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


How to Establish a Connection With an Agent

Previously, I wrote about the three basic parts of a query letter to an agent.  In part one (the first paragraph), I recommend explaining two things: what the book is and why you’re contacting the agent.  To address this second aspect, I thought I’d mention the most common ways to establish a “connection” with...

Around the WD Properties: 7-7-09

Here is a look at things going onaround the Writer’s Digest worldand more. Call for Submissions! The editorial staff of Writer’s Digest Market Books is now open to queries for the 2010 editions of Photographer’s Market, Songwriter’s Market and Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market (which will be published in October 2009). These books, similar to...

U.S. vs. Canadian Formatting

Q: I’ve been bouncing some ideas for comedy TV scripts, so I bought a script-formatting book. The book is published in the U.S and I live in Canada. I was wondering if formatting rules are any different between the U.S and Canada. And what is the best formatting program to use? Thanks for the...

Is a Literary Scout Like a Literary Agent?

Q. What does a literary scout do?       – Geoffrey A. A literary scout is someone who, simply put, reads a lot and looks for excellent works.  A literary scout may work for foreign publishers.  They read all the new books coming out—fiction and nonfiction—and try to pick out the works that have the...

The Secret Weapon Behind Writer's Digest Books

Our executive editor of Writer’s Digest Books—who has been part of Writer’s Digest for longer than I have—is probably the best-kept secret we have around here. That’s because she’s a little shy, a bit modest, and likes to work behind the scenes. Starting today, we’re gently nudging her into the limelight by launching Kelly’s...

Teach Your Kid To Be A Movie Critic!

Hey, folks– This was such a fun and interesting event, I had to post it up here. On Tuesday, July 21, KidsPickFlicks.com— the movie review site for kids– presents “Popcorn, Pop and a Paycheck: How to Get the Life of a Movie Critic” at the Variety offices here in L.A. For those of you...

Questions About Writing Memoir…

Q. I’m a first time author, and have written a memoir about my autistic  son.  How important is having a platform for a memoir?  I keep  hearing that memoir is treated like fiction.  I’m wondering if my query letter might be the reason for rejections.  I’m getting no response.  Can I re-query with my...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/3/09)

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 17 Reasons book manuscripts are rejected@cassidylewis Ten Marketing Questions...

Who Exactly Are the Middlemen in Publishing? Can They All Disappear?

There have been a number of thought-provoking articles lately on: whether publishers can be eliminated as the “middlemen” between authors and booksellers/readers (read this Fast Company article postulating a future where authors make deals directly with Amazon; and read this TOC post on the future role of publishers) whether agents can be eliminated as...

Got Legal Advice?

Hey, screenwriters and filmmakers– Just wanted introduce you to today’s Website of the Day… Legal Ease, an outstanding legal Q&A blog from FilmIndependent.  It’s been up and running since the beginning of the year, answering questions on everything from options and Writers Guild minimums to licensing songs and obtaining book rights.  All the questions...

The Hardest Part About Developing Platform (Who Are You Anyway?)

The hardest part about developing a platform is deciding what you’re all about. In business terms, it would be considered your unique selling proposition (USP). Identifying this USP—or your reason for being!—involves deep self-knowledge, an understanding of what you want out of life, and how that interrelates with what other people need and enjoy....

Risking Failure (from the Glimmer Train Bulletin)

Every month, Glimmer Train sends out a monthly bulletin with information about their contests, as well as helpful advice from established writers. In the most recent bulletin (Bulletin 30), you’ll find: Making Stories Out of Stories by Randolph Thomas The Music of Words by Lynn Ahrens Risking Failure by Josh Henkin (pictured above) Incidentally,...

Subjunctive vs. Indicative Mood ("If I Was" or "If I Were"?)

Q: Could you explain the difference between the indicative mood and the subjunctive mood, and when to use the subjunctive mood? It’s so seldom used correctly that it leaves me scratching my head. When in doubt, should I err with “If I was” or “If I were”?—Lori McRae A: Statements of fact require the...

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My Adventures in Jackson Hole …

Just got back from the Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference, and a nine-day, two-conference travel tour. The second stop was Wyoming, and I was instructing at the JHWC and also critiquing work from writers. I got to kick off the entire conference taking Q&A about magazine craft and business with Peoplestaffer Allison Adato.

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/26/09)

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 New Novelists Are Kinda Old, or, Hey, Publishing...

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How I Got My Agent: Lisa Dale

"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...

To Follow Up or Not To Follow Up…

Q. If you don’t mind, I’ve got a quick question.  You indicated in one of your talks to us that it was probably okay to re-query an agent if he or she had not responded to your initial e-mail query after about a month or so (and hadn’t stated somewhere that no response meant...

Sell Your Reality Show… Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys– If you’re hoping to sell the next The Bachelorette, American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars… or even if you just want to work on them… I’m teaching my reality TV seminar, “Writing the Reality TV Show,” for mediabistro next Tuesday, July 7.  If you’re interested (and in Los Angeles), I’d love...

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My Adventures in St. Simon’s Island …

Presented at the Southeastern Writers Workshop in St. Simon's Island, GA this week. It was fun. St. Simon's is one of four islands off the coast of Georgia and there is a fun mix down there of old Southern culture and wildlife with new touristy stuff to do. Man, it was HOT. Arrived to...

Better Than Brad Pitt? (Why You Should Go to Book Events)

Today’s guest post is from becoming-a-regular-and-fabulous-contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Above she is shown with Tim Gautreaux, the recipient of the 2009 Louisiana Writer Award and author of three novels and two story collections. The picture was taken at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter. A book event! Authors read from...

Writing Advice Hasn't Changed Much Since 1921

On my desk I keep a copy of one of the first Writer’s Digest titles, How to Write Short Stories by L. Josephine Bridgart, published in 1921. It is a subtle reminder of how little things have changed when it comes to writing and publishing. Below is an excerpt from the very first chapter,...