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


Allude vs. Elude

Q: What’s the difference between “allude” and “elude”? Are they interchangeable? —Anonymous A: “Allude” and “elude” are frequently misused in place of each other, even though they’re about as different as broccoli and ice cream. “Allude” means to refer to something in a casual or indirect way. Michelle alluded to my tardiness by glancing...

From fired to inspired?

Hi Writers,I’ve been attending a lot of writing conferences recently and in listening to keynote speeches I’ve noticed an odd correlation in the first-published stories of many writers. Just off the top of my head, I can name three bestselling authors who cite being fired as the impetus to write and sell their first...

New Poetic Form: The Roundabout

Our Poetic Asides inaugural Poet Laureate, Sara Diane Doyle, has been busy-busy-busy this summer working with teen writers. But not too busy to share with her fellow Poetic Asides crew a new poetic form she developed with one of her students, David Edwards. Since Sara knows the form best, I’ll let her explain the...

Do Not Query Big Score Productions

I suppose I should have posted this a long time ago, but late is better than never… Big Score Productions was listed in a few past editions of Guide to Literary Agents.  Somewhere in the past year (well after the 2008 edition hit shelves), Big Score started charging a $50 fee before reading submitted...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Laureate Denise Low!

Wow! What a weekend! I celebrated with 30th birthday with my sons, announced my engagement to poet Tammy F. Trendle, and completed an interview with the poet laureate of Kansas: Denise Low. (So yeah, 30’s getting off to a great start!) Yes, Denise Low agreed to answer a few questions for the Poetic Asides...

Fremantle Fires Back

As you all know, the Writers Guild of America launched its American Idol Truth Tour last week to help unionize reality TV and fight unfair labor practices against writers.  In yesterday’s LA Times, Fremantle fights back.  Here’s the article… Reality TV producer fires back at Writers Guild Fremantle disputes WGA claims about working conditions...

Mary Feuer's New York trip to meet agents

Hi Writers,Remember last month when I was blogging about my trip to New York to accompany our annual contest winners to meet literary agents? I asked our winners to sum up the experience for me, and here’s Mary Feuer’s experience in her own words: It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire month since...

It's official!

I turned 30 years old today. If anyone wants a fun Friday prompt, they can write a poem about the number 30 or about birthdays. I’d write one, but I’m overly stuffed from an excellent birthday lunch at this Mexican place over here with my co-workers. Hope everyone has a great weekend!  

Watchmen Trailer Online!

Hey, movie/comic/graphic novel fans– The trailer for the movie adaptation of Watchmen, Alan Moore‘s seminal graphic novel, is online!  Check it out here… http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Watchmen-Trailer-9552.html What do you think?  Thumbs up?  Thumbs down?  Thumbs sideways?

Kay Ryan tapped as next U.S. Poet Laureate!

Kay Ryan will succeed Charles Simic as the 16th Poet Laureate of the United States. She was selected by James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, with advice offered by poets, critics and academics around the country. Here’s the piece from the NY Times: “Kay Ryan, Outsider With Sly Style, Named Poet Laureate,” by...

Comic Con, Anyone?

Hi writers, Sorry I haven’t posted yet this week. It’s a pretty busy week for me because I’m getting ready to go to San Diego Comic Con next week. I’m really excited about it. I think everyone needs to pay attention to Comic Con. It’s become more than just a comic convention… it’s really...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 011

Last year I read Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual (Bison Books) and was struck by how he writes every one of his poems with an audience in mind. For today’s prompt I want you to pick an audience and write a poem to that audience. Put the name of your audience in...

Calling All Buffy, Angel, & Firefly Fans!…

Hey, guys– I don’t know that you’re all Buffy, Angel, Firefly fans (but you should be), but since I am, I wanted to give you this update.  (Also, show creator Joss Whedon is definitely a writers’ writer, so I’m guessing you enjoy him as much as I do…) Anyway, Joss Whedon’s new Internet short,...

Poets Helping Poets: On Handling Bio Notes

Over on Facebook, I have a personal account with a bunch of poetry friends, as well as a Poetic Asides group with a lot of members. So yesterday I asked the published poets who are members to share a little bit of advice on writing those tricky little bio notes that poets are often...

On Writing Memoir and Agents…

I spent much of these past few weeks on vacation, but now I’m finally back in the office, plugging away on projects and glancing through the brand new 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, which will be available nationwide soon. One of the projects I’ve spent several nights on recently is freelance editing a memoir. ...

The final thrill

Hi Writers,If you want to get more of an idea of what ThrillerFest was all about, here are my (almost daily) newsletters that went out to our e-newsletter subscriber list during and just after the conference. So, if you didn’t get enough thrills already, here are links to even more from ThrillerFest ’08. If...

Super Cool News: 2009 Poet's Market!

After copying some of my writing into my super sophisticated composition notebook at lunch, I discovered that the 2009 Poet’s Market is back from the printer, which means that soon (very, very soon) this directory will be getting to both print and online bookstores. Yes, another edition of Poet’s Market is on its way...

Finding a Literary Agent For Children's/Juvenile Writing

Q. I looked into getting an agent.  I sent a query to the Children’s Literary Agency.  They responded almost immediately asking for the manuscript.  Their request was so instant that it really sent red flags up for me.  I began to do Google searches for the company and found a lot of negative comments...

Motivation, Work, And Other Things that Make You Go Hmmm

I hope your weekend was restful and untainted by several waits in line for iPhones that you didn’t end up getting because you’ve just been paying your mom for all cell phone charges for the last five years rather than taking forty five seconds to go to the Verizon store and sign over the...

Ageny Profile: Diana Finch Literary Agency

Diana Finch Literary Agency 116 W. 23rd St., Suite 500, New York NY 10011. Phone: (646)375-2081. E-mail: diana.finch@verizon.net. Contact: Diana Finch. Seeking new and established writers. Prior to opening her agency, Ms. Finch worked at Ellen Levine Literary Agency for 18 years. Established: 2003. Member of AAR. Represents 45 clients. 20% of clients are...

2009 Article Excerpt: Assessing Credibility

I have officially wrapped up all editing on the 2009 Guide to Literary Agents. It’s over. Finally. Done.  (I. Love. Using. Periods.) To celebrate, I thought I’d post excerpts from the forthcoming upfront articles. 2009 Article Excerpt: The Scoop on Researching Agents “…Anybody can go to the neighborhood copy center and order business cards...

…and the thrills go on!

Hi Writers,I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along the wild ride of ThrillerFest with me. I’m back in Cincinnati and wanted to thank all of the great people at ThrillerFest for putting on such a fabulous conference and for inviting Writer’s Digest to co-sponsor their event. Since I don’t often get to post visuals, it’s...

Reader Comments: Parody, slams, getting started, and more

One of the things I value about this blog is the community that’s built up around it. As a result, my posts are often just a springboard to more helpful information and poetic discussion. So, when it seems appropriate, I’m going to collect comments that readers have made to posts that could benefit the...

ThrillerFest and Sandra Brown

Hi Writers,It’s my final day at ThrillerFest and the thrills just keep coming. Today I did video interviews with Lee Child, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci among others. Those videos will be available on our website in a few weeks, I’ll let you know when they’re up. Here’s a picture of me with “ThrillerMaster” Sandra...