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


Make a Living as a Writer
by Rebecca Matter and AWAI’s expert panel

It’s true, you CAN make a living as a writer! And each week AWAI’s expert panel, led by writer and marketer Rebecca Matter, will introduce you to the best-paying writing opportunities, give you inside tips and advice on landing them, and help you live the writer’s life of your dreams. Read Rebecca’s Blog.
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Upcoming Film Festivals: July Edition

Hey, screenwriters & filmmakers– Once again, courtesy of MovieMaker magazine, here’s a list of upcoming film festivals and conferences.  Take a look… and also check out some of the great features at MovieMaker.com… Tickets are available for the ANGELUS STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL on Sept. 13! This festival honors future filmmakers as they create works...

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Agent Advice: Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents

This installment features Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Michael Larsen and Laurie McLean round out the agency, which was established in 1972. A member of the Association of Authors Representatives, Elizabeth Pomada cofounded the San Francisco Writers Conference and Writing for Change. She and Michael Larsen are frequently welcomed as...

A Few Moments with Diablo Cody

Hey, guys– Happy Fourth of July weekend!  I wanted to point you all to my interview with Diablo Cody, the Academy-Award-winning screenwriter of Juno, which appears in this month’s issue of Writers Digest.  Diablo was one of the most fun interviews I’ve done, and she’s got some terrific insights into screenwriting… take a look...

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My Adventures in Smith Mountain Lake…

Last week I got the chance to present for the Smith Mountain Lake Writers Group down in southwest Virginia (think near Roanoke). The talk drew in a decent crowd -- considering the holiday so close -- and attracted writers from several counties.

You Can Be a Radio Star

Okay… my headline is cheesy this morning, for sure. But, I was thinking about writing this topic and I just had that song “Video Killed the Radio Star” in my head—and now you can too as you read this (you’re welcome). So, for my own book, Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America, I did a...

New CD from WD

My workday is pretty standard: I spend 95% of it writing/editing and 5% trying to convince Maria to put my face on the next issue’s cover, to which she always says no. So when she asked me to post about our new CD, I wasn’t sure if I was the right pitchman for the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 009

I’m currently in the middle of a very nice vacation. And so, my mind is not too focused on work (the vacation is working). But we (my boys are with me) have had a lot of fun visiting with friends and family, playing outside, and reading (and writing) our own stories about bobcats. Today’s...

Exploring the Possiblities in Fiction

Hi Writers, Today I’m going to focus on the muse instead of the marketing, which I think, is important to do occasionally—after all, we’re all writers first and foremost, right? Working for a publisher people often ask me if I read all of the books that we publish. Now, please don’t be shocked… but the...

What's Considered Fair Use and What Isn't?

Q: Is it necessary to ask permission to reprint an article if the reprint is used in a strictly academic setting?—Anonymous A: Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107 of the U.S. code states that “the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies … for purposes such as criticism,...

A Taste of Pre-Nation Celebration Customer Service

While perusing the Interweb, I realized that a lot of successful  webhomes use surveys to conduct user feedback to finely tune their  content and figure out how many old “Threes Company” clips to post.  And since we–like the Web– are an ever-changing, ever-adapting  server of you, our reader, we want to get in on...

Reality Writers Unite!

Hey, TV writers (and writers of all stripes)… There was a great turnout at least week’s WGA meeting about organizing reality writers… and there’s another meeting this week.  If you’re interested in attending– or have questions– please RSVP or contact Jayson Pope.  Here’s all the info… WHEN:   Wednesday, July 2, 8:00 p.m.WHERE:  Writers Guild,...

The L-Word

Hi Writers,To follow up on my previous post, I wanted to comment further on the term “literary” as in a “literary novel.” First, I want to say that I love smart, character-driven literary novels. They are what I gravitate to for my own leisure reading. So please don’t get too angry with me when...

Monday Morning Musings

Hi writers, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I spent mine working on a few odd jobs around the house (fixing our leaky kitchen faucet, mowing the grass, cleaning up the house) and my wife and I took our dog to the lake to play in the water. It was very relaxing. It...

Poetry FAQs: Editing Your Poetry

TanyaB–one of my friends on Facebook–recently sent me some poetry-related Q’s she’d like addressed on the blog. One series (of three) had to do with editing. So, I’m going to list the questions below and try to answer them the best I can. Any blog readers who have a different take are more than...

Great "Wall-E" Lesson!

Hey, screenwriters– If you haven’t seen this yet, this morning’s New York Times website has a great little video segment with Andrew Stanton, the writer/director of Wall-E, which opens today.  You can watch a full scene from the movie, then click on the “commentary” bar, where Stanton explains how the filmmakers blend the technical...

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New Agency Alert: Straus Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agencies are golden opportunities for new writers because they're likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you're just wasting time and postage. Nonfiction areas of interest: biography,...

A WD Editor's Agent Notes from NYC

Writer’s Digest magazine editor Maria Schneider was recently up in New York City accompanying the grand-prize winners of the WD Annual Writing Competition. The big winners get a trip to Manhattan to meet with several agents, who they can schmooze with and pitch.  How cool is that? Maria came back with some notes (in...

Random stuff overheard from New York literary agents

Hi Writers,Sorry for the lame headline. I’m putting the October issue of Writer’s Digest to bed and my clever headline writing capacity is shot. But I wanted to share some of the notes I kept during my recent trip to New York to accompany our annual competitions winners to meet agents (see posts below)....

Setting Expectations

Lisa Lenard-Cook, author of the award winning novels Dissonance and Coyote Morning has some good advice about getting the most out of writing-related events such as conferences, seminars and workshops in her recent fiction writing book The Mind of Your Story. She says, “make a list of what you want from anything writing-related you might attend, and...

Shady poetry contest update!

Here’s a link to a piece on a supposedly shady poetry contest: “Shady poetry contest gets religion,” by Bill Chapin from mlive.com ***** Here’s an experience of my own from way back in high school: http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/Im+Coming+Out+Of+The+Closet.aspx ***** If you’re not sure what a shady poetry contest might be, please read both pieces and educate yourself....

Happy Birthday!

The Poetic Asides blog is one year old today! Click here to read the introductory post for the blog. I still remember getting excited about doing a poetry blog when Writer’s Digest editor Maria Schneider put an internal call out for bloggers here at F+W. And who better to start it with than then-editor of...

Being Concise

Do you ever start to tell someone a story and realize that your giving way too much back information? I have a tendency to do exactly that. When promoting yourself its important to be concise. In today’s world people are impatient (especially the media), so it’s a good idea to get your point across...

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Agent Advice: Julie Hill of Julie Hill & Assoc.

This installment features Julie Hill of Julie A. Hill and Assoc., LLC. Julie's specialty is nonfiction. She is seeking: nonfiction in the following subjects: Reference, Biography, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Science. Send all submissions via snail mail. Never send a complete ms unless requested.

Alegra Clarke on her New York trip to meet agents

Hi Writers,I asked our annual competition winner, Alegra Clarke (see posts below) for some decompression notes from her New York trip to meet agents and she sent me this lovely little essay. She’s promised to send me updates on her progress in selling her novel and I’ll post future updates here. Here’s Alegra: My...