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


Agent Advice: Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary

Kate Schafer Testerman with KT Literary. After nearly ten years with industry powerhouse agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates, Kate formed KT literary in early 2008, where she concentrates on middle grade and YA fiction as well as diving into some adult commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Bringing to bear the experience of working with...

New Genre: 'New Adult' … and a Contest!

The Agency Gatekeeper Blog and Georgia McBride’s site let me know about this new contest by St. Martin’s Press. Previously, we’ve talked about the emerging genres of cyberbilly, elegant erotica, and quagmire fiction.  Now it’s “New Adult.”  (By the way, I love subgenre categories – I find that stuff fascinating.)Here’s the gist: “St. Martin’s...

Meet Rick Qualliotine, Co-EP

I’m writing this while sitting in the office of our Co-Executive Producer, Rick Qualliotine—the only person at The Wanda Sykes Show who has actually PAINTED HIS OFFICE… making this easiest the coolest office in the place (one wall is a bright warm orange-yellow).  Rick started his career in theater, producing plays and stage shows,...

Publishing IS Possible—Writing Advice from author Susan Shapiro

Susan Shapiro “Three pages can change your life.” This is what Susan Shapiro, prolific author and writing teacher said to me during an email conversation today. Susan teaches essay writing and many of her students have published 900 word essays in the New York Times, Newsweek, and Self magazine that have led to career...

5 Tips on Maximizing a Writers Conference

1. Choose sessions you find interesting It’s no secret you need to know how to write a sparkling query, but you’re intrigued to find out how journaling can release your creative muse. Go for the muse. Hundreds of websites will be waiting at home to tell you how to write a query letter. Whenever...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/6/09)

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 3 Questions To Better Understand Your Novel@FictionMatters 3 Storytelling Exercises That Can Get You Published...

Agent Advice: Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary

This installment features Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary. Chris received his undergraduate degree in professional writing from Elizabethtown College, and an MA in Writing from Rowan University. A former playwright, contributor to The Onion, and sketch comedy writer, Chris broke into agenting in 2008 and has sold several projects. He is looking for: "Chris...

How I Got My Agent: Stephanie Feldstein

"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, e-mail me at...

Live from the Wanda Sykes Show…

I’ve been meaning to write about this for the past couple of weeks, but I wanted to let you all know about the premiere of the new show I’m working on… “The Wanda Sykes Show,” FOX‘s new late night talk show which premieres tomorrow night, November 7, at 11 pm (EST). I’ve been a...

Trick Me Into Writing: 5 for Friday

Lately, I’ve had to trick myself into writing. Here are 6 (Okay, I snuck in an extra this week) tricks/methods (suggested by great writers, mentors, professors, & colleagues) that I’ve been using to get started: 1.      The longhand trick. Write in a notebook, with a good old pen. Pablo Neruda said, “The typewriter separated me from a deeper...

New Literary Agent Alert: Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Literary

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 seeking: "young adult...

New Agent Alert: Kimberly Shumate of Living Word Literary 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 seeking: adult fiction,...

Buoyancy Restored

  I’m working on a non-fiction essay today for a workshop I’m taking this Saturday. I’ll tell you more about the workshop later, but now I just wanted to say how different it is for me to work on something non-fiction. I’m so used to making things up! It’s been an interesting challenge. I’m also...

Agent Advice: Dan Conaway of Writers House

This installment features Dan Conaway of Writers House. Dan has been Executive Editor at Putnam, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, Director of Literary Acquisitions at PolyGram Films, Story Editor at Citadel/HBO, Creative Executive at Tribeca Films, and Associate Editor at W.W. Norton. He is looking for: literary fiction, true crime, commercial fiction, historical fiction, thrillers/suspense;...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessica Zelenko

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 Jessica Zelenko. Jessica Zelenko is a new writer living...

Burning Question: Pitch or Write On Spec? (Plus Prompt)

In the world of journalism and freelance nonfiction writing, there are those (everyone from Hunter S. Thompson to some of my colleagues and writer friends) who say to never, ever, not even if you were the last writer on Earth and the editor of The New York Times (having also survived the zombie apocalypse)...

Marketing in a Digital Age

More than a year ago, I left a comment on the Booksquare blog by Kassia Krozser, on a post titled “Why Publishers Should Blog.” Kassia argued that publishers needed to be more vocal about supporting the titles they publish. I responded: Definitely agree, but I have to wonder if the lack of enthusiastic comments...

Paper Airplanes: Sending Notes out into the Literary World

In her book, Making a Literary Life, Carolyn See offers advice for aspiring writers looking to connect with the greater literary world. She has an entire chapter dedicated to this advice called Charming Notes.  Her advice is this: In addition to writing 1,000 words a day (or two hours of revision) five days a...