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


Around the WD Properties: 2-9-2009

Here’s what’s going on around all the great Writer’s Digest peeps and properties. Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, is hosting a webinar titled You Can Write Children’s Books. It will be held this Thursday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. EST. There are a limited number of seats available – I...

Our Newest Look at Self-Publishing

The March/April 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine is now available, and it has an in-depth focus on self-publishing. There’s an article by yours truly, that shows you where Writer’s Digest stands on the issue, plus we offer insider perspective from people like O’Reilly’s Joe Wikert and literary agent Andrea Hurst. To coincide with...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Know Your Pilots

Hey, everyone– It’s January/February, which– in television land– means only thing: PILOT SEASON.  (I know all the networks keep crowing that they’re doing “year-round development,” and while that’s kinda true– to a certain degree– the old development/pilot/staffing seasons are still very much in effect.  Personally, I don’t think the networks will EVER escape those...

READER QUESTION: How Do I Spec a Serialized Show like "Damages?"

Today’s reader question comes from Chuck, who asks…“I love ‘Damages’, the show.  How would you spec a show like Damages when the entire season is one long arc – like one long movie?  Same as ’24.’  Is that possible?” Well, Chuck, the short (and unfortunate) answer is: I probably wouldn’t spec a “Damages”… because...

More Books on Phones (and Other News for Writers)

It’s Friday, time for a little reading break, so I’m sharing with you the latest interesting news I’ve digested this week. Just today, the New York Times reported that Amazon is looking at offering Kindle books on the iPhone. Huge! Google also now has titles from Google Book Search available on mobile devices. Smashwords...

On Meta: Posting About Writing While Writing

Note: Apologies on the wild swings in blog posting time. I’m going to get back on the Tues or Wed posting schedule, just as soon as I’m not overwhelmed with deadlines and Celtic-Laker overtime disappointments. Pinky swear.  The idea of meta is the whole idea of thinking about the fact that you’re thinking about...

A Follow-Up on the Piracy Issue

There was an interesting comment related to my piracy post that I responded to within the comments, but that I’d like to bring more visibility to, in case other people have different perspectives: I disagree with what is implied here. Sure, some authors choose to give their material away for free and that can...

Blogging Services for Writers to Try

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about meaningful blogging, one of the writing community staff (thanks, Winter!) recommended that I link to a few services where you can start a blog. Here are my favorites. WordPress. You can either start a blog for free, hosted by WordPress, or you can install their blogging software...

Bright Spot: Agents Still Actively Seeking Children's Stuff

Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market editor Alice Pope was at the winter SCBWI conference in Manhattan this past weekend and blogged all about it. Maybe my favorite part of everything I read on the blog was a children’s agent who said that the juvenile market is still decently healthy in this economic downturn. But …...

How Writers Can Start Blogging in a Meaningful Way

Last week, one of my webinar participants from 3 Secrets to Getting Your Nonfiction Book Published asked a question about blogging (in the comments section of this post): You indicated today that blogging and/or creating a website to discuss my … uh, area of interest is likely the best route. So, how do I...

MOVIE TALK: Coraline

Coraline, which opens this Friday (February 6), is the kind of movie critics love to praise.  They’ll use words like “quirky” and “whimsical”… they’ll congratulate it on being a kids’ movie that dares to be “dark”… they’ll laud it for using old-fashioned stop-motion animation.  And in their rush to appear smart or hip or...

Where Can Writers Examine GOOD Query Letters?

Q. I noticed that your current GLA e-newsletter published another “terrible” query letter to remind authors what they should not do. I remember that you provided plenty of those letters at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference last April. However, I think that that authors would really like to see examples of GOOD query letters,...

Should Writers Worry About the Pirating of E-Books?

Many unpublished writers worry that their ideas will get stolen, or that their work will get stolen before it reaches publication. I always counsel writers to stop this unproductive thinking. First, writing isn’t exactly a lucrative thing to steal. It is not a highly profitable venture to steal unpublished novel manuscripts. Second, given the...

Literary fiction vs. Maintstream fiction

Q: I see these two terms bandied about on almost every literary blog and Q&A: Literary fiction vs. Maintstream fiction. What are the differences between the two?–Rook V. A: If I made a list of differences between literary and mainstream fiction, it’d look nearly identical to Janet Paszkowski’s “Defining Artless Fiction: 24 Basic Differences...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part Three

Today we wrap up our chat with Canadian animator and author Ellen Besen, who’s been explaining the ropes of animation and offering advice on breaking into the industry… ME:  ELLEN, IMAGINE YOU HAVE STAR STUDENT WHO HAS JUST GRADUATED, HAS A TERRIFIC PORTFOLIO, AND IS ABOUT TO LEAVE BUBBLE OF SCHOOL.  WHAT ARE THE...

Fiction Writers Need Platforms, Too

There were many wonderful comments here last week that I plan to address. The first comes from Linda Adams, on The Essential Components of an (Unpublished) Author’s Website: I should note though that there’s a difference between a non-fiction writer and a fiction writer. When I started seeing terms like platform, my first thought...

Announcing Signature Literary: Ellen Pepus & Gary Heidt

I just got an e-mail from Gary Heidt, who said he is leaving FinePrint Literary Agency to found a new agency called Signature Literary.  He is joined at the agency by co-founder Ellen Pepus, who ran her own one-woman DC agency prior to the merger.  The Signature Web site is up and running, so...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part Two

Hey, screenwriters— We’ve been chatting with Ellen Besen, an accomplished animator and author of the great new book, Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writers, Filmmakers, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know. Last time, we talked about creative principles of animation.  Today, we’ll learn the rules of breaking into the industry...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part One

Hey, folks— We have a special guest with us for a couple days, animator and National Film Board of Canada director Ellen Besen, author of the recently released Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writers, Filmmakers, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know.  I had read Ellen’s book and loved it… and...

Should Canadians Seek a Canadian Literary Agent?

Q. If I am a Canadian writer, am I better to seek a Canadian agent or publisher versus a U.S.-based agent? A. Good question.  Look into both.          Some Canadian publishers and agents only want to work with Canadians, so you have an inside track to some pros right there. In fact, I...

Can You Send More Than 5 Pages?

Q. I’ve noticed that many agents ask for the first five pages of your manuscript in their query submission guidelines. I was wondering what to do if the first five pages cuts off in an awkward place, such as the middle of a scene/chapter or even the middle of a sentence. Should you reformat...