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


Live Chat With Agent Michael Bourret

The Web site Editor Unleashed, which is run by former WD editor Maria Schneider, is hosting a live forum chat with agent Michael Bourret of the Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. Michael Bourret. The chat goes down from 1-2 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11.  Visit the EU Web site here.  If you’re writing juvenile...

Follow-up: Agents Finding Your Blog Online

Q. Hi, Chuck! I have a question about agents and blogs: I have read and heard so many accounts of writers blogging about a specific topic or writing project, and an agent or editor reading it, contacting the writer, and offering to consider looking at a proposal, reading sample chapters, etc. (I’ve even read...

3 Questions Writers Love to Ask (That Really Have No Concrete Answer)

I was recently invited to an online Q&A with UCLA’s extension course on Finding a Home for Your Essay (Online), taught by Victoria Zackheim. It’s always invigorating and interesting to field questions from writers that remind you what it’s like to undertake the endeavor to write and publish. Sometimes, after being in the industry...

Book Doctors and Freelance Editors

Q. I’m just wondering: If I needed an editor and/or ghost writer for my book, where would I acquire one? Now, I’m not done with my book, I only got a few chapters done. But does that matter, or do I have to have my novel completed before I can get an editor and...

Thanks for coming… now go pitch some shows!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the my Small Screen, Big Picture book signing and TV seminar, “Seven Steps to Selling Your Show” today at the Writer’s Store!  For those of you who were able to make it, I can’t tell you how much I appreciated you coming and supporting the book! ...

My Big Rant on Self-Publishing

I can’t tell you how tired I am of hearing people bash self-publishing. The things I hear usually fall into two categories: Most self-published books aren’t quality Some self-publishing services are unethical If you agree with one of the above statements, let me lay it out real clear for you: The landscape is changing,...

A Special Message from the WGA

Hey, everyone– David Young, Executive Director of the Writers Guild West, just sent this email to members.  It’s got some great updates and information on what’s happened in the months since last year’s writers strike… thought you’d find it interesting and informative (also, it copies and pastes funny, so my apologies for the weird...

A Thank-You to Self-Publishing Webinar Participants

This afternoon, I presented a webinar on self-publishing, meant to give an overview of how and why you might self-publish, and how much you should invest (monetarily) in it. If you weren’t aware, there are many digital self-publishing options available that don’t cost you a dime, and can get your work in front of...

Children's Agent Seeking Submissions!

I’ve blogged before a few times about Michelle Andelman, a literary agent with a big soft spot for good children’s writing.  I interviewed her when she was with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and then she moved to Franklin & Siegal as a literary scout. Well now, Michelle is back in the agenting world, as...

From Writers to Agents: A List of Dos and Don'ts!

My coworker, Alice Pope, has put together a list of requested “dos and don’ts” from writers to agents.  (There is also a similar post on dos and don’ts for editors.)  Definitely check out the lists and let your opinions fly on the comment boards. See Alice’s CWIM blog here! Here are some examples of...

Are You Annoyed When Told to Visit a Website (While Reading Print)?

I received my first piece of reader mail in response to my article “Straight Expectations” in WD’s March/April 2009 issue, which gives the official Writer’s Digest stance on whether or not writers should self-publish. (The conclusion, of course, is that it depends on your goals and expectations from publishing.) As part of our self-publishing...

Book Reading (and Writing): Is It a Fundamental Human Need?

I don’t like the term e-book very much. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to mean in the long run. We even have trouble defining what it means in book publishing contracts. Usually when I think of books, I think of a distinct experience where I slow down and focus my attention on something...

Is It OK to Write a Fictional Story About a Historical Character?

Q: Is it OK to write a fictional story about a historical character like Paul Revere or John Hancock? —Charles A: The answer to that question is the same as the answer to this one: Is Brian A. Klems breathtakingly handsome? In case you hesitated, the correct answer is yes. Capital Y-E-S. (Also, when...

A bunch of stuff… including Scott's contest question

Hey, guys– A bunch of stuff… 1)  Scott asked a good about the Spinoff Contest… “Will you allow entrants from outside the US?” The answer?… ABSOLUTELY!  Wherever you are, Scott– or anyone else– please: submit away!  Click HERE for all the details… 2)  If you’re into web video, check out a great website called...

Defining Create Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction and Biography

Q. At first I thought I was writing “narrative nonfiction.”  As I proceed through the book, I have begun to wonder whether I might be writing “creative nonfiction,” or even an “autobiography.”  Could you please further elucidate the distinctions?      – Mark A. Well let’s see…      Narrative nonfiction IS creative nonfiction.  They are one in the same...

Pat, Chris and Other Gender-Neutral Names

Don’t forget: When addressing a literary agent in a query letter, it should always be in the form of “Dear Mr./Ms. Robinson:” However, feel free to break this rule when you are addressing an agent whose gender is in question – names such as Pat, Chris, Charley, heck even Leslie.  Just simply address them as...