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


When You Share, You Win

Below I’ve posted two letters from writers who attended our September event in New York. You can find information on all Writer’s Digest events here. The lesson I find in it? You never know what’s possible when you share something and give freely. Sometimes, you get a mention on Oprah. Sometimes...

How I Drive Writers to Drink (In a Good Way?)

This is a guest post from Kevin Derr, who shares his experience of a writing workshop I gave last weekend in Evansville, Ind. Find Kevin Derr on Facebook. Big thanks to the Evansville Public Library & the Midwest Writers Guild for their promotion of the event, to make it standing-room only!...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Diana R. Jenkins

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Diana R. Jenkins. Diana R. Jenkins...

7 Reasons Editors (Might) Toss a Submission (Plus Prompt)

Every so often, us folks at Writer’s Digest throw our doors open for intensives (think blitzkrieg weekend conferences). Writers come from around the U.S. to check out the events, which include craft and career sessions, a mixer for writers and editors, and perhaps the key perk for attendees, a critique of...

Agent Advice: Josh Getzler of Russell & Volkening, Inc.

This installment features Josh Getzler of Russell & Volkening, Inc. Josh was previously with Writers House. He is looking for: mysteries, thrillers, literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade (particularly adventures and mysteries for boys). E-mail queries only. josh@randvinc.com.

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 12/4/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best According to @joefinder these are the 14 biggest mistakes even best-selling writers...

How I Got My Agent: Anne Riley

"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,...

A Long Fall from the Top of a Tree

Today’s guest post is from the talented Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. To read more from Darrelyn, click on “Guest Posts” under the Categories head on the left nav. Pictured above: Sisters Jane Ellen Wilkerson Kane (1951-1983) and Darrelyn on a typical summer day (1966). One of the most painful...

5 for Friday: Building a Writing Community

  I’ve attended many MFA information sessions over the past couple years and the same question always comes up: Why get an MFA? The resounding answer: For the community. In a blog post titled Do Writers Need Community author Po Bronson writes: “Writing school helped me by surrounding me with people...

Holidays and Queries to Agents: 5 Perspectives

“So Virginia, Should You Query During the Holiday Season?” That’s a question writers ponder with the first whiff of Christmas trees and mistletoe. You may be worried that everyone’s out of the office, or agents are rejecting nearly everything now, thinking that many unpolished NaNoWriMo submissions are flowing in. To help...

Sundance lineup announced

Hey, folks– Sundance announced the lineup for next year’s festival… click HERE, or on the link below, to see the press release with all the film info…http://festival.sundance.org/2010/press_industry/releases/2010_sundance_film_festival_announces_films_in_premieres/ You might also like:No Related Posts

Twitter Tips for Writers

Today, Alice Pope & I taught an online class on using social media to help you succeed in publishing. During the class, I asked my Twitter followers to share their best tip for using Twitter. Here’s a compilation of those tips. My thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute....

Caucasian writer seeks minority writing partner?

In the footsteps of last week’s discussion about diversity and opportunities for minority writers in Hollywood, thought you might enjoy this weird/funny/interesting ad posted on Craigslist today. What are your thoughts on this? Caucasian Comedy Writer with Credits Seeks Minority Writing Partner (Hollywood/Tinsel Town/City of Angels) Date: 2009-12-02, 3:17PM PST Reply...

The No. 1 Disappointment of Published Authors–And How You Can Avoid

While all authors’ situations are unique, they tend to experience the same disappointments during the publishing process. The most common disappointment (and the one that can have the most damaging effects on the author-publisher relationship) is: (Real or perceived): Lack of marketing and promotion support This disappointment is becoming more and...

The Holidays: To Query or Not to Query?

There’s an interesting little article over at Writer Unboxed discussing whether or not you should query agents during the holidays.  Some different agents, including Nathan Bransford, Jennie Dunham, and Janet Reid, weigh in on the subject. A good read as the holidays approach! Happy Holidays, Everyone! You might also like:No Related Posts

New Agent Alert: Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency

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...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sunil Robert

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Sunil Robert. Sunil Robert is the...

4 Awesome Ways You Can Write For the GLA Blog

Thanks to all my awesome visitors, the GLA blog is getting pretty big.  Want to get involved and boost your platform a little?  Agents love platform. If you’re interested in any of these ideas below, simply write to me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com, and we’ll talk.  Feel free to repost this post on...

6 Questions for writer Debra Schubert

    Yesterday I reposted Debra Schubert’s story about how she landed her agent Bernadette Baker-Baughman of Baker’s Mark Literary Agency. Today, as a follow up, I’ve asked Debra some questions about her post that has received much attention, her writing life, and her journey.   So Debra, you said that you sent...