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


Upcoming Conferences & Festivals: September Edition

Once again, thanks to MovieMaker magazine and its FestFlash emails for this great list of upcoming festivals, contests, and conferences… UPCOMING FESTIVALS & CALL FOR ENTRIESAFI FEST 2008 presented by Audi, slated for October 30th to November 9th, brings the best of world cinema to the heart of Hollywood for 11 days this fall....

5 Nifty Google Writing Tools

Hi, writers, Maria is likely sipping exotic neon cocktails and hanging out with top writers as the Maui Writers Conference wraps up in Hawaii, so this week I’m taking over The Writer’s Perspective and the WD fort in Cincinnati, wearing an old lei from a luau-themed office party. I originally planned to blog about...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 018

I don’t know. Maybe it’s the diet I’ve recently put myself on. Maybe it’s the approach of autumn festivals and the thought of funnel cakes and soft pretzels. Or maybe it’s just the poets I’ve been reading. Regardless, it feels as if I’ve been reading a lot of poems recently dealing with food-food-food (yummy,...

'Worst Storyline Ever' Closed, Judging in Progress …

To all those of you who entered the “Worst Storyline Ever” contest last month, know that the contest is now closed and that entries are being judged.  I hope to have a winner picked out within one week of today.  We received a lot of entries, so the judging won’t be easy! “Worst Storyline...

How To Write a Novel Synopsis (2009 GLA Excerpt)

The 2009 Guide to Literary Agents has been out for about a month and a half.  Inside the the newest edition fo the book, readers will find oddles of agent information concerning who’s looking for what and how to submit.  Also, the book has instructional articles on queries, synopses, proposals and everything else.  Here...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Sandra Beasley

This interview has been a work-in-progress since May of this year, even if Sandra Beasley wasn’t in the loop on it. When I was in Los Angeles earlier this year for BookExpo America, I brought along a copy of Hotel Amerika for reading purposes and was floored by a poem about a translator by...

A Message from the Writers Guild

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to post this email sent this evening from Writers Guild presidents Patric Verrone and Michael Winship.  They say some interesting things about the post-strike world of new media and online entertainment, as well as their stance on the current standoff between studios and the Screen Actors Guild…Dear Fellow Members, It’s Labor...

READER QUESTION: TV Spec-Writing Advice?

Today’s question comes from Peggy, an aspiring TV writer who lives in Florida.  Peggy writes… “I love Law & Order: SVU, and I am working on a script.  Any suggestions for me?” Well, first of all, Peggy—congratulations on starting your spec!  I’m not sure exactly what stage you’re at, but I think simply starting...

Everyone have a great weekend!

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the States, so I get a 3-day weekend with my sons and family reunions on both Sunday (in Northwest Indiana) and Monday (in Southwest Ohio). Woo-hoo! Also, I want to remind y’all that the deadline for the Fake Bio Note contest is drawing near. So before you get...

TheWB.com Launches!

This may not mean much to some of you, but to those of you who were fans of Buffy, Roswell, Veronica Mars, and Angel (I’m not mentioning Gilmore Girls… sorry), this is freakin’ awesome news!… As announced this spring, TheWB.com has finally launched!  Basically, it’s a resurrection of the original WB network, but entirely...

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Agent Michael Bourret Interview at CWIM

Another editor here – the wonderful Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market – has recently interviewed literary agent Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.  The whole interview is over on Alice’s CWIM blog. As you may have guessed, most of the interview questions deal with children’s writing, especially his search...

10 Query Letter Tips

In the most recent issue of Writer’s Digest magazine (Sept/Oct. 2008), the big focus is on agents, so I got to write a lot of material for the issue.  One smaller article I wrote that’s getting a lot of attention over at writersdigest.com is a basic piece called “10 Tips You Need to Know...

Writing the Reality TV Show – Next Thursday!

Hey, TV writers and producers– If you have any idea for the next America’s Got Talent, Good Eats, The Amazing Race or Criss Angel: Mindfreak… or if you’re just trying to get your foot in the reality TV door… or even if you’re just a big reality fan… check out the mediabistro seminar I’m...

Thanks for the Great Comments

Hi Writers, Apologies for my lapse in postings. I’ve had a couple of busy weeks, but wanted to assure you haven’t forgotten about the blog. I’ve been reading everyone’s comments, which have been great… lot’s of good things to think about. I’m hoping soon to have a chance to post some answers to some...

Off to the Maui Conference

Hey all, Maria and I are packing our bags and ready to head out to the Maui Writers Conference—oh the hardships of being an editor (insert smilie face here). She wanted to post, but was too busy trying to locate a reasonably-priced grass skirt on eBay, so I’m filling in. Thankfully, I already own...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 017

For today’s poetry prompt, let’s write a poem about finding something. You can find an old award, photograph, or sense of humor. You can make it something funny, sad, or angry. In the process of finding something, I hope we all find ourselves with another poem. Here’s my attempt for the day: “Goggles” He discovered...

Speaking of the Writers Strike…

Hey, guys– On the heels of yesterday’s Variety article about the aftermath of the writers strike, check out today’s article about the WGA‘s upcoming elections.  Even if you’re not living or working in L.A., the results of these elections will help shape Hollywood– and writers’ roles in it– for the near future… http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117991184.html?categoryid=10&cs=1

Action, Thriller, or Crime Scripts Wanted

FROM JEFF GUND’S INFO LIST… Hi everyone, INFOLIST.com has forged an alliance with InkTip.com to bring you some great opportunities! Here’s some info on a script wanted that is high concept action/drama story with comedic elements, ala The Rundown – be sure to read the specific details below! Feel free to forward if you...

If I Write in Multiple Genres, Do I Need Multiple Agents?

Q: I’m in the process of authoring books in four different genres. Do I need to enlist four agents?—N. Schad A: You’re writing four books at once? I can’t handle writing two stories at the same time, let alone four, so I’m impressed. But when it’s time to find an agent, you may want...

The Writers Strike: 6 Months Later…

Hey, everyone– it’s been six months since the end of the 100-day writers strike that shut down Hollywood for almost four months in 2007 and 2008… and we’re still feeling the effects.  Pilot and development season has been revamped (at least for now), networks and studios have fewer projects in development, and the Screen...

Text Message Poetry: A New Poetic Form?

This morning, I was contemplating different poetry delivery methods, thinking of the obvious ones first: print books, chapbooks, journals, broadsides, websites, blogs, e-mail, PDFs, CDs, DVDs, etc. And finally, I thought of text messaging. On my cell, one page is defined as 160 characters, and I’m unable break my lines. So I started wondering...

GLA vs. Writer's Market

Q. I queried an agent back in April using Writer’s Market to find her. Her listing no longer exists on Writer’s Market and she has requested a partial read of my manuscript. What does it mean when an agent is no longer listed with Writer’s Market?        – Sonya A. Great question.  Writer’s Market...