Writing Editor Blogs

The Writer’s Dig
by Jess Zafarris
Content Strategist Jess Zafarris covers everything about writing on this blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, she’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from herself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out her advice—your writing career will thank you. Read The Writer’s Dig


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
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


Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/5/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Also, quick plug: March is a phenomenal month for Writer’s Digest webinars, with three sessions...

Agent Rachelle Gardner's Teaching a Webinar!

Exciting news. Literary agent Rachelle Gardner (well known for her super-awesome and popular publishing blog) will be teaching an online webinar on Thursday, March 11, on “How Do Agents and Editors Decide?” It’s a 90-minute online class guaranteed to be an info-filled bonanza of advice and tips for both fiction and...

On Writer's Block

“It would probably be too strong a statement for me to say I don’t believe in ‘writer’s block.’ But I almost don’t believe in it. I think the term is a bit pretentious. I think everybody has days when his or her work is not flowing, no matter what the work...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by F. Gerard Jefferson

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer F. Gerard Jefferson. F. Gerard Jefferson...

Agent Advice: Adam Chromy of Artists and Artisans Inc.

This installment features literary agent Adam Chromy, founder of Artists and Artisans Inc. As a screenwriter, he has established connections in the film industry, and his book deals have led to one New York Times bestseller. In 2002, he established Artists and Artisans Inc., a literary management company in New York...

25 Prompts to Fire Up Your Creativity this Weekend

By my count, Promptly will be hitting its 100th prompt anniversary next Friday (give or take a few days that featured multiple prompts). In addition to celebratory digital cake, in the posts leading up to our double-golden anniversary prompt, I’ll be featuring 25 writing prompts a day, in the order in...

New Agent Alert: Don Fehr of Trident Media Group

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...

Demystifying Contracts: What Every Writer Should Know

At the SCBWI 2010 Winter Conference, agent Edward Necarsulmer IV (of McIntosh & Otis) gave a presentation called "The Real Deal about Contracts." At McIntosh & Otis, Necarsulmer handles his clients’ contracts with publishers. Other agencies have contracts departments. Either way, both agents and authors should understand the ins and outs...

A Sanctuary of Self-Acceptance

Today’s guest post is by the always remarkable Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or dig around for more of her excellent tales. When I met author Neil White at the 2009 Louisiana Book Festival, I never imagined he’d once served an eighteen-month prison stint in the swampy landscape of the...

Transforming fear and breaking through the writing wall

It hurts. Being pushed artistically. Being pushed to reach higher, dig deeper. Sometimes we’re pushed by a teacher, a mentor. Other times we have to push ourselves. Years ago I took an expressive dance class at Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. I had always been interested in acting and...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Picture Books

“You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on writing picture books. 1. Ten Myths about...

Your idea in motion

I’m realizing one thing that gets me stuck, that freezes me up, is that I want so badly to get it down perfectly the first time. Who was it that said our thoughts are always grander in our mind? That they can never compare to what we get down on the...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Colette Martin

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Colette Martin. Following a career as...

How I Got My Agent: Ellen Bryson

"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,...

Kids Contest Winners Announced!

Judging is complete and here are the winners for the second “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, which focused on kids writing. Congratulations to all winners. We had about 400 entries, which was amazing. The current contest (goes till March 14) is for writers of YA and adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy....

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 2/26/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Also, quick plug: March is a phenomenal month for Writer’s Digest webinars, with three sessions...