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


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New Agent Alert: Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary

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: Fiction: Children's...

Blake Snyder Was the Master of Structure

I got word yesterday that screenwriter Blake Snyder passed away this week at the much-too-young age of 52.  To quickly explain who he is: Blake had a few of his screenplays produced, but he was more well known for selling a lot of scripts.  He had an amazing track record of selling original, uncommissioned...

The Art of Live Pitching (3 Rules)

Today I arrived in Portland, Oregon, to participate in the Willamette Writers Conference. I first came here in 2004 to hear pitches and take appointments, and I often return to Cincinnati with a great author for Writer’s Digest (e.g., Christina Katz and Sage Cohen as the most recent). Tonight I took part in a...

Want a Crystal Ball to See the Future of Publishing? You Have One.

I’m often asked by writers what the future of publishing looks like. Will print survive? (Yes.) Will newspapers survive? (A few.) Will book publishing become a do-it-yourself free for all? (For some.) Will anyone pay for content, or will a free model reign? (Both.) Confused yet? Everyone is. Amidst the chaos, there is one...

SAD NEWS: Blake Snyder Passes On

Hey, everyone– If you haven’t heard, I wanted to let you all know some very sad news… one of film’s most amazing teachers and writers, Blake Snyder, passed away yesterday.  He died in his home of cardiac arrest.  Blake is best known as the author of the incredible Save the Cat books, which helped...

Your Mid-Week Prompt: Redefining Love

Hey writers, How goes it? All is well in Promptland and Digest-ville. We just wrapped our October issue and are plodding onward toward our November/December mag, and the (most-excellent) post-wrap (brief) calm has descended. I’m working on a piece for the next issue involving literary journals and magazines, and I’m curious, since many of...

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How I Got My Agent: Lisa Lawmaster Hess

"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, email me at...

Keep Your Career Alive by Following the Reader

Today I had a wonderful conversation with Mr. Media (Bob Andelman) about Writer’s Digest, the writing/publishing community, and the future ahead for writers. You can listen to the recording of the live show here. While the conversation was initially sparked by this previous Mr. Media interview, we spent much our time discussing issues affecting...

Successful Queries: Agent Chip MacGregor and ‘Mind the Gap’

This new series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents.  In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.  The seventh installment in this series is with agent...

Are Men Writing Romance?

Q: I notice that there are very few male authors or stories written from the male point of view in Romance novels. Could this be because most editors or publishers in this genre are women? The best romance novel ever written, in my opinion, was “LOVE STORY,” and a male wrote it from a...

The Future of Television?

Hey, folks– Wanted to point out this awesome article from Chuck Ross in today’s TVWeek.  Reporting from the TCA Press Tour here in L.A., Chuck was at a seminar with Dave Poltrack, Chief Research Officer at CBS, who has broken down a myriad of numbers and statistics on TV-facts, trends, etc… and has an...

Writers Protest the Emmys

Interesting little news story… as many of you know, Don Mischer, the producer of this year’s Emmy telecast, has revamped the show to make it shorter and more entertaining… and to do that, he’s slashed some of the awards in the directing, writing, and acting categories.  (They’re not actually eliminating the awards, just not...

Your Monday Prompt: Wherever You May Write

Hey writers, Hope everyone had an excellent weekend. I ended up stumbling upon whereiwrite.org (check it out if you have a second—it’s fascinating), a site that documents notable scribes in their natural habitats. Which made me wonder: Where do you all write? Here’s to hoping all is well in your world (and at your...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/31/09)

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, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Today’s writing must-read: a literary agent on...

More Good News for Writers…

Hey, all– Got an email from the WGA this morning– and Variety and Nikki Finke have now picked up the story– but CBS‘s Internet writers have voted unanimously to join the Writers Guild, meaning people writing CBS’s online sports, news, and promotional content will now be covered by the union!  This is a huge...

Your Weekend Prompt: That Wicked Old Scent

Hey writers, The battle to finish our October issue wages on, and so I’ll again be brief: Here’s to hoping your writing and muses are treating you well. Mine were MIA for the last few days, but I blame it on a week of ominous, slightly frightening scents in the hallway of my otherwise...

What if a Literary Agent Doesn't Return Your Calls?

Q. I’ve browsed your site thoroughly and wonder if you could direct me to an article/bit of advice: What do you do when an agent who’s been representing and submitting your manuscript suddenly stops returning your calls and e-mails? I am in this unfortunate predicament. I have reason to believe the agent is still...