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


READER QUESTION: Are screenwriting contests a waste of time?

Thanks to Elaine Luddy Kionicki for today’s question, which she asked in response to Sunday’s post about Scriptapalooza.  Elaine writes: Hey Chad. Most screenwriting books say that contests are a waste of time and money, and you’ve said in a previous post that contests rarely pay off, but it sounds like you’re endorsing this...

The Age-Old Battle Between Author & Publisher

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author. —Charles Caleb Colton Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. —A. A. Milne...

What Every Blogger Should Know (Plus Prompt)

Blogging. Some professional writers loathe it, regarding it as a cheapening of their art. Others adore it, and do it for the sheer love of the instant form. Some accept it as a necessary evil in a platform development often key to securing a book deal. Others do it for the joy of broadcasting...

How to Get an Agent’s Attention (SCWW Guest Post)

Eleven agents attended the SCWW conference and four participated in the panel discussion “What Gets Our Attention.” They didn't mention fun things like serving them mashed potatoes in the buffet line or skywriting your query over lovely Myrtle Beach. Instead, they gave us simple advice, a great reminder that it’s not really rocket science. This...

The Story Chooses Us

Yesterday was a rough day. A rough writing day. It was one of those days when you write a sentence, erase that sentence, write another sentence, erase that sentence, and on and on and on. I would begin a story, but I couldn’t move forward. I was stuck. It was as if my body,...

Writing & Publishing: More Than a Patience Game

My partner in crime, The Conductor, recently forwarded me the following, from an interview with Lost Producer Damon Lindelof: In today’s film and television industries it seems like there are far fewer writers willing to take risks for originality’s sake. What advice do you have for aspiring writers who are passionate about a particular...

Get Involved With the GLA Blog!

Well do ya want to get involved?  Huh huh dooya dooya?  The GLA blog is a well-trafficked site and there are different ways you can get involved if you’re feeling saucy.  Remember, if you want to contribute, contact me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we will talk. ———- 1. Been to a conference recently?  Guest blog! ...

My Adventures in Myrtle Beach …

Got back recently from the South Carolina Writers' Workshop, a big ol' conference down in Myrtle Beach. One of the first things I did when I got there was run on the beach. So. Awesome. Being from Ohio, I never take beach time for granted.

Agent Elaine Spencer Talks Queries

Elaine Spencer joined The Knight Agency in September, 2005. Elaine belongs to the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She is actively building her client list, and is currently accepting submissions of the following types of books: commercial literary fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, high-concept...

Tip and Prompt: How to Self-Publish the Right Way

After taking in forums and coliseums, oodles of trains and 13 different (incredible, highly sedative) servings of gelato in Italy, I’m back in Prompt action. A special thanks to Jessica for posting in the last week, and for all of your comments and stories. While on vacation, I found myself in a random discussion...

Scriptapalooza deadlines approaching

Hey, screenwriters– Got an email from the folks at the Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest, which opens for submissions in a couple months, so just wanted to pass along the info!  Here ya go… Scriptapalooza is now accepting submissions of screenplays for its twelfthannual screenwriting competition. Every script that is entered into Scriptapalooza is read by...

How I Got My Agent: Shelli Johannes-Wells

"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...

The “Proof of Life” Synopsis

This time it's Proof of Life, a good example of a thriller/action story. Look at what this synopsis does right. I like how the story starts quickly. Alice is a big character and she is unhappy with her situation. Her husband is kidnapped and the story is in motion. The climax (a battle) is...

Agent Advice: Amy Tipton of Signature Literary

This installment features Amy Tipton of Signature Literary. Formerly, Amy was with FinePrint Literary Management. She is seeking: Amy is looking for both fiction and nonfiction–edgy or quirky, commercial or literary–in particular, she is interested in YA, middle grade, and women’s fiction. In nonfiction she is looking for women’s studies/academia, fashion/beauty, and pop culture.

If You Want to Write: 5 for Friday

  Here are 5 musts from Brenda Ueland’s If You Want To Write: 1.       Know that you have talent, are original and have something important to say.   2.       Don’t be afraid of writing bad stories. To discover what is wrong with a story write two new ones and then go back to it....

Your Simple Checklist for Getting Known & Getting Readers

There’s such a wonderful comment on yesterday’s post that I wanted to bring attention to it (slightly modified to apply to all genres). Thank you, Banana the Poet (aka Michele Breton)! Follow her on Twitter or visit her site. Simple Checklist for Getting Known, Getting Readers, Building Platform Blog your work and gather readers...

Turn Your Book Into an iPhone App

This is a story about an energetic author who deserves an award for truly living by the adage, “There Are No Rules.” In fact, I shall start an honorable group, “There Are No Rules Crown Club,” for people who live up to this moniker, starting with Al Katkowsky. Al e-mailed me over the summer...

Why our writing space is so important

  It is said that Kurt Vonnegut used his hardwood floor as his desk.  He worked from his lap with everything—papers, notes, drafts—spread out around him.  I’ve read that many authors’ lock themselves away into as small a place as possible.  No windows. No outside light. Nothing to distract them from the world that is...

New Agent Alert: George Bick of the Doug Grad Literary 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. He is seeking: Bick is...

Achieving a Dream of Mine

Years ago, back when I was directing the trade books and market annuals for Writer’s Digest, I would often have a conversation with author Christina Katz that went something like: CK: Hey, you guys should bundle together XYZ!Me: Yeah, I wish we could! We’re not set up to do that, though.CK: You should also...

Real Secrets of Expert Authors

Which came first: The expert author or the book? It depends. Consider today’s installment of Promptly’s Top 20 Lessons from WD in 2009 series: #13: Your Enthusiasm Is Contagious“People think you’re an expert when you write a book; it gives you some authority, whether you deserve it or not. I took advantage of that....