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


Breaking into Television: My Interview with Alex Epstein

Hey, folks– Just wanted to point you to an interview I recently did with Alex Epstein, TV writer and author of Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box and Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made.  Alex writes the “Complications Ensue” blog, which– if you’re not already reading it– is a terrific blog about...

A Holiday Break; A Look Back; And Mo' Mo-town!

Gracious Friends, As per the orders strictly worded in my 70 page WD blogging contract, I am going off air from now until January 6th, when I shall reappear in the New Year stronger, more emotionally appropriate, and in need of a trim around the back of my neck. The thinking is this: You...

Regular Posts in 2009 (A Promise)

Since my adventurous return from Thailand, I have been intensely involved in F+W responsibilities, preventing regular posts here. (Side note: F+W just unleashed a new corporate site, and it’s very cool!) In any case: In 2009, I promise better and more regular posts. For now: Don’t forget you can find me on Facebook. (When...

Happy Holidays, Movie Lovers!

Hey, everyone– First of all, huge thanks to Matt and Wendy for your super-nice comments after yesterday’s post!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all you guys, and those comments made my day.  Please keep reading… and posting! Second of all… I’m gonna take things slow over the next couple of holiday...

READER QUESTION: How Do I Write Fight Scenes?

Today’s reader question comes from Mel, who posted this in response to my review of Quantum of Solace, the new James Bond movie.  Mel writes… “I… have been thinking about fight scenes. How are they written? How do people make them jump off the page and come to life?” Well, Mel, at the risk...

Join Me for a XX Chat About TV… on the Internet

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to tune in this Sunday, when I’ll be a special guest on The XX Factor, Susan Schofield and Kim Gruenenfelder‘s political/pop cultural Internet radio show on LATalkRadio.com.  We’ll be talking about the state of television… where it’s going in the near future… and some of today’s...

PITCH WORKSHOP: CC's Feedback (Entry #8)

Hey, folks— I wanted to spend today responding to CC’s Pitch Workshop submission for her one-hour TV dramedy, Sarah Weekly. First of all—thanks again to CC for submitting to this!  Whether you’re pitching Steven Spielberg, a low-level TV exec, or just looking for critical feedback, it’s never easy putting your ideas out there in...

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First WD Editors Intensive Conference = Great

For the first time ever this past weekend, we opened the doors here at F+W Media to a large gathering of writers for a small conference on the business and craft of writing. I'm pleased to say the event was a success. I, for one, was wondering how the whole thing would go down...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #9

Today’s Pitch Workshop submission comes from Wendy, who sends in a synopsis of her sitcom idea, Three-Two-One, to get some feedback from all you readers out there… Think Sex in the City meets Weight Watchers; this sitcom cold opens each week with Emma, an extra curvy redhead, Mandy a philosophical dumb blonde, and Gwynne, a...

The WGA Unionizes "Best Week Ever" on VH1!

Hey, guys– Some good news from the war front of the Writers Guild‘s fight to organize reality TV… Best Week Ever, VH1‘s clip show hosted by Paul F. Tomkins, has joined the Writers Guild!  This means the Best Week Ever writers will finally receive standardized salaries, plus pension and health benefits. Clip shows have...

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New Agent at Greenhouse Literary

Greenhouse Literary, a cool newer agency started by Brit Sarah Davies, has recently snagged a new agent: Julia Churchill. Like Sarah, Julia hails from the UK . I'm not sure if Julia will be taking on American authors, but her joining Greenhouse means that Sarah will have more time to devote to American writers,...

READER QUESTION: How Will the New "Jay Leno Show" Make Any Money?

Hey, guys– Hope you’ve all had a good weekend!  And thank you in advance for all the emails, questions, pitch workshop submissions, etc.  I promise you– I’ll get to all of them… but I wanted to answer a quick email from loyal reader Charlie, who asks a question in response to Wednesday’s post about...

Jay Leno & NBC: Smart Move… or Sheer Stupidity?

Hey, folks— I wanted to take a few minutes today to weigh in on what everyone seems to talking about this week… NBC’s announcement that Jay Leno is moving to primetime (10 p.m. PST) with a new nightly talk show (tentatively titled The Jay Leno Show) that will mimic his Tonight Show format, which...

Firebrand Literary's 'Query Holiday'

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 15, Firebrand Literary will not be accepting submissions in the normal “Query First” manner.  Rather, they will be accepting and reviewing complete first chapters of manuscripts. This is a big task for those agents and a great opportunity for writers of all kinds.  For those of you who have never...

Agent Nathan Bransford's New 'First Paragraph' Contest

Literary agent (and super blogger) Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown in San Francisco is hosting another contest.  This one is called “The 2nd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge.” Basically, it’s a contest looking for an amazing first chapter of a novel (nonfiction, too?) in progress.  The rules.  But hurry – the DEADLINE is...

TV Interview… and a Book Excerpt

Hey, guys– Just wanted to point you to an interview I did last week with Mediabistro… we talked about everything from breaking into television and producing your first show to how the Internet is changing TV and what the economy has in store. They also printed an excerpt from my TV book, Small Screen,...

VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Angle On: Intervention"

Hey, guys– I LOVE this video, from the Writers Guild of America, in which Dan Partland, from A&E‘s hit reality show Intervention, explains how the show is written.  Intervention is one of the few reality shows that actually has a WGA contract.  Take a look… really cool… Intervention‘s Dan Partland on “writing reality”

Submit a Portion of the Book With a Query?

Q. I just have a brief question. I have read several articles regarding submissions of material to agents and how to write query letters, but none of the articles say if I am to include a small portion of my book or not. Any suggestions?          – Jennifer Killgore A. There is no...

Greystone Literary is Back in Business

I first met literary ageny Michael Mancilla in New York in 2007.  He founded a cool, newer agency called Greystone, but the agency closed after a few years.  Fortunately, it has recently reopened.  Michael specializes in nonfiction and is looking for good writers.  Greystone Literary Agency 437 New York Ave. NW, No. 211, Washington...

How It Feels To Get Canceled

Hey, everyone— Some sad news (“sad” being relative, so bear with me)… Reality Binge, the Fox Reality Channel sketch/clip/variety show I’d be writing on for the past 8 months, was canceled this week.  We’ll finish out our final two episodes, and the finale will air on Thursday, December 18.   So first of all…...

You Can Bid On a Critique by an Agent

Jennifer Jackson, a literary agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency in NYC, is offering a critique of up to 50 pages of a manuscript as well as up to 10 pages of a synopsis. It’s all part of a fundraiser event that one of Jennifer’s clients is putting on for a great cause. ...

Calling All Rejected Writers

Bill Shapiro, editor of the book Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See, is at it again, this time planning to publish a collection titled Other People’s Rejection Letters, slated for publication by Random House in 2010. If you’ve got a rejection you’re willing to share (anonymously, of course),...