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


Are Emmy's Writing Awards Inaccurate?

Hey, guys– just wanted to let you all know about a piece I have in today’s issue of Variety about the Emmy‘s “Outstanding Writing” category… and whether or not it’s fair and accurate.  Take a look… and lemme know if you think the Emmys’ process is fair, accurate, or dead-on! Click HERE to read…...

Center for Fiction Writers Conference: June 27

Ron Hogan of Galleycat has been working to put together a new writers conference with the Center for Fiction in New York—a conference that deals specifically with the issues that writers face AFTER they’ve created a great story and found an agent and publisher. As you’ve often heard me say, it’s as important for...

Back to the Futurama

Hey, guys– If you’re a fan of Matt Groening and David Cohen‘s Futurama, which was canceled by FOX six years ago, check out this Hollywood Reporter article, hot off the press… Comedy Central has picked up the series, and new episodes will begin debuting next year! You might also like:No Related Posts

Hung Up on the Hangover!

Hey, guys– Thanks to Brian, who pointed out this great article on Nikki Finke‘s Deadline Hollywood Daily about how The Hangover came to be written… it’s a pretty fun story– check it out! You might also like:No Related Posts

Bi-annual vs. Biennial

Q: What’s the difference between bi-annual and biennial?—Anonymous A: I see these words treated as if they were interchangeable—most often by marketing departments—but they aren’t. And marketing departments should be extra cautious, as misusing these two words could cost them quite a bit of money. “Bi-annual” means twice a year, or two times within...

Does Talent Eventually Get Discovered?

Many writers attend conferences to pitch their work to industry professionals, and nowhere is that more true than at our BEA event that we held on May 27, where more than 400 writers showed up to participate in our Pitch Slam with 70+ agents/editors. One of the writers in attendance, Lystra Pitts (also an...

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How I Got My Agent: Jennifer Lawler

"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...

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My Conference Adventures in Wyoming…

Just got back from the 2009 Wyoming Writers Annual Conference in Casper, WY. Good conference! Attendance was up this year and almost all of the writers I met were very passionate about what they were doing. It's almost energizing to be among writers who just love to write.

Talking Agent Queries With Wendy Burt-Thomas

I was fortunate enough to talk recently with “Query Queen” Wendy Burt-Thomas, who authored the new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters. To learn more about Wendy or her three books, visitwww.GuideToQueryLetters.com.  Below you will find some helpful Q&A with Wendy about sending queries to agents. GLA: Regarding queries to agents, when...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/5/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday 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 Essential for writer: Interview with HarperCollins editor, part 1 & part...

Re-Query an Agent About the Same Project?

Q. Under what conditions, if any, can a writer approach a particular agent more than once with the same project? How much of the original concept, platform, etc., has to change to warrant a second query? A: It would have to be a substantial change in order to warrant another attempt.  I see writers...

Writer's Digest Editors' Intensive Event: June 20-21

The next Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive Event will be held here inCincinnati at our Writer’s Digest headquarters, June 20-21, 2009. These special intensives, held four times per year, invite writers to come in and get personal attention for both them and their manuscript.  After a full day of presentations and sessions on Saturday, you...

Getting Canceled: Terminator-Style

So, I’m not sure how many of you are/were fans of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which was recently canceled by FOX (personally, I LOVED the first season and Tivoed most of the second, but haven’t watched it yet), but either way… You have to read this blog post from Josh Friedman, one of...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Preston's psychological thriller

Hey, folks– Today’s Pitch Workshop submission comes from Preston in Chicago, who’s working on a screenplay and wants us to– these are his words, not mine, I swear!– “rip [his] work apart” so he can “fix it right” and “become the next Diablo Cody.” All right, Preston– you asked for it.  Folks… here’s Preston’s...

What Does It Take for a Blog to Become a Book?

I find myself advising writers more and more frequently to develop an online presence first—sometimes by blogging—before attempting to get a book published. Some types of content simply work better online, or when you’re engaging in real time with a community. Online platforms allow you to test ideas, develop your readership, and craft a...

Everything You Need to Know About Self-Publishing (Sort of)

In the March/April 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, our staff collaborated on a feature package that explains in plain English the hows and whys of self-publishing. Our goal: To be fair and honest about the advantages and disadvantages. While the print issue has great visuals to help you understand the options available, we’ve...

Persistence Doesn't Matter If You Make This Common Mistake

I’ve talked with thousands of talented writers over the years, and nearly all unpublished writers have 1 thing in common that trips them up, every time. They rush to submit their work before it’s ready or before they are ready—especially those writers who are fresh with the excitement of having just completed their very...

Wanna Sell Your Spec Pilot?…

Hey, everyone– If you missed it a few months ago… I’m teaching another “Writing the TV Pilot” seminar in Los Angeles this month, and I hope you can all make it!  Spec pilots are selling like hot cakes these days… Matthew Weiner‘s Mad Men on AMC was a spec pilot… and so was Sons...

Where Can Authors Find Contract Forms?

Q: My co-author and I have been asked to provide a collaboration agreement to our agent.‑ Where can‑we find a template for creating this document?—Michele A: Templates for author contracts can be found in Tad Crawford’s Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers (Allworth Press). It’s a great resource for finding all the...

Recap of 2009 BEA/WD Writers Conference

We had another amazing year at our writers conference hosted in conjunction with BookExpo America. Here are a few places you can find reaction and summaries: LA Splash has the most comprehensive take on the event, and offers insight into several of the sessions, as well as the writers attending. And there’s a photo...

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Agent Advice: Jennifer Weltz of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

This installment features Jennifer Weltz of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. Seeking and submissions: She specializes in compelling historicals and thrillers that stand out from the crowd as well as women’s fiction with a taste of the unusual and an emotional tug. She also works with middle grade and picture books where...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Erica's Feedback

Hey, guys— Wanted to respond to Erica’s Pitch Workshop Submission from a few weeks ago… sorry this is a little late, Erica! Here’s Erica’s logline and synopsis: LOGLINE:“When the romantically inept son of Dracula travels to New York to find a powerful amulet, he finds he must learn the art of seduction to coax...