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 Cris Freese
The GLA blog keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences. 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 the Guide to Literary Agents 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


How I Found My Agent: Marisha Chamberlain

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

Agent Sara Crowe's Call for Young Adult Submissions

Sara Crowe, an agent with Harvey Klinger, Inc, recently posted an in-depth post concerning exactly what she looks for in a young adult submission.  Fascinating stuff, considering this is exactly the kind of thing writers need to see to pinpoint the best fits for their work. Here’s some example text from the post: “I am...

Looking for Your Feedback: What Do Established Writers Need?

One of the biggest criticisms or complaints about Writer’s Digest (usually the magazine) is that it’s for wannabes, and that after a few years, the advice/information either becomes repetitive or irrelevant, especially for someone who works at the professional level. I’ve been daydreaming about how to develop a new periodical that would offer information...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 10/30/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Check out new Twitter lists: List of Tweeps most often included in weekly Best Tweets for Writers (always...

Cover Band Soap Opera: 'Alive' by Pearl Jam

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up of us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing...

No Time for A Novel in a Month? How About a Literary Journal Challenge?

They’re “The best of the mysterious, elusive things,” they’re “A gateway to discovering your next favorite writer,” they can be “frequently dull, pretentious, willfully obscure,” they’re “Vital to the survival of modern literature” and they’re “Not read enough.” Or at least that’s what the editors of some literary journals said in our roundup of...

Flannery O'Connor: Five for Friday

Flannery O’Connor was the first great writer to be educated in an MFA program.  I learned this Wednesday night in my literature seminar (I passed in that 10 page paper, by the way. It ended up being 12). She studied at Iowa under the instruction of Paul Engle. In the introduction to The Complete...

The Battle of Resistance

This is a guest post from monthly contributor and storytelling genius Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. The photo above shows Darrelyn’s youngest son, Jesse, emerging from battle to hand his mommy a pink crayon and a gardenia on his first birthday on May 28, 1987. (For more great stories from Darrelyn, click on...

Poetry Inspires

   Rita Dove, an American poet and author said, “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.”  I think, as fiction writers (or writers of any sort for that matter) it is important to ingest as much of this form as possible.  There’s all this: the beauty of the language, the imagery,...

The Day I Picked Up a Hitchhiker

Risk more than others think is safe.Care more than others think is wise.Dream more than others think is practical.Expect more than others think is possible. —Claude Bissell There’s a story I love to tell in the presence of The Conductor, because it upsets him so much (in a cute way). When I was 17,...

READER QUESTION: Are screenwriting contests a waste of time?

Thanks to Elaine Luddy Kionicki for today’s question, which she asked in response to Sunday’s post about Scriptapalooza.  Elaine writes: Hey Chad. Most screenwriting books say that contests are a waste of time and money, and you’ve said in a previous post that contests rarely pay off, but it sounds like you’re endorsing this...

The Age-Old Battle Between Author & Publisher

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author. —Charles Caleb Colton Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. —A. A. Milne...

What Every Blogger Should Know (Plus Prompt)

Blogging. Some professional writers loathe it, regarding it as a cheapening of their art. Others adore it, and do it for the sheer love of the instant form. Some accept it as a necessary evil in a platform development often key to securing a book deal. Others do it for the joy of broadcasting...

How to Get an Agent’s Attention (SCWW Guest Post)

Eleven agents attended the SCWW conference and four participated in the panel discussion “What Gets Our Attention.” They didn't mention fun things like serving them mashed potatoes in the buffet line or skywriting your query over lovely Myrtle Beach. Instead, they gave us simple advice, a great reminder that it’s not really rocket science. This...

The Story Chooses Us

Yesterday was a rough day. A rough writing day. It was one of those days when you write a sentence, erase that sentence, write another sentence, erase that sentence, and on and on and on. I would begin a story, but I couldn’t move forward. I was stuck. It was as if my body,...

Writing & Publishing: More Than a Patience Game

My partner in crime, The Conductor, recently forwarded me the following, from an interview with Lost Producer Damon Lindelof: In today’s film and television industries it seems like there are far fewer writers willing to take risks for originality’s sake. What advice do you have for aspiring writers who are passionate about a particular...

Get Involved With the GLA Blog!

Well do ya want to get involved?  Huh huh dooya dooya?  The GLA blog is a well-trafficked site and there are different ways you can get involved if you’re feeling saucy.  Remember, if you want to contribute, contact me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we will talk. ———- 1. Been to a conference recently?  Guest blog! ...

My Adventures in Myrtle Beach …

Got back recently from the South Carolina Writers' Workshop, a big ol' conference down in Myrtle Beach. One of the first things I did when I got there was run on the beach. So. Awesome. Being from Ohio, I never take beach time for granted.

Agent Elaine Spencer Talks Queries

Elaine Spencer joined The Knight Agency in September, 2005. Elaine belongs to the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She is actively building her client list, and is currently accepting submissions of the following types of books: commercial literary fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, high-concept...