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


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How I Got My Agent: Katharina Gerlach

"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, e-mail me at...

Weekend Prompt: Tragically, Hero

Hey writers, Anyone have an iPhone? I’ve been too attached to my old phone (read: thrifty) to pick one up, but am steadily wishing I would. WD Market Books Managing Editor Alice Pope gave me a heads-up about this: featherproof Books’ TripleQuick Fiction iPhone app. In a nutshell, the app will serve up stories...

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Agent Advice: Amberly Finarelli of Andrea Hurst Literary Management

This installment features Amberly Finarelli of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. She is seeking: Her nonfiction areas of interest: Humor/gift books, Crafts, How-to (financial, house and home, health and beauty, weddings), Relationships/advice, Self-help, psychology, Travel writing, Narrative Nonfiction. Her fiction areas of interest: Commercial women's fiction, Comic and cozy mysteries, Literary fiction with a focus on...

If Your Goal is to Get an Agent…

…the September issue of WD–which hit newsstands just last week–is tailor-made for you. We began working on this annual issue devoted to all things agent back in the spring with a lot of anticipation: We get many, many, MANY questions here at WD throughout the year related to literary agents (and, specifically, to our...

Hitler vs. Avatar

For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar, which comes out this winter, I’m posting it below.  (Not that it’s that great…) But first, and even better, comes “Hitler Learns That the Avatar Trailer Sucks” (which is pretty hilarious… maybe one of my favorites of all the “Hitler” videos…)...

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New Agent Alert: Beth Fleisher of Barry Goldblatt 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. She is seeking: Fiction: She...

2010 GLA Excerpt: How to Write a Book Proposal

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents has arrived in bookstores and is available now. Needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean—just look at the book.  It looks like a delicious s’more. That is—a delicious s’more filled with tons of agent info and conference info and articles.  I suppose...

And the Winner Is . . . (Plus Photo Prompt)

Hey writers, After combing through all of the stories from the last month, battling indecision, falling for many pieces, and filtering everything through our own negotiable subjectivity, we have a favorite pick from the July/August prompts. Guest judge/WD Editor Jessica Strawser and I selected Beth Cato’s “That Strange Day” response to claim this month’s...

Congrats, C.C.– A Pitch Workshop Success Story!!

Hey, all– Just wanted to post a great email I recently received from C.C., a loyal reader who submitted the logline and synopsis for her TV idea to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop last December.  Here’s what CC writes… Hi Chad, A few months ago I submitted a synopsis for a show called “Sarah...

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Agent Advice: Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management

This installment features Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management in Manhattan. Diane has been in the book publishing field her entire career, and with FinePrint since 2006. She owned and managed an independent publishing services company, edited reference books for U.S. News & World Report, and has coordinated book promotional campaigns for Time-Life Books. She...

Examine Great High-Concept Hooks for Children's Books

Whether you’re writing a kids novel, adult genre novel or screenplay, you’re ahead of the pack if you have a good “hook.”  By that, I mean a story that is easily summarized in one, intriguing sentence (a logline). Teen writer Jay Asher recently went through the Fall 2009 preview in Publishers Weekly, examining upcoming...

"Thought Virus" Protection for Writers

Jane kindly invited me to guest blog here on There Are No Rules while she’s enjoying some R&R this week, and I happily agreed. You may recall that the last time I posted as a guest here, my stay was unexpectedly extended when Jane became stranded in Thailand — so let’s hope for her sake that she...

Monday Creativity Wake-Up Call: Cynic!

Hey writers, In a Monday Kentucky State Fair hangover of nachos and cheese, midway games (I won a stuffed banana, which I claimed, perplexed), blue grass poultry, blue and white cows, Pineapple Whips, super-sugar-enhanced lemonade, a roomful of prize rabbits, a flea market with miracle products galore, a Bald Eagle, tater tots, a 1,000-pound...

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How I Got My Agent: Billy Coffey

"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, e-mail me at...

Example of a Mind-Boggling Horrible Query Letter

This is a “Blast From the Past” post.  To celebrate the GLA Blog’s 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best “older” content that writers likely missed. —— Guest blog column providedby Ric Klass, showing writerseverything they SHOULDN’Tdo in a query. August 24, 2009 Ms. AgentWilliam Morris Agency1825 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10012 Hi...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 8/21/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday (or Sunday!) for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Note: A bit shorter list this week, as I leave for vacation tomorrow—and next week’s...

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Agents Tell How To Start a Story Right

Les Edgerton, an author and pretty cool guy, talked to a lot of literary agents when writing his book Hooked, which is all about grabbing readers on page one and never letting them go. Les has shared some of the agent advice below for us!

Weekend Prompt: In Your Father's Shoes

Hey writers, WD Editor Jessica Strawser and I are gearing up to conquer a critical chunk of our Nov/Dec issue today, so I’ll cut my usual screeds and ramblings short(er), and wish you an excellent weekend. I’m planning on jaunting down to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville tomorrow, and there’s a high likelihood...

WGA/Bullying Update – I get put in my place (thankfully)

Thanks to “WGA Writer,” who posted the following response in the comment section of yesterday’s post… “So it was okay for him to cross a picket line and take a WGA writer’s job (Daytime is a WGA covered area) while they were on strike? That’s called being a scab and it will bar you...

Pain & Struggle: A Fundamental Part of Writing

Nearly one year ago, I came across the following passage on Galleycat: Reflect on this philosophical dispute submitted by one poetry-devoted reader: “The book was a collection of love poems by William Carlos Williams. The poem was ‘Asphodel, that Greeny Flower.’ And the specific line of the poem over which we disagreed was: ‘I...