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


CREATING POTENT VILLAINS – David's Pitch Workshop

Hey, folks– A few weeks ago, loyal reader David submitted to the Pitch Workshop a synopsis for his hacker thriller, Hacktivism.  So first of all, thanks to David for submitting… and thanks to all of you who responded with comments and constructive criticism. For those of you missed it, here’s the synopsis, followed by...

Agent Advice: Michelle Humphrey of Sterling Lord Literistic

This installment features Michelle Humphrey of ICM. As an assistant for the Renee Zuckerbrot Agency and then Anderson Literary, she's worked with such authors as Kelly Link, Amy Ryan, Barry Lyga, and Helen Benedict. Prior to agencies, her gigs have included English Teacher, Proofreader, and Freelance Book Reviewer; her reviews have been published in...

Remove These Phrases From Your Writing Life

I’m on an inspirational kick this week. I recently connected on LinkedIn with my very first boss at F+W. I always remember the advice he repeated to me that went something like: “Imagine you’re 80, looking back on the fulfilling, beautiful life you’ve led. Now go do that.” I come across too many people...

What to Remember at Every Writing Conference

Writing conferences: They make us feel good because we’re taking proactive, positive steps toward our writerly goals, rather than sitting in front of the TV with a laptop and The Simpsons. Thing is, once we get to the conference, we’re constantly analyzing: Do we stack up to this writer or that budding poet? Do...

A Look at Revision

  Revision is tough. But you hear it all the time: writing is revising. And I know this is true. Some people love rewriting, writer Bernard Malamud called revising “one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.” And then there is the rest of us (some of you may love it, too?). It’s not that...

Can You Copyright a Title?

Q: I’ve been working on a book and the title is very important—I use it as the URL for my blog, for a weekly column I write, etc., and I want people to identify it with me. Can I copyright a title so others can’t use it? –Anonymous A: Copyrights cover works fixed in...

It's Not Business As Usual–Stop Acting Like It

In my role at Writer’s Digest I balance two key objectives that’s an odd, meta-publishing endeavor: Help aspiring writers succeed in the publishing arena Keep the Writer’s Digest business—as a publishing and/or content business—viable Because of my position within the publishing industry, I see up-close the effects of hard economic times, transformational technology, and...

Cold Querying Still Works

This post on the PubRants blog was way too amazing not to mention.  Guest blogger Megan Crewe, writing on agent Kristin Nelson’s site, explains how she polled 270 successful fiction authors and asked them if they broke in with a referral (a personal connection with someone in the business) or whether they cold queried...

Marketing Vs. Story: Which is King? (Plus, Craft the Ultimate Cliche)

Marketing, marketing, marketing. You hear it from writing books. You hear it from us. You hear it from conferences, published writers at readings and even unpublished writers hanging out on street corners. Sure, it’s important—if not crucial at times—but what should really take precedence when it gets down to the marrow of things? It’s...

New Agent Alert: Myrsini Stephanides of the Carol Mann 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 seeking: Nonfiction: pop...

How I Got My Agent: Mary DeMuth

"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...

Colbert Nails Glenn Beck – BRILLIANT!

Hey, guys– Just had to post this clip from last night’s Colbert Report— it’s not only hilarious, but it’s one of the most powerful pieces of social/political satire I’ve seen in a long time.  Dead-on, never-wavering, and pulls no punches… and Colbert’s summation at the end is sheer genius.  Love this… wonderfully written! The...

15 Worthy Blogs I Just Discovered

I recently received the “One Lovely Blog Award” from Jillian Livingston (go check out isdisnormal—and you must if you are a mom). My thanks to her for introducing me to this concept. As a result of being honored, I’ve been asked to note 15 blogs I recently discovered that I find worthy of the...

Exercises to keep you writing through the weekend

  I’ll be writing a lot this weekend. My second submission for my fiction workshop is due on Monday.  This time, I plan to submit a revision, rather than something brand new. It’s a story I’ve been working on and I just feel done with it…. I read somewhere that when revisions stop improving...

Agent Advice: Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

This installment features Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown Ltd Besides the usual agenting duties, Nathan is well known for his popular blog on agenting and publishing, widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) blogs by literary agents on the Internet. In addition, he is a new writer of middle...

Top 20 Lessons from WD: On Rejection

Hi writers, Thanks to everyone who stopped by Monday to read or chat with bestseller Dianna Love. And, of course, I’d also like to extend a Promptly Thank You to Dianna for sharing her prompts and insights. As promised, we’ll be giving away copies of Dianna’s Break Into Fiction to two random commenters. Jacqui...

Don Draper > Barack Obama?

Is Don Draper (the main guy in Mad Men) more influential than Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, and Simon Cowell?  According to 500,000 men who read AskMen.com— YUP. Check out this poll abput the 49 most influential men in the world… pretty interesting!   (And people say scripted programming is dying!  Uh, apparently it’s more influential...

New School reading with author Nicole Krauss

  As part of the MFA curriculum, The New School has something called The Writers’ Life Colloquium. Throughout the semester, the school schedules fiction writers, non-fiction writers, poets, agents, and others publishing industry people to visit the NS and do readings and panels. There’s also an interview with a moderator, as well as a...

Sign Up For My Webinar: 'How to Land a Literary Agent'

You hear me talk a lot on this blog about the writers’ conferences I attend and the presentations I give on agents and pitching.  Well, if you’ve ever wanted to attend such a conference but can’t because of money or proximity issues, here is your chance to listen in and ask questions from your...