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

What Should You Include in Your Bio for Agents?

Q: I’ve recently finished my first novel and have begun searching for an agent to represent me. Some of the agents ask for a writer’s bio. Could you please tell me exactly what information I should include in this bio? What should be left out?—Terrie Smith A: Writers are often advised to write bios...

Should You Mention Your Age in a Book Query?

Q. How old do you need to be in order to publish a book? Is there a specific age limit?         – Stacia A. There is no age limit, Stacia.  Didn’t S.E. Hinton write The Outsiders when she was just 15?       The bigger question here is whether you should mention your young...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/8/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet 10 Common Writing Mistakes @DanielLiterary Others The Renegade Writer Blog » Connecting with Editors on Social Media” @meghnaK @JeremiahTolbert with 5 lies writers believe about...

I Hate Telephones (an Irrational Rant)

Every time I get in a relationship with someone, early on I establish a rule: We will not be having (long) conversations on the phone. I suspect it’s been a deal breaker at times, or at least a red flag (I’m thinking of you, Mr. Get-Anything-I-Want-on-the-Phone Conductor). This morning, I overheard a conversation between...

Onion Star Trek Spoof!

If you haven’t seen the Onion “News Network”‘s hilarious Star Trek commentary— beam yourself up!… Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’

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New Agency Alert: Kirsten Neuhaus Literary

Kirsten Neuhaus, who has worked at a few agencies in recent years, has recently broke out on her own. She is seeking: Nonfiction, particularly current events, international affairs, pop cultural studies, and narratives with strong female voices, as well as up-market, commercial fiction.

Blog Maintenance!

Hey, guys– Just wanted to let you know that starting tonight, this blog– and all the other Writers Digest blogs– will be undergoing maintenance that will last till Friday.  I *think* most of the content will stay up, but some of the features won’t be working all the time… like the comments section.  So...

Dear Writer, Please Pay in Full

As publisher of Writer’s Digest, I get the tough, make-you-cringe cases for response. Back in March, we received the following e-mail through our general account. It’s a long message, but important to convey in its entirety. Dear Writer, please pay your membership fee in full.Dear Writer, please pay for your online membership.Dear Writer, please...

Writers– and employees of all stripes– unite!

Hey, folks– Just wanted to invite you all to an important event tomorrow… it concerns not only Hollywood’s writers, but employees everywhere! Join WGAW President Patric M. Verrone, WGAW members and the Los Angeles Federation of Labor as Los Angeles workers fight for the Employee Free Choice Act. Patric will be addressing a crowd that...

Dos and Don'ts

Q: When writing about a list of “dos and don’ts” do you punctuate it like I just did, or does “do’s” need an apostrophe. I know it’s plural, but it looks odd to spell it “dos.” –Heidi Thomas A: Funny you ask, as this recently came up during an editorial meeting with our managing...

FOX & the NY TV Festival – Comedy Pilot Contest!

Hey, all– Thanks to Erica for letting me know re: the upcoming deadline for the 2nd Annual Comedy Script Contest from the New York TV Festival and FOX!  This is a pretty reputable festival, and quickly becoming a destination for TV networks, studios, and producers! Click HERE for all the details… good luck!!

SHARLA'S QUESTION: Are web scripts useful writing samples?

Hey, folks— Today’s reader question comes from Sharla.  First of all, I have to say—Sharla, MAJOR THANKS for your super-nice comments on Small Screen, Big Picture!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it… and I’m glad you found it helpful! As for your question… here it is: “I’ve been hearing everywhere that...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/1/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet All you authors still wondering what a “platform” is and why you need one … be sure to read @MichaelHyatt post @jwikert Others Literary agent...


Hey, guys– Props to loyal reader Charlie for submitting today’s website of the day… which, admittedly, is kind of random and seemingly off-topic, but I thought it was so cool and interesting– and, hopefully, helpful– I wanted to pass it on to you all. So, for all you comic book writers and graphic novelists,...


Agent Advice: Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich

This installment features Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich. Jim interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University. Seeking: "literary and commercial works. He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative...

Warning: You Don't Want to Miss the Best Content of the Year

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of this blog, There Are No Rules. I am still finding the right combination of content and perspective that will help you, so on this anniversary, I offer this invitation: What questions, topics, and subjects do you want me to cover in the year ahead? What do you...

Nifty Tool!

Thank you to Anders Bylund who created a nifty tool to search for poems in the challenge. His little gadget allows people to search by day, by name, or full-text search. He recommends searching by name (and that seems to make the most sense to me as well). If you want to check it...

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Hard to believe, but we made it through the entire month of April. Go us! Please check back tomorrow to learn the details of what to expect in the future as far as receiving notification of the April PAD completionists and those who make the Top 50 eBook. With more than 25,000 comments on...