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


My Girls

Hey All, No Q this week due to the wonderful birth of my second daughter over the weekend. Mom and baby are doing great, and my oldest daughter couldn’t be more excited to have a sister (mainly because we’re letting her watch more Dora than usual). I’m a little sleep deprived, so I’m afraid...

April PAD Challenge: Day 7

After we finish today’s poem, we’ll be a full week into April. Go us! Today is our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt of the month. On these days, I offer two prompts. Don’t worry: You don’t need to write a poem for each prompt (but you’re more than welcome to if you feel up...

On Twitter, Technology, and Lady Internette

I, friends, am not tech savvy. Yes, technically I have a blog, which, in 2002, would’ve very nearly made me a candidate for some venture capital cash money, but this is the same blog that took an entire tech team a week to explain to me how to get the ghosts of web pages...

Hard-Core Tactics for Authors Developing Audience

My previous post was a pre-answer to the following question (which appeared in the comments of this other post): Thank you for the webinar, which gave me some ideas where to begin to increase my visibility and improve my website. I have published two history/biography books. I get comments from publishers saying “a valuable...

Around the WD Properties: 4-6-2009

Here are some cool thingsgoing on aond Writer’s Digest: Webinar: How to Deciper and Negotiate Your Contract               This is a very practical webinar for anyone out there flying solo without an agent.  Set for Thursday, April 23, it will focus on common contract red flags, the differences between a traditional publishing...

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing Workshop

If you want a way to continue the poetry beyond April, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com is now taking registrations for its Fundamentals of Poetry Writing workshop. The online course begins April 23 (registration closes April 30) and will be taught by published writer Joyce Ferman Wells. The course consists of six sessions and costs $350. Plus, those...

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...