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


WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ChadGervich.com

Hey, everyone– My website, ChadGervich.com, is finally up and running… so please swing by and check it out!  You’ll find info about me (news, upcoming events and classes, etc.)… but you’ll also find some amazing resources for aspiring TV writers… •  Job-hunting links and websites•  Network, studio, and agency info•  The best industry news...

An Unconventional Cure for Writer's Block

It’s a quiet week in the WD office, with many people already taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. So it’s hard to muffle our giggles over Write or Die, a tongue-in-cheek site spotted by one of my esteemed colleagues. The first sentence says it all: “Write or Die is a web application that...

When an Agent Leaves an Agency…

Q. As a rule, when an agent leaves an agency, does she take her client list with her? Or is the author a property of the agency?        – Lori A. The clients go with her.  You see this all the time.  An agent will begin at one place, and then either move to...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Today starts our final week of this challenge. So, appropriately, I want you to write a hopeless or blues poem. We’re almost there, which is reason to celebrate, as well as reason to get the blues.   Here’s my attempt for the day:   “Tokyo insurance blues”   Got a brand new home stepped...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Today’s prompt is to write a poem that I’m calling the “Been Everywhere” poem. If you’re doing locations, it would be a poem that gives a shout out to all the places you’ve been. This can be made metaphorical, though.   For instance, if you’re writing poems about cancer, you could write a poem...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For a collection (whether poetry, music, or whatever), I really like it when the individual pieces communicate with each other. So, for today’s poem, I want you to pick one of your earlier poems from this month and write a poem that is a response to that earlier poem.   To make it very...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

Three weeks! I can’t believe how fast this month is moving. Wow! Today, I want you to write a confessional poem. And then, get to enjoying your weekend. Here’s my attempt for the day: “Kong in the Congo” And that’s why I never climb trees anymore. I mean, after you fake your death once,...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

So today is when we try to complete an experiment in poetry collection writing. On Day 3, I asked you to write a refrain poem that would be a shorter version of the poem you would write on Day 20. Well, it’s Day 20, so let’s see if this works. Of course, it has...

Is Fiction More Powerful Than Truth?

Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded how influential writers really are. Fiction can be more effective at explaining global issues than factual reports, according to a recent study by a team from Manchester University and the London School of Economics. Read more about it here. The study says that books like Khaled Hosseini’s The...

Open WGA Meeting This Week: Reality & Game Show Writers Unite!

Hey, everyone– As you know, I’ve been a vocal supporter and cheerleader of the Writers Guild‘s efforts to organize reality and unscripted (ha!) TV.  This isn’t a cause that concerns only reality writers… it’s a fight for the rights of writers in all mediums.  SO… Tomorrow night, the WGA is holding an open introductory...

How Long Is Your Wish List?

Hi, Writers, Jessica here, filling in for Jane while she’s out of the office for a couple of weeks. When she asked me to guest blog here on There Are No Rules, my first question was about to be, “What would you like me to blog about?” Then I remembered There Are No Rules,...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

A week ago, I had you write a poem focused on a tiny detail. Today, I want you to write a poem that shows the big picture. You can still get very specific, but I want you to try incorporating a big picture concept related to your theme. For instance, if you’re writing war...

Is It Nonfiction or Fiction or Memoir or … ?

Q. I want to write a story about my life (very unusual circumstances), but I can’t completely recall all the details with regard to signifigant events: What day was my son taken away from me?  What day did my daughter’s father tell me he was arrested by the organized crime unit for being a...

If One Agent Says No, Does the Whole Agency Say No?

Q. Many agents make certain stipulations that, rightly or wrongly, one assumes to be common to them all, creating a great deal of confusion for the newcomer.        These stipulations include: 1) A query must be addressed to an agent by name; they do not like the impersonal dear agent approach. 2) Do not...

How Long is a Novella? And How Do You Query Agents For Them?

Q. What is the average length of a novella?  And is it’pitched’ to literary agents the same way novels are ‘pitched’?         – Gene A. Novellas generally run 20,000-50,000 words.  About 30,000 words is average.  While this number of words would be very common when pitching a nonfiction text, such a length reminds...

Should I Use The Chicago Manual of Style for my Book?

Q: In my writing I strictly follow the rules in The Chicago Manual of Style. For example, in a sentence joined with an “and,” I place a comma after the last word before the “and” when the first part of the sentence is a complete sentence. I have received a rejection with the first...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

So after today’s poem, we’ll be three-fifths of the way through this November challenge. That’s pretty impressive. And, as has been noted by several of you, it’s not just the quantity of writing that’s been amazing about November; it’s also the quality. Oh yeah! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a point-of-view...

The New New(ish) Thing

The weather in Boston has finally re-arrived at cold, a situation that always feels like it’s right around the corner, even in July when I’m writing outside in my sports bra and cut off jean shorts summer bathrobe. As I type, I can almost see my breath, and I have no idea how to...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Wow! Are we really 17 days into this challenge? It just doesn’t seem possible that time would be moving so fast, but I guess it’s been so much fun that the time has been flying. Again, wow. Today’s prompt is to write a love poem. This may or may not gel with some poets’...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

Every once in a while, I like to offer these title prompts where you fill in the blanks on a title. For instance, I want you to write a poem today with a title that is: “If It (blank), It (blank)” So an example title might be: “If It (Hangs From the Ceiling), It...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

Did you sleep well last night? That’s too bad, because I want you to write a nightmare poem today. You could write an actual nightmare, or present a nightmare scenario related to your theme. Here’s my attempt for the day: “The closet” He wakes up screaming, “Mommy, mommy!They’re coming for me again. The alienswere...

5 Tips for Your Writing Career in a Difficult Time

Over at Writers on the Rise, I’m interviewed about the changes happening in the media industry. Here’s a brief snippet, but click the link for the 5 tips: Writers must be involved with online life and expect to provide online content, and have an online presence. I’d say your career will come to an...