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


April PAD Challenge: Day 6

All right, folks! After today, we’ll be 20% of the way through this challenge! And you’re all kicking some major booty, because I think y’all posted as many poems through the first 5 days as we did in all of April last year. Great job, and let’s keep at it! For today’s poem, I...

April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Whew! I’m tired. Was up until 4-ish this morning (driving home to Georgia from Ohio); tried posting around then; but the site was acting all funky. Now, on 3 hours sleep, I’m hoping my spelling is okay. 🙂 It’s Sunday! Yay! Five days in and still kicking!   For today’s prompt, I want you...

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Hope you’re having a good weekend! For today’s prompt, I want you to pick an animal; make that animal the title of your poem; then, write a poem. You could be very general with your animal title (“Bees” or “Lion”) or specific (“Flipper” or “Lassie”). You could even be very silly with something like...

Has Publishing Gone Nuts? Interview This Sunday

This Sunday at 4p EST, I’ll be on the air with Wordsmitten‘s Kate Sullivan, who interviews someone from the publishing industry each week on her radio show. You can listen here via BlogTalkRadio.(Also, stay up-to-date at Twitter: @wordsmitten) The WordSmitten “About the Books” radio broadcast (and podcast) has been nominated for the 2009 Gracie...

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Agent Advice: Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary

This installment features Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC. She is seeking: Fiction areas of interest: Single Title Romance (Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense), Women's Lit (must have a strong hook), Young Adult, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, Medical or Legal Fiction (something that hasn't been done before), Literary Fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest: We...

10 Things NOT to Do in a Query

My awesome coworker, Alice Pope, recently posted 10 Helpful Tips on Writing Query Letters on her blog.  The catch?  It was April Fools’ – so the tips are helpful, but only if you don’t do them.  Check out her full post here.  Alice Pope’s (April Fools’ Day) Tips:         1) DO opt for...

Agent Donald Maass Talks Originality and Craft

Donald Maass is one of the most well-known, successful agents out there.  He’s ghostwritten books, written other books about writing books, and sold a bazillion novels to publishers.  He’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to writing and publishing. That’s why I got excited when, several months ago, Therese over at Writer Unboxed...

AgentFail! – and QueryFail II: Queries Never Die

You probably remember Queryfail, where editors and agents Twittered in real time for a whole day as they attacked their slush pile or unsolicited queries.  Well, Queryfail II is set for April 17.  Check out Colleen Lindsay’s Swivet blog or more info on Queryfail II: Queries Never Die. In other cool news, over at...

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

The response has been so amazing that I now have all my blog comment notifications filtered into a folder in my Outlook. Isn’t that great?!? Something else that is great is that once we finish today’s poem, we’ll have made it 10% through the challenge (that’s right, I threw out a statistic on a...

Thanks for a great turnout!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out Tuesday night for the Small Screen, Big Picture seminar and pitch panel at Barnes & Noble here in L.A.  There were a ton of Script Notes readers there… some familiar faces and some great newbies… and it was wonderful to see...

Interview With Poet Denise Duhamel

(Note to prompt-hungry poets: This is not a prompt; please don’t mistakenly post your poems for prompts into the comments of this blog post.) Okay, so I know everyone’s busy with writing poems for the April PAD Challenge and reading everyone else’s poems, but I’ve got a great interview with a great poet burning...

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Completely and utterly flabbergasted; that’s right–flabbergasted! You’re all so great. This challenge feels like it’s gone from being a house party to a block party–for poets no less. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that y’all rock! Today, I want you to write an outsider poem. You can be the outsider; someone else...

Spinoff Contest Winners!

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who entered Script Notes‘ first-ever writing contest and sent in their TV spinoff ideas!  There were some hilarious entries… some disturbing entries… and some downright baffling entries… but all of them were a blast to read! As you probably know, the winner of the contest will...

Announcing a Brand-New Market Book!

NEW this year from Writer’s Digest Books!Plagiarist’s MarketISBN: 0807504041 It’s time to turn a stereotype on its head. Plagiarism: It’s often cited as an example of what not to do in the writing craft, but sometimes it’s not all that bad—in fact, sometimes it’s downright lucrative. In this new market guide, WD brings an...

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Wow! It looks like we’ve got even more International participation than last year, and even the North American participants are chomping at the bit. In realization that much of the world is essentially a day ahead of me, I’m going to extend the challenge deadline to May 1 at noon (EST), instead of April 30 at...

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Agent Advice: Meredith Kaffel of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency

This installment features Meredith Kaffel of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. She is seeking: “or children’s books, my first love is YA. And my YA tastes run the gamut from the highly literary (especially fish out of water tales, outsider stories told teetering from the edge, high concept novels taking on themes with gravity, up-market...

Free Online PDF Guides: Online Marketing

Today Alice Pope & I gave a webinar on how authors/writers can effectively market and promote online. (Thanks to everyone who joined us today!) For webinar attendees as well as those who didn’t join us, I’d like to share the following resources that are useful for both beginners and advanced writers. Penguin Authors Guide...

What's the difference between self-publishing and print-on-demand (POD)?

Q: What’s the difference between self-publishing and print on demand (POD)? Is one better than the other? —Rachele LaBello A: With self-publishing, a company generally charges you an upfront fee (roughly between $500 and $1,000) and then does print-runs, or large orders, just like a traditional publishing house. You pay the cost of your...

Poetry Writing Titles on Sale Through April

Our eCommerce Marketing Manager just let me know this morning that all our poetry-related Writer’s Digest Books will be on sale through the month of April. All our poetry writing books will be marked down at least 20% during the month (no offer code needed) and orders that exceed $25 get free U.S. shipping...

April PAD Challenge 2009: Rules & Blah-blah-blah

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)–tomorrow is when April begins, which means tomorrow is when the Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge begins! (Oh yeah!) Last night, I gathered some rules and answers to some frequently asked questions. Here they are: The low down on the April PAD Challenge: The Challenge starts...

Useful Google Tools You've Never Heard Of

I stumbled upon the following just today:57 Useful Google Tools for Scholars, Students, and HobbyistsA few highlights (go to the blog post for click-thru links): Picasa. This Google program makes it easy to manage your photos online and off. Users can download a photo editing and management program to their desktops which makes it...

The Risk of Innovation

I’ve been silent this past week due a company off-site innovation summit in Iola, Wisconsin (the headquarters of Krause Publications, a division of F+W Media). As part of this off-site, I presented a success story from the Writer’s Digest community related to our webinar series that launched in January 2009. (P.S. Next one happens...