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


Mid-Week Prompt: Rejecting the Rejection

Hey writers, Not too long ago, a strange thing happened in the storied submissions intake department of WD (my cluttered desk). In short, a writer pitched us a pretty solid idea, but we had run something similar in a previous issue, so I sent a polite “no,” and explained the situation.   My e-mail...

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Agent Advice: Ward Calhoun of FinePrint Literary Management

This installment features Ward Calhoun of FinePrint Literary Management in Manhattan. Ward has helped develop several best-selling humor titles, has both written and edited several books for Sports Illustrated, and has overseen the production of titles ranging from science to entertainment. Most recently, at Hylas Publishing, his projects included books on music, fitness, and...

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How I Got My Agent: Delilah Marvelle

"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...

How to Write a Query Letter to a Literary Agent

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. I talk to a lot of writers about how to compose a good query letter.  Make no mistake – it’s no easy task, and it will...

UPDATED: Can You Write the Sequel to Someone Else's Book?

NOTE TO READERS: AFTER WRITING THIS Q&Q I READ A COPYRIGHT LAW THAT DIDN’T JIVE WITH MY ANSWER, SO I CONTACTED AN ATTORNEY TO SET THINGS STRAIGHT. GLAD I DID, BECAUSE I WAS OFF. AFTER SOME DIGGING WE FOUND THAT THE GREAT GATSBY WILL ENTER THE PUBLIC DOMAIN IN 2020, NOT 2010 AS I...

5 Questions for Those Who Don't Have Time to Market/Promote

(Pictured above: Writer’s Digest and HOW editors/designers, promoting “Art of Manliness” project) “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which....

Your Monday Creativity Wake-Up Call: The Ultimate Secret

Hey writers, I stumbled upon some old essays this weekend, and came across one of the most intriguing craft quotes I’ve ever read, courtesy of George Orwell and his piece “Why I Write”: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such...

2010 GLA Excerpt: How NOT To Get an Agent

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents arrives in-house within one week and, needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean – just look at the book.  It looks like a delicious s’more.  That is – a delicious s’more filled with tons of agent info and conference info and articles. ...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 8/14/09)

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. Always welcome suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Check out these freshly launched personal blogs from the people who work at Writer’s Digest:...

Figuring Out Your Facebook Strategy: 3 Essential Tips

In May 2006, after reading this article in the New Yorker, I joined Facebook, which at that time was primarily used by students. Not being a student, I found very few people to friend, so the account lay dormant for 18 months until Facebook really took off as a direct competitor to MySpace. At...

Your Weekend Prompt: Behind the Curtain

Hey writers, Here’s to hoping your writing week treated you well. Attached below is a new prompt, if the creative urge so strikes you this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Have an excellent weekend laden with scores of It is decidedly sos (or, Reply hazy, try agains, depending on your preference), Zachary PROMPT: Behind the CurtainIn...

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Agent Advice: Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary

This installment features Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary. She previously worked at Curtis Brown and Trident before starting her own agency. She is seeking: She handles "upmarket women’s fiction as well as an eclectic mix of non-fiction, with an emphasis on narrative, investigative and women’s issues from the humor driven to the thought...

Hiring a Professional Editor vs. Getting Amateur Critiques

Today I gave a live online class on The First Five Pages—how editors evaluate your manuscript in an instant. It is one of my favorite classes to teach because in one page, you can easily show the tremendous improvement that can be achieved usually by cutting alone. Here’s a small example of what I...

5 Reasons Pitches Can Be Detrimental Rather Than Helpful

I’ve read and listened to hundreds if not thousands of pitches during my decade in book publishing. And while I think it’s important for writers to get out there and interact with and understand professionals in the business, I also think pitching can be a very difficult and unrewarding process for some writers. Consider:...

Query Writing Tips From Agent Michelle Andelman

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. At the CNU conference a while back, I sat in on a presentation on writing query letters by literary agent Michelle Andelman at Lynn C. Franklin...