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


April PAD Challenge: Day 16

If you feel up for it, be sure to share your favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge here. ***** For today’s prompt, I want you to pick a color, make that the title of your poem, and write a poem that is inspired by that color. Here’s my attempt for...

Share Your Favorite Poem!

Jennifer VanBuren, the editor of Mannequin Envy, recently suggested that I allow poets to pick their favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge. Since more than 10,000 poems have been posted to the blog so far this month, I think this sounds like a good way to let poets read some...

JON'S QUESTION: Can older writers get into Hollywood writing programs?

Today’s reader question comes from Jon, who lives in Iowa and writes in response to Monday’s post about the network and studio writing programs (NBC’s Writers on the Verge, the Disney Fellowship, the FOX Diversity Program, etc.).  Jon writes… “Why there isn’t such a program for we victims of age discrimination?  I’m being facetious,...

279 Days to Overnight Success

One of the Twitter sensations right now is 279 Days to Overnight Success by Chris Guillebeau. In less than a year, he has created a sustainable living for himself through writing/blogging, while traveling the world. Highly recommend you download his free PDF here.

Poetic Forms: Rondeau

Since I love French forms, it came as a surprise to me that I haven’t covered the rondeau on this blog, yet. As with other French forms, there is an element of rhyming and repetition in the rondeau. In fact, the rondeau is related to the triolet–one of my favorites. The rondeau is comprised...

Why NOT to Get a Creative Writing Degree

I have a BFA in creative writing from the University of Evansville. I took a mix of literature and writing courses, got practical experience as the editor of the Evansville Review and University Crescent (and had a fabulous time doing it), and was mentored by a professor who ultimately gave me a lead into...

Best Tweets for Writers (4/15/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. (We’ll see how long I can last.) If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. Most valuable Tweet of the day: Three essentials of breakthrough content marketing@copyblogger The rest: Twelve ways to ignite your writing – Anthill Magazine @ArticlesFYI Avoid self-publishing...

Query Agents Just Before a Conference?

Q. I have a question concerning query letters. I have finished my manuscript and am ready to shop it around to agents. I will be attending [two writers’ conferences in my home state soon]. However, I would also like to begin submitting queries to other agents as well. Is that proper etiquette? Can I...

April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today’s poem, we’ll be half-way there. 50% of the way. It’s all downhill from here. And other half-way stuff. (For some reason, I’ve got Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” song running through my head. “Ooooooo, we’re half-way there; woooooo-oooo, living on a prayer; take my hand, we’ll make it I swear…” Err,...

Interview With Poet Katy Evans-Bush

Since I know this interview is a little on the long side (which is a good thing), I won’t spend too much time introducting Katy Evans-Bush, who recently released her first collection of poetry Me and the Dead through Salt Publishing. She also maintains the very popular literary blog Baroque in Hackney. As I’ve...

Best Tweets for Writers (4/14/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. (We’ll see how long I can last.) If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. Most valuable Tweet of the day: If Only I’d Known: Writing Advice to My Younger Self: Excellent writing tips for the beginning writer@ShaunaSweeney The rest: Sometimes,...

April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Important Note (please read): It appears most of the poems posted for Day 13’s prompt have been wiped out of the system. There are currently only 49 comments. This means you’ll need to re-paste your Day 13 poem into Day 13’s prompt. It appears everything is fine with the first 12 days of the...

Best Tweets for Writers (4/13/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. (We’ll see how long I can last.) If interested in where I found the Tweet, I’ve indicated the Twitter user. Most valuable Tweet of the day: 5 Things I’ve Learned From Making Me 2.0 a Bestseller@danschawbel The rest: Tech solutions for writing. Save and store your...

Upcoming Writing Program Deadlines

Huge thanks to Jen Grisanti— and her awesome monthly newsletter– for compiling this great list of deadlines for upcoming network and studio writing programs.  For all those applying– GOOD LUCK! WRITING PROGRAMS AND DEADLINES FOR TV WRITERS NBC – Writers on the VergeThis is a 10-week program focused on polishing writers’ material and readying...

Back From Cozumel…

Sorry for the lack of blog activity this past week or so.  I was on vacation – a cruise, to be exact – from Tampa to Cozumel and then back.  I got plenty of sun, spoke some Spanglish, gained like seven pounds, and have now returned to the office.  Fun fun fun. Oh, and...

April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Wow! Yesterday was quite a workout. Not only did I go for a hard 5-mile run, but I think we did about a million Easter egg hunts (give or take a few hundred thousand). Anyway, I’m not sure if I’m “feeling it” today, in terms of writing a poem. But that’s what makes a...

April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Yay! We’re 40% of the way through the challenge (after finishing today’s poem). That’s right! We’re almost to the half-way point. Woo-hoo! For today’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase “So we decided to (blank)” and fill in the blank. Make that your title and write a poem. Some possibilities include “So...

April PAD Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem about an object (or objects). Though you don’t have to confine yourself to straight up description, I do want you to focus on object and/or make it a central piece of your poem. One of the more famous poems of contemporary literature does this...

Make Waves Online to Create a Path to Print Publication

On this blog, someone recently commented/asked: One big concern a lot of online writers have is the issue of first rights. Does publishing even part of a novel online prevent you from getting a deal with a publishing house? So far, I have posted about 20% of mine on my blog and only just...

April PAD Challenge: Day 10

In some circles, today is known as Good Friday. In other circles, every Friday is good (mostly because the weekend has begun). For the rest, Fridays aren’t anything special. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem about Friday. Do you like Fridays? Despise Fridays? Of course, you can also write about...

Thanks to Query Letter Survivors, Plus Free Resources

Today I hosted a 90-minute session on query letters, dissecting and revising writers’ queries to make the best impact on an agent, so you can get that wonderful request for your partial or full manuscript. For attendees today, as well as readers, here are a few resources to help you along your way while...

Great NBC/Ben Silverman piece- NY Magazine

Hey, all– Just had to post this morning’s awesomely hilarious piece from NY Magazine.  If you love following the slapstick programming antics of NBC‘s Ben Silverman as much as I do, you’ll love this.  It uses some great graphs and pie charts to show you just how well– er, NOT well– NBC is performing...

Interview with poet Cherryl Floyd-Miller

Earlier this year, Tammy and I took Baby Will with us to his first poetry event, a reading by Cherryl Floyd-Miller at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur, Georgia. Sadly, Wordsmiths has since closed, but Cherryl was nice enough to be interviewed for the Poetic Asides blog. Her most recent collection of poems, Exquisite Heats, was...