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


More Good News for Writers…

Hey, all– Got an email from the WGA this morning– and Variety and Nikki Finke have now picked up the story– but CBS‘s Internet writers have voted unanimously to join the Writers Guild, meaning people writing CBS’s online sports, news, and promotional content will now be covered by the union!  This is a huge...

Your Weekend Prompt: That Wicked Old Scent

Hey writers, The battle to finish our October issue wages on, and so I’ll again be brief: Here’s to hoping your writing and muses are treating you well. Mine were MIA for the last few days, but I blame it on a week of ominous, slightly frightening scents in the hallway of my otherwise...

What if a Literary Agent Doesn't Return Your Calls?

Q. I’ve browsed your site thoroughly and wonder if you could direct me to an article/bit of advice: What do you do when an agent who’s been representing and submitting your manuscript suddenly stops returning your calls and e-mails? I am in this unfortunate predicament. I have reason to believe the agent is still...

Road Trip to No Piracy

Hey, guys– Wanted to post this great blog, courtesy of Charlie, written today by Brad Riddell, a screenwriter (American Pie: Band Camp, Road Trip: Beer Pong, and Slapshot 3: The Junior League) who also writes The L.A. Dime, a blog about life in LaLaLand. He’s got a GREAT piece today about movie and video...

Are You Too Ambitious for Your Own Good?

Ira Glass has some of the best advice I’ve ever read for writers, at least in relation to great storytelling. He’s said that you have to be willing to be bad at what you do for a long time until you actually can achieve the vision of perfection you have in your head. He...

American Idol Contestant Strikes a Blow for Reality Writers

Who says reality doesn’t have writers?  Certainly not American Idol semi-finalist Ju’Not Joyner (to be fair, I think the guy’s a little bitter… but bitterness aside, he still spills the truth)… http://www.popeater.com/music/article/junot-joyner-says-idol-is-fake/596370#atabc You might also like:No Related Posts

2010 GLA Excerpt: Writing the Query Letter

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents arrives in-house within one week and, needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean – just look at the book.  It looks like a delicious s’more.  That is – a delicious s’more filled with tons of agent info and conference info and articles. ...

Your Wednesday Prompt: Here's To the Lion

Hey writers, On Monday I read through last week’s pool of stories: How you all turn around such content so fast with innovative spins continues to baffle me. Moreover, it’s awesome to see Constant Writers (the Promptly pickpocketing of Stephen King’s Constant Readers terminology) developing—a sense of your voices is percolating to the surface....

The Four Stages of Marketing & Promotion (and MWW Recap)

This past weekend, I spoke at the Midwest Writers Workshop in Muncie, Ind. It was my seventh year speaking there, and remains one of my favorite conferences. (Read my three recaps from last year, starting with Day 1.) Among other things, I gave a two-part session on essential tools for online marketing and promotion—and...

New Agency Alert: The OnyxHawke Agency

Editor's Note: There's a new agency that opened several months ago I thought I would tell you about. I haven't met Mr. Kabongo, but I've looked over the site and he seems very legit. It's also a pleasure to see someone who specializes in sci-fi and fantasy - not usually popular topics with agents....

Where is the List of 28 Secret Agents?

Q. The other day, I saw a link to an article called something like “28 Agents Who Want Your Work” or something like that. It was a useful list but I didn’t save it, and am now wondering how to find it (or other articles like it). Thanks!          – Quentin A. I know...

How Do You Regain Copyrights to Pieces You've Sold?

Q: About 20 years ago, I sold a short story to a magazine. One line in my contract stated the payment was for “full rights” and another said, “On acceptance of this payment, the author transfers the copyright interest to … .” Does this mean I can’t sell the story ever again, even as...

Your Monday Prompt: Next Time, Chew

Hey scribes, We’re waging a final salvo against the October issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, so I’ll be brief today, and wish you an excellent Monday. I hope all is well in your universes, both fictive and traditional. I’m planning to drop a WD nod of the hat to last week’s Notable Story pick...

READER QUESTION: What if drinking means drowning in Hollywood?

Hey, all— Wanted to reprint an interesting email I got from Rebecca, one of our loyal friends and readers, in response to the book review I recently posted for Tom Malloy’s, “Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films.”  I don’t agree with her, but I thought she raised some interesting points that warranted...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/24/09)

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, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Reading 67 Overlooked Freelance Writing Niches Great...

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How I Got My Agent: Carrie Wilson Link

"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...

Your Friday Prompt: The Terrible Decision

Hey writers, At an old copy-editing job, I worked with a writer who thought it was hilarious to slip the occasional vulgarity—often spectacularly creative and monstrous—into one of the publication’s stories before I proofed them all. It became a sort of game, a sort of watching Zac over the top of a page as...