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


Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/26/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Why New Novelists Are Kinda Old, or, Hey, Publishing...

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How I Got My Agent: Lisa Dale

"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...

To Follow Up or Not To Follow Up…

Q. If you don’t mind, I’ve got a quick question.  You indicated in one of your talks to us that it was probably okay to re-query an agent if he or she had not responded to your initial e-mail query after about a month or so (and hadn’t stated somewhere that no response meant...

Sell Your Reality Show… Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys– If you’re hoping to sell the next The Bachelorette, American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars… or even if you just want to work on them… I’m teaching my reality TV seminar, “Writing the Reality TV Show,” for mediabistro next Tuesday, July 7.  If you’re interested (and in Los Angeles), I’d love...

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My Adventures in St. Simon’s Island …

Presented at the Southeastern Writers Workshop in St. Simon's Island, GA this week. It was fun. St. Simon's is one of four islands off the coast of Georgia and there is a fun mix down there of old Southern culture and wildlife with new touristy stuff to do. Man, it was HOT. Arrived to...

Better Than Brad Pitt? (Why You Should Go to Book Events)

Today’s guest post is from becoming-a-regular-and-fabulous-contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Above she is shown with Tim Gautreaux, the recipient of the 2009 Louisiana Writer Award and author of three novels and two story collections. The picture was taken at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter. A book event! Authors read from...

Writing Advice Hasn't Changed Much Since 1921

On my desk I keep a copy of one of the first Writer’s Digest titles, How to Write Short Stories by L. Josephine Bridgart, published in 1921. It is a subtle reminder of how little things have changed when it comes to writing and publishing. Below is an excerpt from the very first chapter,...

A Few of My Favorite Podcasts…

Thanks to the anonymous reader who posted in response to last week’s post about Jen Grisanti’s Storywise podcast, and their question… “Which writing podcasts do you regularly download?“ To be honest, I don’t listen to a ton of writing-specific podcasts… although I always wish I did… but I like to listen to some other...

The Future of TV: CBS vs. NBC

Hey, all– Just wanted to point out a great article from Brian Steinberg in this morning’s Ad Age… he does a nice job of pointing out how NBC (which is seemingly in a deadly tailspin) and CBS are both programming their air in vastly different ways– and how their two strategies reflect the seismic...

How to Save Time and Money with Professional Editors

This post has been adapted from material by Jim Adams, at his site Migdalin.com. I met the talented Jim this past weekend at the WD Editors’ Intensive, and we discussed his passion for editor George H. Scithers. — After 30 years of rejection, I finally got tired of not knowing why my writing wasn’t...

More on Ageism in Hollywood…

Some of you may remember, a few weeks back when loyal reader Jon sent in a question and we had an ongoing discussion about ageism.  Well, thanks to Jon for sending in “What Hollywood Is Not Letting You See,” a recent piece from Robert Elisberg in The Huffington Post.  It’s a great piece… click...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/19/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Ask the editor: Do publishers have rules about POV?@LatinoBookNews...

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How I Got My Agent: Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

"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...

Storywise: All Your Favorite Writers… In Their Own Words!

Hey, folks– This is gonna sound like shameless promotion, and maybe it is– especially considering Jen Grisanti is a friend of mine– but this is a great new resource that you should all check out. Jen, who used to run current programming at Spelling TV and is now coaching countless of top-notch writers and...

What is a "Boutique" Literary Agency?

Q. What is a “boutique” literary agency?        – Joan A. “Boutique” is a strange word agents use when their agencies are small and/or specialized.  See, there are a decent number of big agencies out there, with big-name clients, closing big-time deals.  And then there are plenty of smaller agencies in pockets here and there, handling...

5 Common Flaws in Memoir Projects

Most everyone knows how difficult it can be to sell a memoir when you’re not famous (or infamous). I often advise writers that if you don’t have a celebrity-like fan base, or a loyal and captive audience, then you need to write like a master—or have such a fantastical story that no one will...

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Agent Advice: Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency

This installment features literary agent Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, who specializes in romance. She has 13 years of professional experience as a literary agent, editor, writer and bookseller. Laura began her career as a literary agent at Manus and Associates Literary Agency and is a member of the Romance Writers of...

How Do I Track Book Sales?

Q: Is there a way to find out the current sales for a given book that may (or may not) be in print? —Tony P. A: The short answer to this is no. Due to the volume of distribution channels, there is no outlet where you can find an accurate and reliable sales figure...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/12/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Adorable AND valuable – 5 Things Sesame Street Can Teach You...

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How I Got My Agent: Jess Haines

"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...