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


Best Tweets for Writers (4/23/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Most valuable Tweet of the day: 100 Creative Writing Blogs (From February, but I just found it!)@nicoledenae The rest: Off to teach dialogue to creative nonfiction workshop. See my post from last fall on this...

April PAD Challenge: Day 23

After today’s poem, we’ll just be a week away from completion! Can you dig it? I don’t know if you’re the same as I am, but I’ve found doing this prompts actually encourages me to write more during the month. I’ve probably written at least 30-40 first draft poems and/or random lines for poems...

Best Tweets for Writers (4/22/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Note: I partly decided to undertake this Twitter round-up to show writers why they might be interested in Twitter. I hope that the point has been made. After this Friday, I’ll check in every week...

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New Agency Alert: The McVeigh Agency

Former editor Mark McVeigh has recently opened his own literary agency. Adult writing areas of interest: "fiction of all kinds, nonfiction (especially) biographies and history), memoir, photo books on fashion, art, architecture, and more, graphic novels." Juvenile areas of interest: "picture books that are character driven, funny, and with a totally kid-centric hook; chapter books, middle-grade...

Is It Young Adult or Middle Grade?

Q. My 96,000-word manuscript features a 12 yr old and 11 yrs old protagonist, the themes are dark. Have been looking around and am unsure — YA or mid-grade?  Help!        – Marco A. I think I can help.  I just finished my first middle grade novel and, for a good while, I thought...

April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a work-related poem. Work doesn’t have to be the main feature of the poem, but I want you to “work” it in somehow. And remember: There are different types of work. Of course, there are the activities that gain you fortune and fame (or not), but...

Interview With Poet Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen is the author of Writer’s Digest Books’ most recent poetry title, Writing the Life Poetic. She’s also the author of Like the Heart, the World (Queen of Wands Press). She’s taught poetry at universities, hospitals and writing conferences as well as online. As principal of Sage Communications, Cohen writes the words that...

Best Tweets for Writers (4/21/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet today, leave it in the Comments. Most valuable Tweet of the day: Hilari Bell has posted her tips on how to pitch a novel @xenabelle The rest: Ripe for Writers: Love is that sound molecules make before bonding; can you...

Don't Use "Exact Same"

Q: Is the term “exact same” correct? As in: “The sisters were raised in the exact same environment?”—Judy R. A: No, the term “exact same” isn’t correct. Why? For the same reason “end result,” “unexpected surprise” and “basic fundamentals” are wrong—they’re redundant. While all these expressions have sneaked into daily conversations around the water...

You Have a Contract But No Literary Agent

Q. My friend (I write that and I feel like I’m trying to hide from a therapist or something!) had her first novel published by a smaller publishing house earlier this year. Now they would like to offer her a contract for five more books in the series. She negotiated the first sale without...

You've Got a Memoir – What Now?

Q. I have a completed draft of a nonfiction book.   It is, I think, a memoir.   My question is this: who do I look for?  I’m thinking that it might be in the memoir list of agents, but some might not want to deal with me.   I don’t know of any stories similar to...

April PAD Challenge: Day 21

We’re now 3 weeks into April! And to celebrate, we get a 2-for-Tuesday prompt. Hurrah! Here are the two prompts for the day (you only need to choose one, unless you’re all about pushing yourself to the limit): 1. Write a haiku. The haiku is not just a form but a genre of poetry....

Best Tweets for Writers (4/20/09)

Note on Twitter tools: See this great analysis of Tweetdeck vs. Seesmic. I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If I missed a great Tweet today, leave it in the Comments. Today’s post includes items from the weekend. Most valuable Tweet of the day:I can honestly say it was something Writer’s Digest noticed...

Writers and the Recession: How Can You Succeed?

I was interviewed by Tad Richards of the New York Careers Examiner. We discuss writing, publishing, recession, and how everything is changing … and how writers need to shift strategy to succeed. A snippet: TR: With print periodicals in danger of becoming dinosaurs, what’s the future there for writers? JF: Where is journalism headed...

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My Adventures in Las Vegas: Part 1 …

The Las Vegas Writers' Conference started in full on Friday and I presented on agents, and then again on pitching. The sessions went well. Along with my coworker, Zac Petit, there were a few authors there and a good amount of literary agents taking pitches from every direction. The agents were very available and...

Poetic Forms: Villanelle

(Okay, I’m going to try posting this again. Apparently, this blog is anti-villanelle.) So, the French form I had not covered yet was not the rondeau, but the villanelle. Oh well. We got a nice rondeau refresher earlier this week. (Check it out here.) The villanelle, like the other French forms, does have many...

April PAD Challenge: Day 20

We’re now 66.7% of the way through April (after finishing today’s poem). Despite crazy technological snafus, I think we’re going to make it. Only 10 days to go after today! Yay! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem of rebirth. There are many different types of rebirth available, including the changing...

April PAD Challenge: Day 19

I apologize for the problem some people were having yesterday with posting their poems. I think it is fixed now, because I was just able to successfully leave a comment on Day 18. Perhaps appropriately, today’s prompt is to write an angry poem. That is, a poem about someone or something that gets angry....

April PAD Challenge: Day 18

After today’s poem, we’ll be 60% of the way through this challenge. Woo-hoo! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem with an interaction of some sort. The interaction does NOT have to be between people, though it can. For instance, you could write about the interaction between a bee and a...

Is Your Submission Considered 'The Slush Pile'?

Q. I subscribe to and pay for Writer’s Digest online [www.writersmarket.com]. I believe the staff of Writer’s Digest insult me and all other serious writers by referring to our submissions to agents as the slush pile. It is my understanding the term is derived from the pile of manuscripts created in the various publishing...

Best Tweets for Writers (4/17/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. If I missed a great Tweet today, leave it in the Comments. Today was #queryday; use Twitter search sites (like this one) to track the conversation related to queries (between writers and agents)....

April PAD Challenge: Day 17

As with so many others who’ve been participating in this challenge, I am amazed not only by the quantity of poems submitted to Poetic Asides, but also the quality. And the creativity. You guys rock! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem with the following title: “All I want is (blank),”...