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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


Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 014

My activity on the blog may (or may not) be limited between today’s and next week’s prompt, because I’m getting married to poet Tammy F. Trendle this weekend. So today’s prompt is obviously steered by that event. For this week, I want you to write a poem about marriage. It can be about your...

Contractions With Proper Nouns (Brian's a baseball Fan)

Q: I recently got into a grammar debate with my wife and would like you to settle things for us once and for all: Can you use contractions with a proper noun (“Jodie’s in charge” instead of “Jodie is in charge”)?—Benjamin W. A: There are two main reasons to use apostrophes: 1. to form...

Kind Words From Author Brad Thor

Author Brad Thor (His book, The Last Patriot, was a NYT #1 bestseller) had these kind words to say when meeting WD editor Maria Schneider:         “Writer’s Digest is always going to have a very special place in my heart because Writer’s Digest was there at the beginning. I read the magazine and...

More on simultaneous submissions to agents

Hi Writers,Since there were so many comments and questions about the Brad Thor post on simultaneous submissions to agents, I asked my favorite agent expert, Chuck Sambuchino, of the Guide to Literary Agents to give us his take on the issue. Here’s Chuck: First of all, I have to disagree with Brad’s comment that...

All About Children's Agents

Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market, has been in the thick of things out in Beverly Hills this past week at the SCBWI Summer Conference, where the best and the brightest involved in the juvenile writing world gather to network and learn from one another.  In fact, she has been blogging...

The Things That I've Learned

I’ve now spent a LOT of time away from the city of Brotherly Hub,  which has made me reflective, which is the proper mindframe to either  a) create a sappy (but totes cute!) collage of Saved By the Bell and  Party of Five heartthrobs for your best high school girlfriend or b)  think about...

Upcoming Film Festivals: August Edition

Special thanks once again to my friends at MovieMaker magazine for their awesome festival-and-contest email.  As much as I love giving you all this info every month, I can’t really take credit for finding it… so please head to www.moviemaker.com and check out their website, sign up for their free newsletter, or subscribe to...

Announcing: WD Live author interviews

Hi Writers,Writer’s Digest is pleased to announce the debut of WD Live, a series of free live video interviews with top-name authors from ThrillerFest 2008. Just to give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s an entertaining segment with authors Steve Berry, Brad Thor and James Rollins, discussing how they quietly began writing...

John Howe Interview

Check out this interview with renowned fantasy artist John Howe, author of Fantasy Art Workshop from IMPACT Books. John is a widely recognized Tolkien artist and the conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings movies. I had a chance to meet John at Comic-Con and talk to him about the blending of movies and comics in popular...

Rabbit Season/Duck Season/Submission Season

I used to love that Looney Tunes cartoon where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck would argue over rabbit and duck season until Bugs fooled Daffy into saying, “It’s duck season. Duck season!” And then, he’d get shot, and say something like, “I hate you,” to Bugs–who’s so smart, yet always (always) takes a wrong turn...

Brad Thor on simultaneous submissions

Hi Writers,I’m in the middle of transcribing a lengthy Q&A with Brad Thor (The Last Patriot) for the December issue of Writer’s Digest and I thought what he had to say about literary agents was quite interesting for going against the grain of traditional publishing wisdom (this is unedited, direct from a transcript): I...

Poetic Terms: End-stops and Enjambment

The young woman says, “July is over,but you don’t have to go on andon about it. There’s always August.” And with these three lines, I’m prepared to lay out the difference between using an end-stop or enjambment at the ends of your lines. Want to really impress and flatter a fellow poet at the...

Writing Your TV Pilot – Next Thursday!

Hey, everyone– If you’re working on a script for the next Lost, Friends, or 24… or toying with an idea… or just love television… check out the class I’m teaching for mediabistro next Thursday night… Writing the TV Pilot: Create and develop your own series With broadcast networks trying new programming strategies and new...

Podcasting

Hi Writers, Podcasting is a great way to spread the word about the work that you do. Try finding a blogger who writes about the kind of stuff you write about and approach them about a possible interview. Bloggers are always looking for good material. Another thing you can try is posting podcasts on...

New Agent Alert: Josh Getzler of Writers House

Editor's note: As of summer 2011, Josh is now agenting with the Hannigan Salky Getzler 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...

Do You Send a Query or a Proposal or Both?

Q. I have completed my nonfiction book proposal and am ready to begin contacting agents.  In the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents, I notice that the preferred method is to send agents a query letter.  Does the agent require the proposal too, or is the proposal used to send to publishers?  Can I send...

Interning With an Agency

Q. I am in the southwest part of Virginia right now where you recently did a speaking engagement, though I didn’t go since I did not know about it, and I really want to get into the publishing business. However, I have made an obligation to stay here with a friend of mine for...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 013

For this week’s poetry prompt, I’m also going to discuss an interesting poetic form called the cento. A cento is a poem composed of lines from other poets’ poems. It’s similar to the “cut-up technique” made famous by William S. Burroughs and others. The main difference is that a cento uses only lines from...

Begging The Question: How To Use It Correctly

Q: I’ve been told that I often misuse the phrase “begs the question” in my writing. Can you explain to me how to use this phrase correctly and give me an example? Thanks. —Anonymous A: “Begging the question” is a phrase that’s commonly misused. In fact, even I misused it once in an editor’s...

Peter David Interview

Check out the following interview with renowned comics writer Peter David, author of Writing Comics with Peter David as well as numerous comic titles including The Hulk, The Dark Tower, X-Men and many others. IMPACT Books and Writer’s Digest Books Publicity Manager Greg Hatfield catches up with Peter at Comic-Con and talks about Peter’s favorite...

Poets Helping Poets: Poetry Websites of Interest

Way back in June I asked poets to share their favorite poetry-related websites, and I found myself buried under recommendations. So many of the sites were great, but I tried to be hard-nosed about which ones I included on this list, because I know you’re all very busy people who can’t go checking out...

Comic-Con Aftermath

Hi Writers, I’m back in the office after an awesome Comic Con. I’ve got lots of stuff to share with you, which I plan to do in bite sized chunks. The show was great, both from the perspective of a writer and also as someone who just loves comics and popular culture. I attended...