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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


Exclusive Interview With Poet John Korn

Totally unrelated, but my oldest son is today 1 year older: That’s right, he’s 7 years old today. Go Benjamin! ***** Okay, I’ve known John Korn for a few years now through online social networks–we first met on MySpace. I’ve always enjoyed his words and his sincerity as a person. So when he mentioned he...

Book "Trailers" are all the rage

Hi Writers, As you probably know, online videos are extremely popular. Posting a video promo for you book on Youtube is a great way to generate some buzz about your book. Many of the authors I work with are creating video “trailers” for their books and posting links to them on their websites and...

I'm at ThrillerFest!

Hi Writers,I’m in New York reporting live from the Thrillerfest/Craftfest writing conference we’re sponsoring. There are so many famous writers here, it’s unbelievable. The first day of the conference was yesterday and I met Lee Child, James, Rollins, Eric Van Lustbader, Steve and Liz Berry, Kathleen Antrim and more. I’m getting ready to go...

Please Set Your Tivos!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to give you a heads up and ask you to please set your Tivos and VCR’s for tomorrow night… The comedy talk/sketch/variety show I’ve been writing for, Reality Binge, premieres tomorrow, July 10, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Fox Reality Channel.  Each week, we parody and poke fun...

You Can't Fake It

Have you ever heard advice to the tune of “If you don’t know, then fake it?” That advice only gets you so far. In today’s fast paced, over advertised environment, being honest will get you a lot farther than faking it. People are looking for things that are authentic and genuine… not looking for...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 010

While I was on vacation last week, I had the opportunity to run the world’s largest 10K road race in Atlanta, Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Along with 55,000 other runners and cheered on by more than 150,000 spectators, I jogged 6.2 miles in around 61 minutes in complete awe and amazement....

Creative Freelancer Conference

Attention Copywriters: there’s a lot of great info about ways to market your work as a freelancer on the schedule for this conference from HOW Books. Check out the sessions here.

Quotes Within Quotes

Q: When should I use single quotes instead of double quotes?—John Batson A: Double quotation marks signify the exact words of someone else speaking in your writing. Single quotation marks come into play when the person you’re quoting quotes someone or something else. Look at this example: “I’m irritated with Dad right now,” said...

From blog to book to The Today Show

(Hi everyone, as promised here is a guest post from Jennette Fulda, an author I met at a book festival a month or so ago. Her book Half-Assed is selling over 100 copies a week and she has some great insight for promoting your work through blogging. Enjoy! -s.) Hello, M-Word readers! I have stuffed...

Digital Voice Recorder Recommendations

Hi Writers,I’m all set to travel to New York tomorrow to cover the Thrillerfest writing conference. I’m going to be writing live from the conference on this blog as well as special show dailies for our e-newsletter subscribers (sign up via writersdigest.com if you’re interested.) Alas, as I’ve been preparing to be the ace...

And Then I Got A Job

Hello friends. I hope everyone celebrated the birth of our nation in  a timely, safe, and socio-economically green manner. I sat in 40 min  of post-fireworks traffic driving back from Wood’s Hole (Cape Cod!)  to Falmouth (Cape Cod!) on Friday night, which would’ve almost  completely sucked if not for the intrepid lyrical hegemony of...

Back from vacation and…

…it appears we had a server crash last week, tied to some power outage thing-a-ma-bob. Apparently, all the poems posted between Wednesday morning and Thursday around 7ish in the evening for the most recent poetry prompt have been wiped clean of the site. Totally bummed, because I read a lot of great stuff on...

Upcoming Film Festivals: July Edition

Hey, screenwriters & filmmakers– Once again, courtesy of MovieMaker magazine, here’s a list of upcoming film festivals and conferences.  Take a look… and also check out some of the great features at MovieMaker.com… Tickets are available for the ANGELUS STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL on Sept. 13! This festival honors future filmmakers as they create works...

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Agent Advice: Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents

This installment features Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Michael Larsen and Laurie McLean round out the agency, which was established in 1972. A member of the Association of Authors Representatives, Elizabeth Pomada cofounded the San Francisco Writers Conference and Writing for Change. She and Michael Larsen are frequently welcomed as...

A Few Moments with Diablo Cody

Hey, guys– Happy Fourth of July weekend!  I wanted to point you all to my interview with Diablo Cody, the Academy-Award-winning screenwriter of Juno, which appears in this month’s issue of Writers Digest.  Diablo was one of the most fun interviews I’ve done, and she’s got some terrific insights into screenwriting… take a look...

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My Adventures in Smith Mountain Lake…

Last week I got the chance to present for the Smith Mountain Lake Writers Group down in southwest Virginia (think near Roanoke). The talk drew in a decent crowd -- considering the holiday so close -- and attracted writers from several counties.

You Can Be a Radio Star

Okay… my headline is cheesy this morning, for sure. But, I was thinking about writing this topic and I just had that song “Video Killed the Radio Star” in my head—and now you can too as you read this (you’re welcome). So, for my own book, Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America, I did a...

New CD from WD

My workday is pretty standard: I spend 95% of it writing/editing and 5% trying to convince Maria to put my face on the next issue’s cover, to which she always says no. So when she asked me to post about our new CD, I wasn’t sure if I was the right pitchman for the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 009

I’m currently in the middle of a very nice vacation. And so, my mind is not too focused on work (the vacation is working). But we (my boys are with me) have had a lot of fun visiting with friends and family, playing outside, and reading (and writing) our own stories about bobcats. Today’s...

Exploring the Possiblities in Fiction

Hi Writers, Today I’m going to focus on the muse instead of the marketing, which I think, is important to do occasionally—after all, we’re all writers first and foremost, right? Working for a publisher people often ask me if I read all of the books that we publish. Now, please don’t be shocked… but the...

What's Considered Fair Use and What Isn't?

Q: Is it necessary to ask permission to reprint an article if the reprint is used in a strictly academic setting?—Anonymous A: Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107 of the U.S. code states that “the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies … for purposes such as criticism,...

A Taste of Pre-Nation Celebration Customer Service

While perusing the Interweb, I realized that a lot of successful  webhomes use surveys to conduct user feedback to finely tune their  content and figure out how many old “Threes Company” clips to post.  And since we–like the Web– are an ever-changing, ever-adapting  server of you, our reader, we want to get in on...

Reality Writers Unite!

Hey, TV writers (and writers of all stripes)… There was a great turnout at least week’s WGA meeting about organizing reality writers… and there’s another meeting this week.  If you’re interested in attending– or have questions– please RSVP or contact Jayson Pope.  Here’s all the info… WHEN:   Wednesday, July 2, 8:00 p.m.WHERE:  Writers Guild,...