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


And the Kick-Off Winner Is . . . ?!

Hey writers, After gobbling up mobsters, distopian doctors, cracked families and even old ghosts, it’s time for the results of the Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. Even though I was frequently overtaken by interrobang-like feelings (?!) of indecision, I won’t go into the usual long-winded rant about how difficult it was to pick a winner....

Should You Meet an Agent In Person After Signing?

Q. Once you have an agent – would you meet with them in person often or is most contact done via phone and e-mail? A: You could meet them in person, and it would be nice, but it’s not necessary. Sometimes, it’s just not practical if you’re in Fort Worth and she’s in Manhattan....

5 Elements of Query Letters

Earlier this year, I taught an online class where I offered “extreme makeovers” on query letters. To help ensure everyone took away some concrete advice, every attendee was invited to submit a 1-page query for review. It was a successful workshop, so we’re repeating it again this Thursday. In preparation for the workshop, I...

MOVIE TALK: The Ugly Truth

The best part of “The Ugly Truth,” which opens this Friday, July 24, is that its title pretty much writes the review for you. A romantic comedy so bland and paint-by-numbers that it’s astounding it even got made (and more astounding that Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler chose it), it begins by following Abby,...

Turn Your Dragons Into Princesses

Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet is one of the greatest writing advice books of all time. You can highlight nearly every passage as an inspirational gem. But there isn’t any quantifiable advice in it. As much as Writer’s Digest focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of craft/technique, and beats the drum of marketing and promotion,...

Your Monday Prompt: Photogenic Stranger

Hey writers, Everyone have a good weekend? After several million recommendations over the last few years, I finally caved and my girlfriend Audrey and I hunkered down and tackled part of the first season of Dexter—Showtime’s eerie/hilarious series about, well, a good serial killer who kills bad serial killers who kill good people. Around...

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How I Got My Agent: Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

"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...

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Agent Jennifer Laughran Talks Juvenile Writing

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. Since I hope to one day write juvenile fiction, I sat in on a session at the San Francisco WC where agent Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/17/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Why do agents turn down good books? Outstanding summary@jamesscottbell...

Promptly Kick-Off Finale: The Damaging Dispute

Hey writers, Welcome to the last day of the Great Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. My brain tends to not fully warm up until 10:15 a.m. or so, so rather than sleep-type, I’ll back out gracefully by saying thanks for all of your awesome responses so far. We’ll pick our favorite story from the first...

10 Steps to Put Social Networking Under Your Spell

Today’s guest post is from content maven Meryl Evans. She helps businesses build and maintain relationships with clients and prospects through content. She’s also a long-time blogger who started blogging on June 1, 2000. Follow Meryl on Twitter. Do you scream for help in removing the spell that social networking has cast over you?...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JokeandBiagio.com

Hey, guys– Just wanted to point out a great new blog/website… For anyone wanting to learn more and break into reality TV, check out JokeandBiagio.com, a new blog from my good friend and super-talented reality producer Biagio Messina, which offers “tips, tricks, tales and tutorials on producing TV and film.” Biagio and his wife,...

Read My Writing and Tell Me What to Do

I laughed out loud today when reading a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Derek Sivers, where he describes the single most common request he receives from people. It’s EXACTLY what we experience every day at Writer’s Digest—and he offers the absolute right response! … the single most common request … “Take a...

Promptly Kick-Off Part 2: The Doctor is In

Hey writers, Welcome to part two of the Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. (I’ve been considering making the title even wordier, but have thus far resisted all tantalizing options.) The first prompt has generated some great responses from a broad range of voices and styles, and it’s been a thrill to read everyone’s interpretations. If...

BOOK REVIEW: Bankroll

I’ve never worked in independent film.  I like independent film. I have friends who work in independent film.  I’ve written screenplays that could be independent films.  But me, personally—I don’t think I could do it.  For one main reason… One of the main duties of an independent filmmaker is to round up money, the...

The Difference Between Authorized and Unauthorized Biographies

Q: I’m considering writing a biography about someone relatively famous in my hometown. I’ve noticed that biographies fall into one of two categories: authorized and unauthorized. What’s the difference? A:  The difference between an authorized biography and an unauthorized biography is this: An authorized biography is written with the help/cooperation of the person whom...

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New Agent Alert: Jacquie Flynn of Joelle Delbourgo Associates

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. Nonfiction areas of interest: business...

Love Prompts? You Need PROMPTLY.

Creative writing prompts (or finding inspiration) is one of the most popular, evergreen topics at Writer’s Digest. So this week we’re very proud to launch a new blog called Promptly by Writer’s Digest editor Zachary Petit. Promptly will offer prompts, activities, and inspiration—and a little positive reinforcement in the form of free books that...

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How I Got My Agent: Alice J. Wisler

"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...

17 Reasons Why Book Manuscripts Are Rejected

This post has been up for a while, but I just now saw it so I want to give it a shout out.  It’s a  post over on The Adventurous Writer blog talking about 17 Reasons Why Book Manuscripts Are Rejected.  The answers come from agents and editors alike.  It’s a very good post. ...

New WD Writing Prompts Blog! (and a Cool Webinar Coming Up)

Zac Petit, my coworker and all-around awesome guy, has started a brand new blog dedicated to writing prompts.  He will be posting prompts three times a week and the best writer response this week will collect several writing books as a prize.  Sounds pretty sweet – check it out! Query Letter, Anyone? Also, my...

Promptly Kick-Off Challenge

Welcome writers, one and all. For a call to arms (and an explanation of just what exactly is going on in here), check out the post below. But if you’re ready to write … Jump into the official Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. Here’s how we’ll do it: I’ll post a prompt every other day...