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 Cris Freese
The GLA blog keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences. 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 the Guide to Literary Agents 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


Happy 90th to Writer's Digest (Comes With Facelift)

Today, Writer’s Digest & Writer’s Market celebrate 90 years of serving writers with a gathering in our hometown of Cincinnati. We’ve been fortunate to have news outlets in town cover the festivities and acknowledge the specialness of a print publication surviving as long as Writer’s Digest magazine (and Writer’s Market) have....

Form the Perfect Critique Group

My colleague, Kelly Nickell, is the mastermind behind the titles we publish at Writer’s Digest Books (with the exception of the annual market listing guides—more on that here). On a regular basis, she writes a column explaining why we decided to publish a certain book, or what makes it extraordinary or...

Story Structure: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. Structure is the way scenes are organized so as to provide a clear beginning, middle, and end to a story. For the Potter series,...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/15/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best Is your novel way too long? One question that will help you...

5 for Friday: Writing Advice and Reflections on the Process

  Happy Friday, All. I found some great writing advice and writing reflections in The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction and thought I’d share it with all of you… Enjoy and happy writing! 1.       Edwidge Danticat on finishing… The biggest obstacle in terms of the writing itself is finding something...

Is the slush pile dead? (Plus weekend prompt)

Just read a great article in The Wall Street Journal, Katherine Rosman’s “The Death of the Slush Pile.” While the piece recaps what most writers know—you need an agent to get your work published by big presses, breaking out of the pile can take a miracle—it spotlights slush piles across a...

New Agent Alert: Lauren MacLeod of the Strothman Agency

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. She is...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Donna Gambale

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Donna Gambale. Donna Gambale blogs at...

Originality: Making Your Work Seem Fresh & New

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. The author of Ecclesiastes had it right: there is nothing new under the sun. For most artists, true originality is unobtainable and a waste...

5 Great Quotes on Writing

As we’re gearing up for WD’s 90th anniversary party next week—talking about printing magazine covers on cakes, sustaining unfortunate injuries such as a thumbtack puncture from a flier posting gone wrong—I keep flipping back to our January issue to check various covers, round up materials, etc. In the process, I’ve been...

Can You Measure Good Writing?

I’ve struggled with the AM I GETTING WORSE complex as many of you know… I mean, you want to think you’re getting better. Don’t most writers look back at their earlier works and shake their heads with wonder at how much they’ve grown? You know, you do all the right things:...

Agent Advice: Stacia Decker of Donald Maass Literary

This installment features Stacia Decker, an agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, which she joined in 2009 after agenting at Firebrand Literary. A former editor at Harcourt and Otto Penzler Books, Stacia began her career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux after earning an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University....

Telling a Story: One-Sentence Stress Test

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. — In a work of commercial fiction, the one inescapable positive trait is story. This may sound so obvious as to be condescending, and...

The Strengths of the Harry Potter Series

This post introduces a 13-part series on the craft & technique of Harry Potter by the insightful Jim Adam. This series includes: Telling a Story: The One-Sentence Stress Test Originality: Making Your Work Seem Fresh & New Story Structure: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends Premise vs. Story: One Big Mistake Writers Make...

Footnotes: 8 Articles on Query Letter Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. You’ve revised your manuscript to the point where you can’t stand to look at it anymore and now you are ready to tackle the dreaded query letter. Today I’m...

How I Got My Agent: Heather McCorkle

"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,...

Wanting Is Fundamental to Fiction

As always, the Glimmer Train bulletin has wonderful gems for fiction writers. Here’s one of my favorites from Cary Holladay: Sometimes I start my fiction workshop by asking students to introduce themselves by telling something they’ve never told anybody else. “It doesn’t have to be a big secret. Just a little...

What Does Future Hold for Writers? Predictions for 2010-2020

Predictions are common as a new year begins–especially a new decade. And the publishing industry invites more speculation than ever, given the tremendous transformation underway. Below are the most compelling predictions I found (that I agree with). At the end of this post, you’ll find links to all major publishing prediction...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/8/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best Why the editor doesn’t love your book@LianaBrooks I just posted So You...