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


Writing the Reality TV Show – Next Thursday!

Hey, TV writers and producers– If you have any idea for the next America’s Got Talent, Good Eats, The Amazing Race or Criss Angel: Mindfreak… or if you’re just trying to get your foot in the reality TV door… or even if you’re just a big reality fan… check out the mediabistro seminar I’m...

Thanks for the Great Comments

Hi Writers, Apologies for my lapse in postings. I’ve had a couple of busy weeks, but wanted to assure you haven’t forgotten about the blog. I’ve been reading everyone’s comments, which have been great… lot’s of good things to think about. I’m hoping soon to have a chance to post some answers to some...

Off to the Maui Conference

Hey all, Maria and I are packing our bags and ready to head out to the Maui Writers Conference—oh the hardships of being an editor (insert smilie face here). She wanted to post, but was too busy trying to locate a reasonably-priced grass skirt on eBay, so I’m filling in. Thankfully, I already own...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 017

For today’s poetry prompt, let’s write a poem about finding something. You can find an old award, photograph, or sense of humor. You can make it something funny, sad, or angry. In the process of finding something, I hope we all find ourselves with another poem. Here’s my attempt for the day: “Goggles” He discovered...

Speaking of the Writers Strike…

Hey, guys– On the heels of yesterday’s Variety article about the aftermath of the writers strike, check out today’s article about the WGA‘s upcoming elections.  Even if you’re not living or working in L.A., the results of these elections will help shape Hollywood– and writers’ roles in it– for the near future… http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117991184.html?categoryid=10&cs=1

Action, Thriller, or Crime Scripts Wanted

FROM JEFF GUND’S INFO LIST… Hi everyone, INFOLIST.com has forged an alliance with InkTip.com to bring you some great opportunities! Here’s some info on a script wanted that is high concept action/drama story with comedic elements, ala The Rundown – be sure to read the specific details below! Feel free to forward if you...

If I Write in Multiple Genres, Do I Need Multiple Agents?

Q: I’m in the process of authoring books in four different genres. Do I need to enlist four agents?—N. Schad A: You’re writing four books at once? I can’t handle writing two stories at the same time, let alone four, so I’m impressed. But when it’s time to find an agent, you may want...

The Writers Strike: 6 Months Later…

Hey, everyone– it’s been six months since the end of the 100-day writers strike that shut down Hollywood for almost four months in 2007 and 2008… and we’re still feeling the effects.  Pilot and development season has been revamped (at least for now), networks and studios have fewer projects in development, and the Screen...

Text Message Poetry: A New Poetic Form?

This morning, I was contemplating different poetry delivery methods, thinking of the obvious ones first: print books, chapbooks, journals, broadsides, websites, blogs, e-mail, PDFs, CDs, DVDs, etc. And finally, I thought of text messaging. On my cell, one page is defined as 160 characters, and I’m unable break my lines. So I started wondering...

GLA vs. Writer's Market

Q. I queried an agent back in April using Writer’s Market to find her. Her listing no longer exists on Writer’s Market and she has requested a partial read of my manuscript. What does it mean when an agent is no longer listed with Writer’s Market?        – Sonya A. Great question.  Writer’s Market...

Choose Your Own Commenting Adventure

When I was a wee lad of middle school angst years, I enjoyed those  Choose Your Own Adventure books, mostly because I felt like I had  control of the pending situation, even if I could never figure out to  keep from shaking the branch to retrieve Carlos’s backpack whilst the  Abominable Snowman lurked around....

Two Cool Web Series!

Hey, everyone– Not sure if you’ve seen these, but wanted to turn you on to two interesting web series… 1)  Stephen King’s N.  This is an adaptation of a short story coming out in Just After Sunset, a collection of Stephen King stories coming out this November.  The web series, written by Marc Guggenheim...

Fake Bio Note Contest!

Recently, I was reading about how the Wine Spectator magazine was duped by a fake restaurant in its restaurant awards. This got me thinking how fun it might be to have a “fake bio note” contest. And since we just recently released the 2009 Poet’s Market, I can offer that up as a prize...

Alegra Clarke's latest entry

Hi Writers,Writer’s Digest 2007 Annual Competition winner Alegra Clarke has been updating us on her progress to get her novel published. Here are photos of our trip to New York. And here is her last post about her trip to New York to meet with agents. Alegra’s latest entry: Before I went to NYC...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: How NOT to Write a Screenplay

Hey, screenwriters– I’m excited to present a special guest today… William M. Akers, author of the new screenwriting book, Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great, from Michael Wiese Productions, and… my former screenwriting teacher at Vanderbilt University! Will was not only a great teacher (and my first screenwriting professor ever), but...

Writing and Critique Groups: How many exist?

This morning, Jane Friedman (editorial director of Writer’s Digest Books) asked me to pass along the following message that she also posted on her blog (http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules). Please feel free to comment below if you have any feedback to share on this topic. Thanks! Original message: Every week at F+W, we have a pub board meeting...

Slow News Day

So I thought I didn’t have anything to share today, but as I was cleaning out my e-mail, I found the following message from Gretl van der Merwe, who’s apparently starting up a bimonthly magazine called Melisma. Here’s the official notice: TheVerbForI will be publishing the first issue of “melisma,” it’s bimonthly magazine on...

Speaking of crazy slush piles…

Hi Writers,Thanks to all who spoke their piece on my previous post. Great discussion, feel free to continue the dialogue. The issue Charlotte Cook brought up though, about facing an overwhelming slush pile, is something that’s a widespread problem in the publishing industry. And I found an article on BookSeller.com “The Slush Pile Goes...

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New Agent: Jon Sternfeld of Irene Goodman Literary

Reminder: Newer agents 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. He is seeking: intelligent literary...

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MORE Agent Chapter 1 Pet Peeves and Writing Cliches

The current issue of Writer's Digest magazine (Sept/Oct 08) has a piece in it that I wrote on literary agents' chapter 1 pet peeves. For it, I basically just contacted a whole bunch of agents - new and experienced, fiction and nonfiction, Christian and not, juvenile and adult - and asked them all...

Beware the Children's Literary Agency

Q. Hi, I have a finished manuscript that is for the age range of 7-12. Can you tell me if you are familiar with Children’s Literary Agency? If so, can you tell me what you know about them? Thank you.        – Debbie A. I am familiar with that agency and let me say...