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 Cris Freese
The GLA blog keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences. 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 the Guide to Literary Agents 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


5 Reasons Pitches Can Be Detrimental Rather Than Helpful

I’ve read and listened to hundreds if not thousands of pitches during my decade in book publishing. And while I think it’s important for writers to get out there and interact with and understand professionals in the business, I also think pitching can be a very difficult and unrewarding process for some writers. Consider:...

Query Writing Tips From Agent Michelle Andelman

This is a “Blast From the Past” post.  To celebrate the GLA Blog’s 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best “older” content that writers likely missed. At the CNU conference a while back, I sat in on a presentation on writing query letters by literary agent Michelle Andelman at Lynn C. Franklin...

Mid-Week Prompt: Things We Lost in the Flood

Hey writers, Cincinnati weathered a bit of a flash flood Monday, and I answered the phone at WD to my mother panicking—sewage had bubbled up from a drain, and was streaming into her basement. My father and I held our breath and dove into the old goods—think antique candy, family photos, basset hound lawn...

What is a Kill Fee?

Q: I got a contract for a magazine story that I’m writing, and it makes reference to a “kill fee.” What is a kill fee and why would a publisher and/or writer use one?—Frank A: A kill fee what you get if your editor decides not to buy your story after all. For example,...

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How I Got My Agent: Eugenia Kim

"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...

Have a good week!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to let you know that I’m heading out of town for a few days, and I probably won’t have any Internet access, so I won’t be posting till next week. If you haven’t heard from my by next Thursday or Friday, send in the reserves.  In the mean time, feel...

PAULO'S QUESTION: Do shows ever hop from cable to broadcast?

Today’s question comes from Paulo in Rio, Brazil… which just may win the award for Question Asked From Farthest Away! Paulo works in film financing and is developing some new models for Brazilian TV production.  He asks two questions about the US TV market… Question #1:  “As the cable channels are gaining muscles, have you...

Your Monday Creativity Wake-Up Call: That Strange Day

Hey writers, The July/August issue of Writer’s Digest is nearly off newsstands, and I feel a bit weepy, like an old friend is about to pack up the U-Haul, give some of those awkward parting hugs and hit the road. I love this edition, and I say that not to get everyone out to...

How Royalties and Advances Work

This is a “Blast From the Past” post.  To celebrate the GLA Blog’s 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best “older” content that writers likely missed. If you’re going to wheel and deal with agents and editors, you’ll end up spending more time than you’d like discussing rights, contracts, advances, royalties and a...

2010 GLA Excerpt: Blogs, Facebook and Social Media

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents arrives in-house within one week and, needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean – just look at the book.  It looks like a delicious s’more.  That is – a delicious s’more filled with tons of agent info and conference info and articles. ...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 8/7/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday (or Sunday!) 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 Having a freezer pop + reading Jenny...

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Agent Advice: Susanna Einstein of LJK Literary Management

This installment features Susanna Einstein of LJK Literary Management. Susanna has worked in publishing since 1995 and is one of the founding agents at LJK, where, since 2005, she has been building a client list and selling projects ranging from children’s picture books to adult literary fiction. She is seeking: She is interested...

Your Weekend Creativity Challenge: Like a Virgin

Hey writers, Attached below: Your weekend prompt. In a short story I’m working on, a character fires a gun. No momentous occasion for the character; not exactly out of the ordinary. Except when he went to shoot it, the report fizzled out—a bang somewhere between a snap-and-pop and a stack of books hitting the...

Live Blogging From SCBWI National Conference

If you’re all about writing or illustrating for children, then hopefully you’re at the national SCBWI conference in Los Angeles right now.  But if you couldn’t make it for whatever reason, you’re in luck.  My coworker, Alice Pope, as well as several other very capable individuals are live blogging all about the conference –...

The Voice of Truth and Lies

Today’s guest post is from regular contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Follow this most lovely writer on Twitter. The photo above is of Darrelyn’s grandmother Ara Coleman Wilkerson (1900-1929). I’ve written about feeding The Muse (who craves poetry and art in a quest to inspire). But once inspiration has sprung forth and the bones have been...

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New Agent Alert: Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle 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. She is seeking: Fiction: Children's...

Blake Snyder Was the Master of Structure

I got word yesterday that screenwriter Blake Snyder passed away this week at the much-too-young age of 52.  To quickly explain who he is: Blake had a few of his screenplays produced, but he was more well known for selling a lot of scripts.  He had an amazing track record of selling original, uncommissioned...

The Art of Live Pitching (3 Rules)

Today I arrived in Portland, Oregon, to participate in the Willamette Writers Conference. I first came here in 2004 to hear pitches and take appointments, and I often return to Cincinnati with a great author for Writer’s Digest (e.g., Christina Katz and Sage Cohen as the most recent). Tonight I took part in a...

Want a Crystal Ball to See the Future of Publishing? You Have One.

I’m often asked by writers what the future of publishing looks like. Will print survive? (Yes.) Will newspapers survive? (A few.) Will book publishing become a do-it-yourself free for all? (For some.) Will anyone pay for content, or will a free model reign? (Both.) Confused yet? Everyone is. Amidst the chaos, there is one...

SAD NEWS: Blake Snyder Passes On

Hey, everyone– If you haven’t heard, I wanted to let you all know some very sad news… one of film’s most amazing teachers and writers, Blake Snyder, passed away yesterday.  He died in his home of cardiac arrest.  Blake is best known as the author of the incredible Save the Cat books, which helped...

Your Mid-Week Prompt: Redefining Love

Hey writers, How goes it? All is well in Promptland and Digest-ville. We just wrapped our October issue and are plodding onward toward our November/December mag, and the (most-excellent) post-wrap (brief) calm has descended. I’m working on a piece for the next issue involving literary journals and magazines, and I’m curious, since many of...