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


Can Foreigners Get Stamps for SASE's?

Q. Help! Please. I am in need of an agent. I know exactly who I want. He has been recommended to me by one of his former clients, who happens to be a very established writer. However, I am not sure that I will ever be able to query this agent. His submissions guidelines...

Sending Requested Work in Late

Q. I attended a writer’s conference where I had an opportunity to pitch an agent in hopes of getting feedback on my pitch letter, and also hopefully getting the agent interested in my novel. This agent gave me her business card and said she was interested in seeing my first three chapters – but...

Did Anyone See American Teen (the movie)?

Good movie. It’s a documentary that follows around four highschoolers during their entire senior year.  It’s essentially a real-life Breakfast Club, with a “princess,” an “artsy musician girl,” a “jock,” and a “band nerd.” I’ve been thinking about the movie all weekend.  Some of it fell flat, but Hannah’s storyline in particular (the girl...

READER QUESTION: Why shouldn't I write an "origin pilot?"

Hey, guys— First off, I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to E. Daniels and everyone else who submitted questions to Eric, our host at Reality Binge, for him to answer on his funny blog.  You can submit whenever you want, so please… keep ‘em coming! Secondly, wanted to take a few moments...

Poetry FAQs: Having what it takes to be a poet

Earlier this week, I received a long e-mail from an anonymous Poetic Asides reader who asked important questions I’m sure all poets have asked themselves at some point or another in their poetic development. Here’s some of the e-mail: “I want to put together a book of poetry. I have the subject already in mind....

Great Performances

Hey, everyone– Check out this webisode that was shot for Reality Binge, the talk/sketch show I’m working on for Fox Reality Channel.  (I’m the hot guy in the blue t-shirt, the one with the sledgehammer idea at the beginning.) Reality Binge: Mustache Stalker By the way, if you liked this, and have quick moment,...

Be San Fran's Next Poet Laureate!

Apparently, poet Jack Hirschman’s term has expired, and a new poet laureate for the city of San Francisco is sought. Read the full story at: http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_10189562?nclick_check=1. Nomination forms and even more poet laureate information are available at: http://sfpl.org/poetlaureate.htm. Deadline for nominations is August 28, 2008. If you’re eligible, best of luck to you.  

Writer's Digest TV: M.J. Rose

Hi Writers,It’s another visual aid bonus day here on the Writer’s Perspective! Here’s a short video interview with bestselling author and Writer’s Digest marketing columnist M.J. Rose, who knows more about marketing books than anyone I’ve ever met. She’s a true industry dynamo and visionary. Check her out here. Keep Writing,Maria

Setting Realistic Goals

One important thing to keep in mind as you market your work is to set realistic achievable goals for yourself. Having a “pie in the sky” dream is great, but make sure that you have a realistic plan for getting there. I’ve worked with authors who when I first talk with them want to...

Free Books for Funny People

Hi Writers,I wanted to let you all know that TOW Books, a humor book imprint here at F+W Media is offering free digital downloads of their books, including that of my favorite humorist, Jason Roeder who writes the Roeder Report for Writer’s Digest. If you’re not familiar with Jason, here’s one of his recent...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 015

Good morning! Did you have any crazy dreams last night? If so, you should consider turning them into a poem. Many poets keep dream journals, which they can refer to in times of writer’s block. And often, a dream sequence can be a poem in and of itself. For this week’s prompt, I want...

Give Your Characters A Personality Test!

Special thanks to Russell, a loyal reader who turned me on to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, as talked about recently on The Thinking Writer, film exec/producer Jon Deer‘s screenwriting site.  Basically, the Keirsey Sorter categorizes personalities into basic archetypes, and as Russell and Jon point out, it’s a great tool for thinking about your...

A Book You Should Read Right Now

Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob WalkerNormally my book recommendations fall heavily into the writing,  words, fiction-esque category (Richard Price) or the magazine writer  anthology category (David Samuels), which makes sense, because those  are the things I do, friends. And you are what you read/eat....

Can You Use Someone Else's Character in Your Book?

Q: Can I use a minor yet intriguing character from a famous work as the protagonist of my novel? I know it’s been done with novels like Wide Sargasso Sea, using Mrs. Rochester from Jane Eyre, but would a secondary character from a novel published before 1950 (yet still in print) also be allowed?—Anonymous...

Writer's Digest TV: Interview with David Baldacci

Hi Writers,If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending time with all the thriller writers at ThrillerFest 08, it’s that the adage, “write what you know” holds little merit. Here’s another short Q&A I did with David Baldacci, in which he discusses the merits of writing what you don’t know. Keep Writing, Maria

Synopsis in a Query?

Q. I’m not one of those scurrilous people in a movie theater who loudly announces the plot ending to the entire audience. But what’s best for a synopsis in a query letter? Should I include my ingenious plot twist at the end? Or should I provide intrigue so a literary agent will want to...

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The International Women’s Fiction Festival in Italy

I just got back from a vacation with some college buddies (a "man-cation" - my first) up in Put-in-Bay, which is an island on lake Erie not terribly far from Toledo or Detroit. I'm still trying to break out of vacation mode and start firing on all cylinders. But speaking of traveling, the more...

Poets Helping Poets: Software for Poets?

Recently, I asked for some feedback on possible software for poets at the request of a poet friend of mine. Personally, I still write poems out with a pen on paper before copying them over into Composition Notebooks. It’s super lo-tech, but it’s a system that works for me. Here’s what other poets had...

Using Free Content to Promote Yourself Online

Hi Writers, Sorry for the lapse in posts. I’ve had a lot of catch up work to do at work after being out of the office for some travel, and for a few days of vacation. But, I’m getting back in the swing of things. I just finished some work on a promotion for...

Wedding Recap!

Quick update: The wedding (between myself and Tammy Trendle–now Tammy Brewer) went very, very well on Friday. It was attended by my baby brother Simon (the stormchaser), my mom, an old friend of the family, and my grandmother. We were married by my grandmother’s boyfriend, who did a wonderful job. As luck–and a little skill on...

PITCH WORKSHOP: RESURRECTED… AND ENTRY #3

Hey, everyone— So, it’s been a while since we’ve visited or talked about the SCRIPT NOTES PITCH WORKSHOP, but I don’t want to let it fall through the cracks.  In fact, I’d like to revamp it a bit.  Originally, I’d proposed doing it in two or three-week stages: for a certain time period, readers...

I'm going to be teaching!

Some of you have asked over the past few months if I do or will teach any online courses. Well, after speaking with Joe Stollenwerk at www.writersonlineworkshops.com, I will start teaching some poetry courses online. My Fundamentals of Poetry Writing course will begin on 9/18 and it should kick butt. To learn more, including...

Writer's Digest TV: Sandra Brown

Hi Writers,Remember back last month when I was at ThrillerFest, the great writing conference/party thrown by the International Thriller Writers? Well, I got the chance to do some video interviews with a few thriller luminaries, including the amazing Sandra Brown. So here’s a a short (around 4 minutes) Q&A I did with Sandra, in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 014

My activity on the blog may (or may not) be limited between today’s and next week’s prompt, because I’m getting married to poet Tammy F. Trendle this weekend. So today’s prompt is obviously steered by that event. For this week, I want you to write a poem about marriage. It can be about your...

Contractions With Proper Nouns (Brian's a baseball Fan)

Q: I recently got into a grammar debate with my wife and would like you to settle things for us once and for all: Can you use contractions with a proper noun (“Jodie’s in charge” instead of “Jodie is in charge”)?—Benjamin W. A: There are two main reasons to use apostrophes: 1. to form...