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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


Comments Are Restored!

Well, most of them anyway. It appears some are lost in the ether, but there are a lot more than 0 now. I’m not sure what happened, but I’m glad they restored most of them for us. I’m heading into a meeting right now. When I return, I’ll post this week’s poetry prompt!

How Do I E-mail Clips?

Q: When a publication requests e-queries and clips, how do you e-mail the clips?—Nannette Croce A: Sending clips via e-mail can be difficult. You can try scanning the images, but that sometimes blurs the words and makes the piece illegible. You can copy text into a word processing document and send it, but that...

Writers are Readers

Hi Writers,Publishers Weekly published an essay last week “Two-Way-Street” by Charlotte Cook. Cook, an independent publisher of her own book line, Komenar Publishing, was the subject of a short profile in Writer’s Digest last year. She writes that she was deluged with queries, phone calls and submissions after that article came out. It seems...

On Dream Jobs, Doing TV, and Pickpocketing Hippies

Last week I did some TV stuff for the Boston news show Chronicle, in  which I brought them around to some “insidery gems” in the city and  talked about what made the places cool and what I saw as trends in  Boston style for men. This is hilarious on several levels, the first  being...

Check it out…

…I’ve been interviewed by Didi Menendez over at the Oranges & Sardines blog. In the interview, she asks me if any of my poems have been inspired by a painting, which artist I would have represent one of my poems, what my poetic statement is, and more. So much more even. Check it out at: http://orangesandsardines.blogspot.com/2008/08/interview-with-poet-robert-lee-brewer.html....

CONTEST: Worst Logline Ever!

Hey, everyone– The Guide to Literary Agents and its editor, Chuck Sambuchino, are hosting a hilarious contest… the search for The Worst Storyline Ever!  Basically, they’re looking for loglines… and the lamer, stupider, and more ridiculous the better. The winner gets a query letter critique from Chuck, a follow-up phone call to discuss the...

The 'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest!

Have you got a horrible idea for a story?  Well I want to hear about it. Welcome to the “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest – a competition that encourages terrible loglines. A logline is a one-sentence line that explains what your story is about and shows the “hook” – the unique idea that makes people...

Cool Writing Opportunities

Hey, screenwriters– Just learned about these interesting new writing opportunities from Jeff Gund’s Infolist, a great source for Hollywood jobs and writing opportunities.  Check it out…______________________________ Hi everyone, Here’s an opportunity for a writer for a half-hour animation project ala Family Guy – details are below. As always, feel free to forward if you...

Writer's Digest TV: Lee Child

Hi Writers,Another video today–I know, I spoil you. Today’s video is an interview with Lee Child, author of the spectacular Jack Reacher series. Here Lee talks about why he switches between first and third person point-of-view in his novels. Keep Writing,Maria

World Tour 2008!

Every year, we have a Market Books “world tour” to celebrate the release of our latest editions of books. This “world tour,” which once consisted of several cities in the region has slowly eroded into our two favorite local locations. On August 20, the Market Books team (including me) will be speaking at Joseph-Beth at...

Can Foreigners Get Stamps for SASE's?

Q. Help! Please. I am in need of an agent. I know exactly who I want. He has been recommended to me by one of his former clients, who happens to be a very established writer. However, I am not sure that I will ever be able to query this agent. His submissions guidelines...

Sending Requested Work in Late

Q. I attended a writer’s conference where I had an opportunity to pitch an agent in hopes of getting feedback on my pitch letter, and also hopefully getting the agent interested in my novel. This agent gave me her business card and said she was interested in seeing my first three chapters – but...

Did Anyone See American Teen (the movie)?

Good movie. It’s a documentary that follows around four highschoolers during their entire senior year.  It’s essentially a real-life Breakfast Club, with a “princess,” an “artsy musician girl,” a “jock,” and a “band nerd.” I’ve been thinking about the movie all weekend.  Some of it fell flat, but Hannah’s storyline in particular (the girl...

READER QUESTION: Why shouldn't I write an "origin pilot?"

Hey, guys— First off, I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to E. Daniels and everyone else who submitted questions to Eric, our host at Reality Binge, for him to answer on his funny blog.  You can submit whenever you want, so please… keep ‘em coming! Secondly, wanted to take a few moments...

Poetry FAQs: Having what it takes to be a poet

Earlier this week, I received a long e-mail from an anonymous Poetic Asides reader who asked important questions I’m sure all poets have asked themselves at some point or another in their poetic development. Here’s some of the e-mail: “I want to put together a book of poetry. I have the subject already in mind....

Great Performances

Hey, everyone– Check out this webisode that was shot for Reality Binge, the talk/sketch show I’m working on for Fox Reality Channel.  (I’m the hot guy in the blue t-shirt, the one with the sledgehammer idea at the beginning.) Reality Binge: Mustache Stalker By the way, if you liked this, and have quick moment,...

Be San Fran's Next Poet Laureate!

Apparently, poet Jack Hirschman’s term has expired, and a new poet laureate for the city of San Francisco is sought. Read the full story at: http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_10189562?nclick_check=1. Nomination forms and even more poet laureate information are available at: http://sfpl.org/poetlaureate.htm. Deadline for nominations is August 28, 2008. If you’re eligible, best of luck to you.  

Writer's Digest TV: M.J. Rose

Hi Writers,It’s another visual aid bonus day here on the Writer’s Perspective! Here’s a short video interview with bestselling author and Writer’s Digest marketing columnist M.J. Rose, who knows more about marketing books than anyone I’ve ever met. She’s a true industry dynamo and visionary. Check her out here. Keep Writing,Maria

Setting Realistic Goals

One important thing to keep in mind as you market your work is to set realistic achievable goals for yourself. Having a “pie in the sky” dream is great, but make sure that you have a realistic plan for getting there. I’ve worked with authors who when I first talk with them want to...

Free Books for Funny People

Hi Writers,I wanted to let you all know that TOW Books, a humor book imprint here at F+W Media is offering free digital downloads of their books, including that of my favorite humorist, Jason Roeder who writes the Roeder Report for Writer’s Digest. If you’re not familiar with Jason, here’s one of his recent...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 015

Good morning! Did you have any crazy dreams last night? If so, you should consider turning them into a poem. Many poets keep dream journals, which they can refer to in times of writer’s block. And often, a dream sequence can be a poem in and of itself. For this week’s prompt, I want...

Give Your Characters A Personality Test!

Special thanks to Russell, a loyal reader who turned me on to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, as talked about recently on The Thinking Writer, film exec/producer Jon Deer‘s screenwriting site.  Basically, the Keirsey Sorter categorizes personalities into basic archetypes, and as Russell and Jon point out, it’s a great tool for thinking about your...

A Book You Should Read Right Now

Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob WalkerNormally my book recommendations fall heavily into the writing,  words, fiction-esque category (Richard Price) or the magazine writer  anthology category (David Samuels), which makes sense, because those  are the things I do, friends. And you are what you read/eat....

Can You Use Someone Else's Character in Your Book?

Q: Can I use a minor yet intriguing character from a famous work as the protagonist of my novel? I know it’s been done with novels like Wide Sargasso Sea, using Mrs. Rochester from Jane Eyre, but would a secondary character from a novel published before 1950 (yet still in print) also be allowed?—Anonymous...

Writer's Digest TV: Interview with David Baldacci

Hi Writers,If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending time with all the thriller writers at ThrillerFest 08, it’s that the adage, “write what you know” holds little merit. Here’s another short Q&A I did with David Baldacci, in which he discusses the merits of writing what you don’t know. Keep Writing, Maria