Writing Editor Blogs

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


Questions & Quandaries
by Brian Klems

Don’t know the difference between “who” and “whom”? Facing an ethical dilemma about accepting gifts from subjects? Let the informative (and humorous) columnist Brian A. Klems answer some of your most pressing grammatical, ethical, business and writing-related questions. Check out his advice and don’t hesitate to ask a question—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


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


Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 002

I had to drive into work in a steady rain this morning. Those who know me very well know that I loathe driving on the Interstate in the rain, because of a hydroplaning experience I had several years ago in southern Kentucky. Ever since that crash (no one was seriously injured), I’ve had this...

Marketing Tools

Hi Writers, Sorry for the brief lapse in postings. I’ve had a cold for the past few days and am afraid that anything I might have posted would have sounded a little uninspired. One of my intentions with this blog is to begin with simple marketing strategies and build upon those ideas to offer you...

Free poetry CD download!

The Academy of American Poets is getting into its bag of poetic tricks again (always in a good way). After offering up a poem-a-day by well known poets through April, they’re now allowing poets to download an 11-track CD, recorded last month during their National Poetry Month reading series–completely free. To download it, visit: www.poets.org/freecd

Can I Use Song Lyrics in my Manuscript?

Q: What are the legal ramifications of reproducing song lyrics in a manuscript? If permission from each copyright holder is necessary, what’s the best way to secure these permissions? Also, can I use a song title as the title of my book?—June Youngblood A: Song lyrics are copyrighted, which means you need permission to...

Mama vs. the Maid

Hey, screenwriters— Saw two movies this last week—Made of Honor and Baby Mama—that I thought made an interesting comparison of romantic comedies.  Neither is particularly brilliant, but I think Baby Mama succeeds more as a romantic comedy, or relationship comedy, and I wanted to look at why. Although there are plenty of things to...

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New Agency Alert: The Croce Agency

Reminder: Newer agencies 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. Actively seeking commercial fiction and...

Eberhardt Moves to Reece Halsey North

Editor’s note: As of 2011, April has formedher own agency. See her new website here. ———- April Eberhardt has recently left the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and moved to Reece Halsey North. ABLA confirmed the move to me recently. Both agencies are located in the Bay Area. Here is what she is looking for:...

Send Us To Your Site!

Hi Writers, Now is the time to bring your website to the attention of the WD editors. We’re taking nominations for the best writer’s website to feature in the October issue of Writer’s Digest. Here are the details: We’re looking for the writer with the best personal website or blog that was created and...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Julianna Baggott

My first experience with Julianna Baggott was on my first edition as editor of Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books). I asked her to write a diary style piece on how she published her first and best-selling novel, Girl Talk (Washington Square Press). It was my first risk as an editor, and Julianna made me...

All Hail the Query Shark!

Awesome new blog on the Web: Query Shark, run by the great Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Management. I talk about query letters all the time at conferences, and attendees always ask the same question: Where can I go to see examples? I always pass on a few good websites, but this one looks...

Day 20 Highlights

On Day 20, I asked you to write a Love poem. And the sparks started flying immediately. There’s no better way to start a week than with a little love, so without further ado. *****   Helping Hands   It would be better to think you were made for me a custom order handcrafted...

Poets Have Mothers, Too!

And if you’re looking for a brilliant, cost effective, creative and last minute gift for Mother’s Day, do what I plan on doing for my mother: Write her a poem. Actually, I’m going to go a few steps beyond that. First, I’ve written the poem. Second, I will get one of those two-picture frames...

UPCOMING FILM FESTIVALS: May Edition

Hey, filmmakers– Here’s a list of upcoming film festivals that you can both attend and submit to.  Much of this comes from MovieMaker Magazine, which does a great job compiling these things.  Do yourself a favor and– if you don’t wanna subscribe– become a regular at their site and sign up for their emails…...

Bluegrass Festival of Books at JBB Lexington

Hi Everyone, Wanted to let everyone know about an event I have coming up. Next weekend I’ll be attending the Bluegrass Festival of Books at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY where I’ll be signing copies of my book Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America. There’s lots of authors scheduled covering a wide range...

Journalism: Breaking In

Hi Writers,To follow up on my last post about landing a journalism career, I asked our newly hired managing editor, Zac Petit—who graduated from J-school three years ago—to share his thoughts. Here’s Zac: Ahh, journalism—long hours, low pay, shrinking newsrooms, coffee overdoses, sadistic deadlines, weekends spent covering garage sales boasting glamorous taglines such as...

Thank You IRS!

While I’m not sure how much this stimulus/rebate thing-a-ma-bob is actually going to help the economy (just as I was skeptical of the earlier stimulus check that apparently didn’t help out), I’m more than happy to have received a bounce in my checking account this morning. Yay! I know not everyone who reads this...

Day 19 Highlights

On Day 19, I asked you to write a poem about a memory of yourself that you personally could not remember. For instance, something from early on in your youth, from blacking out because of drinking or medication, or from just having a horrible memory, I guess. I used some anecdotes from my youth and something...

The Art of Pitching – Wednesday Night!

Hey, TV writers– If you have an idea for the next The Big Bang Theory, Bones, or Dancing with the Stars, I’m teaching a 3-hour seminar at mediabistro this coming Wednesday on “The Art of the Pitch: How to Sell Your Television Series Idea.”  Here’s the scoop… WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 7-10 pmWHERE: mediabistro.com,...

Building Community

Hi Everyone, I’ve been reading all the wonderful comments that have been posted here at the M-Word and I must say that I’m very encouraged. I’m glad that writers are finding my ideas helpful. I’m even more inspired to share my thoughts and I encourage you to do the same. As I’ve mentioned in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 001

My baby brother is (finally) going to graduate with a degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma after nine years of study. You see, his big problem is that he’s even more interested in experiencing weather than he is in studying about it. So, he’s missed studying for tests and finishing projects because...

Principles, Not Rules!

Remember the movie Adaptation? (Second mention of that movie in a week!  I know!)  There is a scene where two brothers are sitting around, talking about the craft and business of screenwriting. One brother is discussing screenwriting workshops he recently attended and singing their praises. The other brother warns against workshops and instructors, saying...

Day 18 Highlights

There is no connection: That is the line I asked you to use in writing your poems on Day 18. It was a line that’d been rolling around in my head for awhile, though the context is totally lost on me now. As it should be. It’s amazing how one line can go so...

So you want to be a journalist?

 Hi Writers,I just hired a new editor this week to join the Writer’s Digest editorial team. In the process of screening applicants and going through the whole interview process with a number of fine journalistic candidates, I realized a few things that I thought might help those of you who are looking for a...

The A's and An's of Grammar

Q: I know “a” goes before words beginning with a consonant and “an” before words that start with a vowel. But it seems like lately it’s become fashionable in print to use “an” with any word beginning with the letter “h.” Try to say “an half an hour”: You’ll wind up with a sprained...