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


Should You Blog? And If So, What Are Best Practices?

Photo credit: Laughing Squid More writers are blogging than ever. And if you’re not blogging already, you’ve probably considered it. Recently, a writer asked me via Facebook about blogging. She said: [It is] my impression that blogs related to writing are primarily written by people with expertise in their field and who have valuable...

Promptly Special: Get Published in WD Magazine

Seven people board a small boat for a tour of the islands, but when the boat returns to the dock, only six people remain on board. —From The Writer’s Book of Matches by the staff of fresh boiled peanuts: a literary journal Hey writers, Quandary: In WD magazine, we’re typically cramped for open space,...

Josh Olson Is Wrong

A few days ago, I posted a link to screenwriter Josh Olson’s Village Voice column, “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script,” in which he rails against an aspiring screenwriter who asked him to read his script.   Now, first, let me say this… Josh is fairly vitriolic in this column… and on certain...

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How I Got My Agent: Robert Hicks

"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...

Identify the Literary Agent of Any Book

If you want to know who agented a particular book, there are a variety of ways how to discover the individual literary rep who made the deal. Here are three ideas for starters: 1. Simply check the book’s acknowledgements. Sometimes, it will be as simple as a writer saying, “And a special thanks to my agent, Randy...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 9/11/09)

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 your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best Great post: “When should I consider spending my own money on...

MOVIE TALK: 9

I’ve seen a lot of movies this week, but 9, the new animated movie produced by Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Day Watch), is easily the most disappointing.  It’s not the WORST movie I’ve seen this week (that distinction is saved for My One And Only)…...

Some Seriously Glourious Basterds

Okay, I know I’m a little behind the bandwagon on this, but I FINALLY got around to seeing Inglourious Basterds tonight, and I have to say… THAT IS AN AWESOMELY BAD-ASS MOVIE. I’m not usually a huge Quentin Tarantino fan… I like him, but I always feel like he recycles his same bag of...

Why Leno Will Fail… Maybe?

Jay Leno‘s new not-the-Tonight-Show-version-of-the-Tonight-Show hits the airwaves Monday, and Hollywood is anxious to see how this will play out for NBC.  It’s been a huge controversy in the world of television… with some people applauding NBC for finding inexpensive, ratings-proof (possibly) programming, other vilifying them for axing 5 hours of scripted programming, and others...

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What Agents Hate: Part II (Author 101 Series)

When writers try to get an agent, they are asked to run a difficult course, and run it under a microscope. Although the level of scrutiny that writers receive is huge, it is definitely surmountable. Read the following items that agents dislike and alter your approaches accordingly. Agents hate the following items: 5....

Books that encourage

  I love books about writing.  Books that explore the process, share the trials and joys of working, offer encouragement and advice.  Inspirational books about the writing practice, the writing life. Lately I’ve been pulling my favorites off the bookshelf so I can have them near me when I write. Here are some favorites...

Weekend Prompt: Your Ultimate Quote (Win swag!)

Write a conversation in which you utter what will be your—or your character’s—most memorable quote. The one that will be repeated for some time—for better or worse. — Hey writers, In the world of authors, you’ve probably heard them, or some form of them, before. “[Writing is] like driving a car at night. You...

6 Quick Movie Reviews

Every once in a while, the stars align in little ways that turn out to be AWESOME… like when A) you’re off work for a week, and B) your parents are in town, so you C) get to spend the week seeing a ton of movies.  This never happens… I mean, I like to...

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Do You Need a Conservative Literary Agent For Conservative Books? A Liberal Literary Agent for Liberal Books?

Someone found my GLA blog searching for "conservative literary agents." So, I started to wonder about the question, "Do you need a conservative literary agent to publish a conservative-minded book?"—such as, let's say, Why Liberals Will Ruin This Country or whatever. Would an agent need their beliefs to line up with the book's message?...

Will You Read My Fucking Script?

Special thanks to Sam for pointing out this brutally direct and honest (yet I don’t think entirely fair or true) column from screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) from yesterday’s Village Voice… Click HERE to read “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script“ You might also like:No Related Posts

Book Promotion: Like Shouting Prayers Into Hurricane

I first met author N.M. Kelby at the AWP Conference in Atlanta. The Writer’s Digest staff includes many fans of her work, so it was thrilling to talk with her about a potential book project. I’m now proud to announce the fruits of our collaboration, new to our list this fall:The Constant Art of...

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7 Reasons Why Your Work May Be Rejected, by Hallie Ephron

At Killer Nashville, a trio of extremely knowledgeable publishing pros held a panel on the most common reasons why a manuscript is rejected by an agent. Below you'll find part one of this post series. Keep in mind that the panelists were discussing why a manuscript will be rejected, not a novel synopsis or query...

Meet MFA Confidential!

Hey, all– Just wanted to introduce you to Writer’s Digest‘s newest blogger, Kate Monahan, who is chronicling her life as a grad student (in Fiction-writing) at the New School in New York City through WD‘s new blog, MFA Confidential. Kate just started last week, but I’m totally hooked.  I have to admit– there’s something...

Mid-Week Prompt: A Game of Confession

Hey writers, Hope you had a refreshing Labor Day. I spent the weekend in Goshen, Ind., in the upper reaches of the great Midwest, tooling around on boats and board games (after all, as the local TV commercials boast, there’s more than corn in Indiana—which you’re pleased to discover after five hours of driving...

Stacia Decker Finds a New Home at Donald Maass Literary

Word round the campfire is that agent Stacia Decker has joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency.  Stacia was an editor for a while, then joined Firebrand Literary earlier this year.  Firebrand kind of abruptly closed in summer 2009, and three agents formed Upstart Crow Literary while Stacia moved over to Donald Maass. Stacia Decker Fiction...