog is the community that’s built up around it. As a result, my posts are often just a springboard to more helpful information and poetic discussion. So, when it seems appropriate, I’m going to collect comments that readers have made to posts that could benefit the...

ThrillerFest and Sandra Brown

Hi Writers,It’s my final day at ThrillerFest and the thrills just keep coming. Today I did video interviews with Lee Child, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci among others. Those videos will be available on our website in a few weeks, I’ll let you know when they’re up. Here’s a picture of me with “ThrillerMaster” Sandra...

AgentFest and the after-party

Hi Writers, It’s day 3 here at ThrillerFest and I’m getting ready to head back down to the the conference to take in sessions from Brad Thor, Gayle Lynds, Joseph Finder and more. You literally cannot walk down the aisles of this conference without running into a celebrity author. I wanted to post some...

More good news!

Earlier this month I learned that a poem of mine was accepted for the next issue of Barn Owl Review. I was thrilled, because I’d kind of hit a “no submitting” slump for a while. This morning I found out another of my poems has been accepted by this Australian online and print journal called Otoliths, which I’d...

And the Bad News…

An important skill to have when promoting your writing is dealing with rejections or bad news well. It’s easy to become frustrated or even angry when you have a manuscript rejected, get some negative feedback about your work, or if you have a scheduled public speaking event or some bit of coverage in the...

Poetry FAQs: Making Your Mark

So an anonymous poet recently sent me the following message: “I was just curious to know how I can go about getting my name out there and getting my poetry published. I love to write and I am very anxious, but I just don’t know where to start. This is all new to me....

Exclusive Interview With Poet John Korn

Totally unrelated, but my oldest son is today 1 year older: That’s right, he’s 7 years old today. Go Benjamin! ***** Okay, I’ve known John Korn for a few years now through online social networks–we first met on MySpace. I’ve always enjoyed his words and his sincerity as a person. So when he mentioned he...

Book "Trailers" are all the rage

Hi Writers, As you probably know, online videos are extremely popular. Posting a video promo for you book on Youtube is a great way to generate some buzz about your book. Many of the authors I work with are creating video “trailers” for their books and posting links to them on their websites and...

I'm at ThrillerFest!

Hi Writers,I’m in New York reporting live from the Thrillerfest/Craftfest writing conference we’re sponsoring. There are so many famous writers here, it’s unbelievable. The first day of the conference was yesterday and I met Lee Child, James, Rollins, Eric Van Lustbader, Steve and Liz Berry, Kathleen Antrim and more. I’m getting ready to go...

Please Set Your Tivos!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to give you a heads up and ask you to please set your Tivos and VCR’s for tomorrow night… The comedy talk/sketch/variety show I’ve been writing for, Reality Binge, premieres tomorrow, July 10, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Fox Reality Channel.  Each week, we parody and poke fun...

You Can't Fake It

Have you ever heard advice to the tune of “If you don’t know, then fake it?” That advice only gets you so far. In today’s fast paced, over advertised environment, being honest will get you a lot farther than faking it. People are looking for things that are authentic and genuine… not looking for...