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 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...

Article Black Holes

Q: I submitted two stories to a nursing magazine after consulting the editor in advance. I was told the stories were accepted, and one would appear in August. So far, no sign of my story, and when I tried to follow-up with e-mails and phone calls, my messages weren’t answered. What more can I...

Digital Publishing

Hi Writers,There have been several recent articles on the independent publishing front that I wanted to draw your attention toward. First is from Publishers Weekly Editor Sara Nelson who argues that POD technology is more cost-effective in the long run than traditional offset publishing: “The Summer of POD.” Here’s a short excerpt: “I understand...

Interview, no power, and other fun updates!

Belinda Subraman recently interviewed me on her blog. She has quite a few interviews listed on her blog with various poetry-related people and others. The cool thing about this interview is that it’s in audio. Check it out at http://belinda_subraman.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2008-09-13T08_02_04-07_00. In the interview, I mention S.A. Griffin, Amanda Oaks, James Tate, my wife, an...

On the Death of David Foster Wallace

I’m going to interrupt my normal tone because I want to talk about  the writer David Foster Wallace’s suicide. For those of you who don’t  know who he is, I’ll link to his NYTimes obit here.  As readers of  this blog may or may not know, I love Foster Wallace’s work. I became  obsessed...

Christina Katz continues her author platforms advice

20 Dual Questions About Your Author Platform #2: Who Needs a Platform? / Do You Need a Platform? By Christina Katz   Without a platform, your writing career is invisible. Since visibility for the right reasons is always good for your writing career, you really can’t afford to be an isolated, eccentric soul waiting...

Palin vs. Clinton: The SNL Match-Up

For those of you haven’t seen last night’s Saturday Night Live sketch starring Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, I’m posting it here.  I love this not only because Tina Fey does a DEAD-ON Palin impersonation, but because this is some great political sketch producing. I love it not...

BOOK REVIEW: The Citizen Kane Crash Course in Cinematography

Hey, screenwriters and filmmakers— Wanted to take a few moments to give you a fun book recommendation… a new book from cinematographer David Worth (Any Which Way You Can, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Bronco Billy, etc.) called: The Citizen Kane Crash Course in Cinematography: A Wildly Fictional Account of How Orson Welles Learned Everything About the...

Having Fun With Bad Poetry

Brian Klems (of Writer’s Digest fame) brought the following thread to my attention from the WD.com forums: http://forum.writersdigest.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=19564&start=1 First post:“I have this gift you seeto write very bad poetryTry as I mightIt’s something I just can’t fightSo I write stuff you wouldn’t read to a tree” -wondo Starting up in July, this thread is...

Stephenie Meyer and the first draft

Hi Writers,I’ve been editing a feature for an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest. It’s entitled “Roughing up your First Draft.” There’s a quote from Ernest Hemingway in the lead: “The First Draft of Anything is Shit” In light of this quote, I’ve been thinking about Stephenie Meyer, author of the mega-selling Twilight series. I’m...

Guest Post from Author Christina Katz

Hi Writers, Apologies again for my failure to keep up with the blog as of late. We’ve been going through a marketing restructuring at F+W Media, the parent company of Writer’s Digest, so I’ve been assigned some new duties and am figuring out my new work flow. Since I’ve been so busy I’ve enlisted...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 019

One of my favorite prompts way back in April during the PAD Challenge was when I asked people to write a poem where they slip into the skin of someone or something else. With that prompt in mind, I think I’ve come up with another fun one that is somewhat similar. For this week’s...

Great Story Seminar…

Hey, guys– We’ll have some cool posts over the next few days… some great book recommendations, interviews– and per your question– we’ll discuss the highwire act of being a single parent and attempting to start a career in television writing.  But first… I wanted to give you a heads-up re: a great educational opportunity. ...

Maui Success Story

Hi Writers,I’m finally recovering from the 6-hour jet lag from Hawaii following the Maui Writers Conference and a week of frolicking on the big island—swimming in the wild with dolphins and watching hot lava spill into the sea—talk about inspiration! The Maui Writers Conference was fabulous. Brian wrote some great post-conference articles including Gary...

Are E-Mails Copyrighted?

Q: I’m working on a book that includes several passages from e-mail messages I’ve received—stories, poems, quotes, etc. What obligations do I have when it comes to using the e-mails? Also, is it OK to get anecdotes (relevant experiences for nonfiction article topics) from people online through chat rooms and bulletin boards?—Anonymous A: According...

Sweet (Writing) Dreams Are Made of These

I hope your Labor Day weekend respite was relaxing and full of SPF 30  lotion focused on your shoulders or higher. Before I move on to real  time blogging  I just want to congratulate everyone on the fantastic  outpouring for the Commenting Story Adventure. It is always a great  sign when the number of...

Michelle Andelman Leaves Andrea Brown Literary

I just got word that associate agent Michelle Andelman of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is leaving to be a literary scout with Franklin & Siegel. Michelle was one of many agents at ABLA who focuses on children’s material.  We’ve met at a few conferences over the years. Update: Michelle has e-mailed me to...

'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to all who entered the first-ever “Worst Storyline Contest” here on the GLA blog.  We got approximately 185 entries!  The judging is over and the winning lines are below (as well as some commentary from me).  Special thanks to several WD and WD Books staffers who weighed in on the judging, and congrats...