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

Christina Stoddard

Christina Stoddard: Poet Interview

I’m always excited to introduce a new poet to the Poetic Asides audience through our poet interviews series and such is the case with Christina Stoddard. Her poetry is great and so are her answers. Christina Stoddard is the author of HIVE, which won the 2015 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press)....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 324

I apologize for the late prompt today. Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a prompt; other times, I struggle with the poem. This time around, I had the prompt–and thought it was a good one–but the poem took a while to get loose. For today’s prompt, write a spectacular poem. Poems that are...

September 2015 Writer's Digest

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem

You knew it was coming. It’s time for the WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem. Find the rules for the minute poem by clicking here. It’s a pretty fun form and only 60 syllables. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in...

Writer's Market 2016

Call for Submissions: Writer’s Market 2017

Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the Writer’s Market 2017. Sometime in November, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, read on. What I Like So, what do I prefer? The best...

Poet's Market 2016

Call for Submissions: Poet’s Market 2017

It’s that time of year again. The new 2016 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2017 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2017 Poet’s Market....


New Literary Agent Alert: Mary South of Lowenstein Associates

Mary is seeking: Mary is currently looking for literary fiction with a compelling voice, an exquisite use of form, and the utmost attention paid to the beauty of the sentence. She also has an interest in nonfiction on subjects such as neuroscience, bioengineering, women's rights, design, and digital humanities, as well as investigative journalism,...

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Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids — Sept. 28 Boot Camp by the Agents at P.S. Literary (with a Critique for all Attendees)

In this Writer's Digest Boot Camp starting Sept. 28, 2015, "Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids," the agents of P.S. Literary Agency will show you how to make your submission stand out. How do you write a children's book with commercial appeal? How do you...


6 Tips for Revising Picture Books

**GIVEAWAY: Marci is excited to give away a free, signed copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Marcie Wessels, author of 2015 picture book PIRATE'S LULLABY shares 6 tips for staying on track during the messy process of picture book revision.


8 Tips for Writing a Tenacious Teen Sleuth

**GIVEAWAY! Kimberly is excited to give away a free copy of her novel GRUNGE GODS AND GRAVEYARDS to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks. ** Author Kimberly G. Giarratano, author of the YA Grunge Gods and Graveyards Mysteries series, shares how to write a spunky YA/MG sleuth, à la Veronica Mars.

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 323

For this week’s prompt, write a hesitation or hesitant poem. I’ll admit that I was initially hesitant to use this prompt, but that hesitation, in a way, signaled to me that I should go ahead with it. After all, aren’t our lives filled with hesitations–large and small? ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have...

Robert Lee Brewer

Minute Poem: Poetic Forms

Before we dive into the poetic form, I just wanted to remind folks about the upcoming poetry event in Hickory, North Carolina. I’ll be there, along with several more talented poets. Click here for more information. ***** Some forms have a long, exotic history. Some forms are relatively new, but have a well-known founder....


What I Learned from Attending Writers’ Conferences

Before teaming up with a new publisher to release both my poetry compilation ATL Fire and California travel memoir Golden State Misadventures over one quarter of a year in 2015, I frequented writers’ conferences and grew from those experiences. Column by Han Vance, author of memoir GOLD ENSTATE MISADVENTURES (August 2015, Silver Stone Press). His...


How to Make a Book Trailer

Making a book trailer is no easy feat, but to stay competitive in a highly saturated book market, it needs to be done. Recently, Tara Lynne Groth of Write Naked found my book trailer on Google+ and contacted me about doing a interview. And afterwards, guess what? She bought the book! Book marketing is...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 322

For today’s prompt, write a little poem. That is, write a poem of 10 lines or fewer. If you normally write long poems, do so in the first draft. Then, start deleting lines. Don’t worry; you can always save the longer version on your computer (or in your notebook). ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...


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

**GIVEAWAY! Sasha is excited to give away a free free prize pack (including a Life From Scratch tote, signed book, recipe cards, and Nat Geo travel mug) to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Sasha Martin, author of debut memoir LIFE FROM SCRATCH, shares the 7 biggest lessons she has learned during her writing...


6 Tips for Switching Genres

Ask any author, agent, or editor—heck, ask the publishing house intern who fetches the coffee—and they’d all agree: the most important factor in writing (successfully) is finding one’s voice. After writing eighteen mysteries in three different series, I decided to pen a standalone mainstream novel—THE PARIS KEY—and though I knew my non-mystery voice had...

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18th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Thriller / Mystery / Suspense

UPDATE: Michelle Richter chose the winners: Sarah Diviney, Katherine Tomlinson, and Georgia. Congratulations to them, and thank you to all who entered this contest. ————————- Welcome to the 18th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal:...

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“How to Write & Sell Your Fantasy and Science Fiction Boot Camp” — Sept. 8 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/critique) by Agent Connor Goldsmith

There has never been a better time to be a sci-fi/fantasy author. With television shows like “Battlestar Galactica,” “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” each in turn becoming massive pop culture phenomena, and Marvel’s superhero films dominating the box office, SF/F has gone mainstream like never before. The SF/F literary marketplace has also become more...

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2015 October Platform Challenge: Guidelines

I’m excited to bring a new challenge to the There Are No Rules blog beginning on October 1, 2015: the 2015 October Platform Challenge! What is the 2015 October Platform Challenge? This challenge will help writers through the process of improving their writing platforms by providing one task to complete for each day of...