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


A bunch of stuff… including Scott's contest question

Hey, guys– A bunch of stuff… 1)  Scott asked a good about the Spinoff Contest… “Will you allow entrants from outside the US?” The answer?… ABSOLUTELY!  Wherever you are, Scott– or anyone else– please: submit away!  Click HERE for all the details… 2)  If you’re into web video, check out a great website called...

Defining Create Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction and Biography

Q. At first I thought I was writing “narrative nonfiction.”  As I proceed through the book, I have begun to wonder whether I might be writing “creative nonfiction,” or even an “autobiography.”  Could you please further elucidate the distinctions?      – Mark A. Well let’s see…      Narrative nonfiction IS creative nonfiction.  They are one in the same...

Pat, Chris and Other Gender-Neutral Names

Don’t forget: When addressing a literary agent in a query letter, it should always be in the form of “Dear Mr./Ms. Robinson:” However, feel free to break this rule when you are addressing an agent whose gender is in question – names such as Pat, Chris, Charley, heck even Leslie.  Just simply address them as...

How Much Do You Care? It Might Determine Your Success

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of caring (and understanding), and how it affects our choices in life—whether to build a partnership with someone, to buy or commit to a product or service, or to participate in a group or organization. For example: The Chief Happiness Officer has always believed that...

VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Hollywood ASST"

I meant to post this a couple days ago and totally spaced it… sorry!… but this video has been making the rounds in Hollywood.  It’s from my friend Max Dionne and his sketch group, Back of the Class.  If you’ve ever worked as a Hollywood assistant… or wanted to… this should make you smile…...

Handling Digital/Electronic Rights to Your Shorter Works

A reader of this blog (and MWW member!), Cathy Shouse, wrote to ask: The Saturday Evening Post is buying first rights to my financial articles and are also including the right to put them on their website. They are archiving them and I’m concerned no one will want them in reprints or as chapters...

Win a role on CBS's "Numb3rs"!

Hey, everyone– Thought this was a fun opportunity I’d pass on!…The Writers Guild Foundation is conducting an Ebay auction to raise vital funds for our High School Screenwriting Workshops and other community outreach & literacy programs. Thank you for bidding generously! EBAY AUCTION! – TV SHOW NUMB3RS WALK-ON-ROLEAuction Ends: Feb-28-09 19:58:07 PST- BID NOW!...

The End of Cultural Authority

There’s a great interview over at Poets & Writers with four editors in book publishing. One of the best bits: Q: When you look at the industry, what are the biggest problems we face right now? CHINSKI: I think they’re all so obvious. Returns. Blogs.GARGAGLIANO: And just finding readers.CHINSKI: The end of cultural authority....

Should Your Book Really Be a Book? How About a Website First?

One of the key points from my January webinar about salable nonfiction book concepts is that not every concept (or author) is ready for immediate book publication. Sometimes you should start by building a site and a community around your topic, and see where things lead. If you generate interest and gather people around...

Concerning Agents and E-Mail Attachments

Q. I have been using Guide to Literary Agents since 2006 as a resource to find an agent for my husband’s fiction novel.  The one thing that confuses me is the submission area that most of the time will show query, synopsis, 3 chapters, bio … and so forth. My question is for those...

Conflicting Advice About Query Formatting

Q. I’m hoping that you can provide us readers with some advice about dealing with conflicting advice and expectations from different agents.  For example, while reading about query letters in the 2-12-09 GLA newsletter, one link led to advice from an agent who praised a writer for including her name, address, email address and...

Two Pitches, One Magazine

Q: I’ve written two travel articles about two separate areas in a certain Canadian province. Should I mail them together to editors since they would go well together, or do they need to be mailed separately?—Sharon L. A: First thing you’ll want to do is send a query letter to the editors of the...

Seven Steps to Selling Your Show… in 45 Minutes

Hey, guys– Just wanted to invite you all to a fun event next week.  I’m hosting a short (and totally free!) seminar/discussion on Saturday, February 28, at The Writer’s Store in Los Angeles, followed by a book signing of Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business.  In the seminar, “Seven...

A book recommendation… and a response to Dixon

Hey, guys– Wanted to take a second today to give you a great book recommendation.  Now, granted, I’m biased for a several reasons, but I’d urge you to check out Writer’s Digest‘s new book, The 2009 Screenwriter’s and Playwright’s Market.  Like TCG‘s Dramatists Sourcebook, it lists opportunities to which writers can submit scripts: agents,...

The Burden, Joy, and Necessity of Networking

I have a confession. I am a lousy networker. I make this admission as I sit behind the Writer’s Digest table at the AWP Bookfair, and watch people walk past. Dozens and dozens, eventually hundreds … then thousands by day three. Some stop to look briefly, some even pick up a book, but I’m...

Secrets of Great Storytelling (Particularly for Memoirists)

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know how strongly I recommend Ira Glass as a resource on learning how to storytell. Even though his medium is radio, the same concepts apply to written stories as well, particularly personal stories. I recently discovered Ira’s Manifesto over at Transom. As I’ve said before:...

My State of the Industry Post

I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of the publishing industry lately, and how that relates to agents and writers … and I gotta tell ya … It’s kind of depressing.  I seriously doubt I’m the only one who is amazed by all these cuts at all these publishing houses.  I just talked...

MOVIE TALK: The International

“The International,” which opens tomorrow, February 13, is first-time screenwriter Eric Singer and director Tom Tykwer’s solid and passable—if never genuinely extraordinary—political/corporate thriller.  As a script, it deftly follows the steps of your best TV procedural… yet it never fully makes a genuine emotional impact (except for one incredible scene). Basically, “The International” tells...

WD Editor Intensives in 2009 (Registration Open for March)

After our successful debut of the WD Editors’ Intensive in December 2008, we’ve decided to make it a quarterly event. This event is unique because: It’s run at Writer’s Digest headquarters in Cincinnati It’s run by Writer’s Digest editors, whose primary objective is to help you succeed in your writing career Everyone receives a...

"American Idol" Rally Next Wednesday!

Hey, writers– Next week, the Writers Guild of America is hosting a rally outside American Idol to support the Idol writers who are not getting health care, pension, or union coverage… which is all of them.  Obviously, the WGA has been very active in trying to unionize reality TV, and since American Idol is...