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


GUEST PERSPECTIVE: How NOT to Write a Screenplay

Hey, screenwriters– I’m excited to present a special guest today… William M. Akers, author of the new screenwriting book, Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great, from Michael Wiese Productions, and… my former screenwriting teacher at Vanderbilt University! Will was not only a great teacher (and my first screenwriting professor ever), but...

Writing and Critique Groups: How many exist?

This morning, Jane Friedman (editorial director of Writer’s Digest Books) asked me to pass along the following message that she also posted on her blog (http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules). Please feel free to comment below if you have any feedback to share on this topic. Thanks! Original message: Every week at F+W, we have a pub board meeting...

Slow News Day

So I thought I didn’t have anything to share today, but as I was cleaning out my e-mail, I found the following message from Gretl van der Merwe, who’s apparently starting up a bimonthly magazine called Melisma. Here’s the official notice: TheVerbForI will be publishing the first issue of “melisma,” it’s bimonthly magazine on...

Speaking of crazy slush piles…

Hi Writers,Thanks to all who spoke their piece on my previous post. Great discussion, feel free to continue the dialogue. The issue Charlotte Cook brought up though, about facing an overwhelming slush pile, is something that’s a widespread problem in the publishing industry. And I found an article on BookSeller.com “The Slush Pile Goes...

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New Agent: Jon Sternfeld of Irene Goodman 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. He is seeking: intelligent literary...

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MORE Agent Chapter 1 Pet Peeves and Writing Cliches

The current issue of Writer's Digest magazine (Sept/Oct 08) has a piece in it that I wrote on literary agents' chapter 1 pet peeves. For it, I basically just contacted a whole bunch of agents - new and experienced, fiction and nonfiction, Christian and not, juvenile and adult - and asked them all...

Beware the Children's Literary Agency

Q. Hi, I have a finished manuscript that is for the age range of 7-12. Can you tell me if you are familiar with Children’s Literary Agency? If so, can you tell me what you know about them? Thank you.        – Debbie A. I am familiar with that agency and let me say...

Agent Donald Maass = New Writer Unboxed Contributor

Therese Walsh of Writer Unboxed recently e-mailed to tell me the exciting news that superagent Donald Maass will be joining Writer Unboxed as a contributor. Off the top of the head, I can think of at least two amazing books on writing penned by Maass, so there is no doubt that the man is...

Agency News From Here and There…

News from the agent world… 1. Ronnie Gramazio is no longer with Martin Literary Management From Sharlene Martin, principal of MLM:         “Please be advised that effective August 19, 2008 Ronnie Gramazio is no longer an agent with Martin Literary Management.  He has decided to return to an editor position with a soon...

Pseudonyms For Authors

Q. The October 2008 issue of Writer’s Digest on literary agents was nicely done and I enjoyed the variety of your articles.  Agent-related materials always intrigue me, and you gave me the opportunity to discover more about the author’s representation process.  On page 30, (the author) made the suggestion to look for an agent...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 016

Sometimes, it’s healthy to have a nice long rant about something. Ranting can become painful for those around you if it’s all you ever do. But taken in moderation, it’s a nice way to let off your own steam–and it can also open a window for others to let off their own steam (if...

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...