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


Complement vs. Compliment

Q: I’m always getting the words “complement” and “compliment” confused. Can you set me straight once and for all?—Adam P. A: These two words used to give me a hard time, too, but with a little trick that I learned I was able to set it straight once and for all—and, hopefully, you will...

Last Chance to Submit for the Spinoff Contest!

Hey, guys– Just wanted to remind you that midnight tonight, March 22, is the cutoff for submissions to the Script Notes Spinoff Contest!  Submissions can be emailed to WDScriptNotes@FWPubs.com, or click HERE for all the rules! We have some awesome submissions so far… so take a shot at winning an autographed copy of Larry...

WD Editors' Intensive Cheat Sheet

A huge thanks to all the wonderful writers who are visiting our offices this weekend for Saturday’s educational workshops, plus Sunday’s critique day. I hope you took away some useful action steps on your path to publication. As promised, I’m posting some resources and links that we discussed during our time together. If I’ve...

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Agent Advice: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary

This installment features Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary. She is seeking:"chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, humor, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (women's, urban, steampunk, unique), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, dark comedies, speculative fic), narrative non-fiction (pop culture, environmental, foodie)."

My Thoughts on Seth Godin's Piece Regarding Literary Agents

Seth Godin, best-selling author and all-around successful business guru, recently posted a column called “Where Have All the Agents Gone?”  In it, basically, he talks about how “middlemen” such as stock brokers, real estate agents and travel agents are either dying or dead.  Then he wonders if literary agents are next. The point he’s trying...

BOOK REVIEW: Greenscreen Made Easy

A few weeks ago, I finished writing on Reality Binge, a Fox Reality sketch comedy/clip show, which—like The Soup and many other TV shows and movies (including Sin City, 300, and skits on shows like The Daily Show and Best Week Ever)—was shot entirely in front of a greenscreen.   It was a blast,...

What is Upmarket Fiction? Defining the Classification.

I’ve spent a good amount of time recently getting agents (and a few editors) to sign on to a ginormous Agent Pitch Slam, which is part of our writers’ conference in NYC in May.  Each agent submits their “wants” bio that explains what they are looking for and what they want to hear pitches...

Secrets to Getting What You Want (It's All About Rhetoric)

One of the first lessons I taught student writers, when I was instructing freshman composition, was the art of rhetoric. Rhetoric isn’t a term many of us are familiar with, yet we employ rhetoric every day to get the things we want and to persuade people. If a writer is an outstanding rhetorician, it...

Hey, Writers: What's Your Online Strategy? What Are You Waiting For?

I recently received this letter from Jane Bretl, an attendee at our Writer’s Digest December Editor Intensive event: I attended the Writer’s Digest Editor’s Intensive in December. I was the very quiet woman in the back who was soaking up information like a sponge, all the while trying to put together a cohesive, intelligent-sounding...

The Burden of Geniusocity Part Deux: DFW Edition

There was a brilliant article in the New Yorker from March 9th about David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max titled “The Unfinished.” It’s hella long, but intensely interesting, and if you want to read it online, you can do so here. Anyway, the point of it is essentially that DFW was handicapped by the...

What is "Queryfail"?

There’s been a lot of chatter around the net recently about a project called Queryfail, and I had two people in the publishing house here ask me about it yesterday, so I just wanted to explain it and point you in some directions if you want to learn more. Queryfail was a large (and,...

5 Days Left…

Hey, guys– Just a reminder… only 5 DAYS LEFT in our first-ever Script Notes TV Writing Contest!  Submit your logline and 150-word synopsis for a spinoff to any current TV show (comedy, drama, or reality) and win an autographed copy of Larry Brody‘s bestselling TV book, Television Writing From the Inside Out.  The deadline...

Save Time Tip #3: Build a Customized Search Home

Everyone needs a good starting page when opening a browser. As much as I’d like to tell you to start off every morning by visiting WritersDigest.com, that’s not actually useful or efficient. But let’s say you’re a Writer’s Digest fan, and you want to have up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening with us—without going to...

Xavier Gets 4 Seed. March Madness Looming…

UPDATE 3/22: Although below I said put all your money on Pitt, I actually never did pick Pitt to win it all.  I did too much analysis and changed my mind.  Strangely enough, Xavier is kicking butt and now in the sweet 16 – playing Pitt, of all teams.  Go X.   ——–  ...

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My Adventures in Reno (2009) …

Reno – I’m back. This past weekend, I was at the Truckee Meadows Community College Writers’ Conference (usually just called the Reno Writers’ Conference) and everything went well. Conference attendance was near an all-time high despite the recession.