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


Monday Morning Musings

Hi writers, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I spent mine working on a few odd jobs around the house (fixing our leaky kitchen faucet, mowing the grass, cleaning up the house) and my wife and I took our dog to the lake to play in the water. It was very relaxing. It...

Poetry FAQs: Editing Your Poetry

TanyaB–one of my friends on Facebook–recently sent me some poetry-related Q’s she’d like addressed on the blog. One series (of three) had to do with editing. So, I’m going to list the questions below and try to answer them the best I can. Any blog readers who have a different take are more than...

Great "Wall-E" Lesson!

Hey, screenwriters– If you haven’t seen this yet, this morning’s New York Times website has a great little video segment with Andrew Stanton, the writer/director of Wall-E, which opens today.  You can watch a full scene from the movie, then click on the “commentary” bar, where Stanton explains how the filmmakers blend the technical...

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New Agency Alert: Straus Literary 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. Nonfiction areas of interest: biography,...

A WD Editor's Agent Notes from NYC

Writer’s Digest magazine editor Maria Schneider was recently up in New York City accompanying the grand-prize winners of the WD Annual Writing Competition. The big winners get a trip to Manhattan to meet with several agents, who they can schmooze with and pitch.  How cool is that? Maria came back with some notes (in...

Random stuff overheard from New York literary agents

Hi Writers,Sorry for the lame headline. I’m putting the October issue of Writer’s Digest to bed and my clever headline writing capacity is shot. But I wanted to share some of the notes I kept during my recent trip to New York to accompany our annual competitions winners to meet agents (see posts below)....

Setting Expectations

Lisa Lenard-Cook, author of the award winning novels Dissonance and Coyote Morning has some good advice about getting the most out of writing-related events such as conferences, seminars and workshops in her recent fiction writing book The Mind of Your Story. She says, “make a list of what you want from anything writing-related you might attend, and...

Shady poetry contest update!

Here’s a link to a piece on a supposedly shady poetry contest: “Shady poetry contest gets religion,” by Bill Chapin from mlive.com ***** Here’s an experience of my own from way back in high school: http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/Im+Coming+Out+Of+The+Closet.aspx ***** If you’re not sure what a shady poetry contest might be, please read both pieces and educate yourself....

Happy Birthday!

The Poetic Asides blog is one year old today! Click here to read the introductory post for the blog. I still remember getting excited about doing a poetry blog when Writer’s Digest editor Maria Schneider put an internal call out for bloggers here at F+W. And who better to start it with than then-editor of...

Being Concise

Do you ever start to tell someone a story and realize that your giving way too much back information? I have a tendency to do exactly that. When promoting yourself its important to be concise. In today’s world people are impatient (especially the media), so it’s a good idea to get your point across...

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Agent Advice: Julie Hill of Julie Hill & Assoc.

This installment features Julie Hill of Julie A. Hill and Assoc., LLC. Julie's specialty is nonfiction. She is seeking: nonfiction in the following subjects: Reference, Biography, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Science. Send all submissions via snail mail. Never send a complete ms unless requested.

Alegra Clarke on her New York trip to meet agents

Hi Writers,I asked our annual competition winner, Alegra Clarke (see posts below) for some decompression notes from her New York trip to meet agents and she sent me this lovely little essay. She’s promised to send me updates on her progress in selling her novel and I’ll post future updates here. Here’s Alegra: My...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 008

Back in the “good old days” of writing for creative writing courses in college, I found myself learning and becoming obsessed with form and structure–both in my poetry and my fiction writing. In fact, I became so enamored with form and structure that sometimes I tried forcing words into a structure without any cares...

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Verna Dreisbach Opens Dreisbach Literary

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. Literary agent Verna Dreisbach, an...

Remember, You're the Expert

Everyone has a different way of presenting themselves to the media whether your goal is to be authoritative or entertaining. The main thing to keep in mind is to present yourself as an expert on your subject, whether you think you are or not. To be an expert, you don’t have to be the...

What Are First Serial Rights (or FNASR)?

Q: When working out a contract with a magazine, what are first serial rights?—Anonymous A: When you sell first serial rights to a newspaper, magazine or periodical for a piece of work you’ve written, that media outlet has the right to be the first place to publish the article/story/ poem. After the piece runs,...

What To Do When They Don't Want 'Unsolicited Manuscripts'

Q. I have recently completed a manuscript for a children’s book.  I have looked online for publishing companies to send the manuscript.  All the publishers I contacted said they do not except “unsolicited” manuscripts.  I came across the Guide to Literary Agents website looking for direction.  Do you have any suggestions on how to...

Be Realistic. It's a Tough Market Right Now.

Talked to agent Andrea Hurst yesterday and the conversation turned to the current state of the market.  According to Andrea, things are tough out there.  The publishing business is in no way immune to the recession going on and it’s difficult to sell books. To paraphrase her: How good are a new author’s chances...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #2

Hey, screenwriters— Thought we’d take another look at one of the entries in the SCRIPT NOTES ONLINE PITCH WORKSHOP.  Thanks to all of you who have submitted… and please—keep ‘em coming.  I’m happy to hold off on moving to Phase 2 (paragraph descriptions) if more people want to post stuff. Also, do me a...

Come to Thriller Fest!

Hi Writers,I’m psyched about an upcoming conference we’re co-sponsoring especially for thriller writers: Thriller Fest 2008. It’s July 9-12 in New York. Sandra Brown is the Thriller Master this year and will be delivering a keynote speech. I’m getting the chance to interview Brown, as well as Brad Thor, M.J. Rose, David Baldacci and...

On Mad Men: The Greatest Show for Writers Since, Well, You Know

Generally speaking, this blog is about the writing world, and the writing world is a large entity not just made up of books, magazines, and creepily specific dream journals. Within the confines of said blog, I try and talk about anything in that whole new world associated, connected to or living with good writing...

Calling All SW Virginia Writers!

I will be presenting to the Smith Mountain Lake Writers Group the night of Wednesday, July 2, 2008. That's right -- I'll be in "the jewel of the blue ridge mountains." Smith Mountain Lake is somewhat close to Roanoke (southeast of it) and not terribly far from Greensboro, N.C., if you're trying to place...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Joseph Mills

A-ha! Here’s an interview with a poet who participated in the April PAD Challenge and wrote his first ever sestina as a result. As Joseph Mills, author of Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers (Press 53, 2008), comments, “It was smart of you (meaning me, of course) to put that towards the end since by then...

Day 22 Highlights

On Earth Day, I asked poets to write either a poem about nature or industry; many poets chose to write about both. Here are the ones that caught my eye. *****   A Haze over Holland   A haze over Holland looks yellow and gray. It comes from machines of this modern day. Those...