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


What to Charge for Online Writing

Q: Do you have any suggestions on compensation for writing online? –Jillian L. A: Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer for this question. While there is pay for online writing, there isn’t much. Worse yet, it’s often hard to come by unless you are an expert in a field that lacks experts...

how to write a romance novel | story ideas

Page 1: How to Start Your Romance Novel

Page One: Where to Start You should be able to convincingly answer the question, Why does page one pick up the story at the moment it does? The best beginnings show—within the first few pages or even paragraphs—the main characters under pressure and facing a challenge, a change in circumstances, or a...

Self-Publishing: A Different Game in the UK Market

I received the following note from Jeremy Thompson from Troubador in response to my post about the 3 Self-Publishing Paths You Should Understand. For my UK readers, I felt it important to share. I encourage comments from UK writers on the issue. Dear Jane, I read your WD piece on the...

Agent Advice: Alex Glass of Trident Media Group (Part II)

This installment features Alex Glass of Trident Media Group. Alex came to Trident as Chairman Robert Gottlieb's assistant in 2001 and was promoted to literary agent shortly thereafter. He has a BA in political science from Johns Hopkins and an MFA in creative writing from American University, and has worked in...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/27/09)

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. Best of Best Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket By Writing Only One...

The “Gladiator” Synopsis

This time it's Gladiator. A story like this is big and bold, so you have to keep it moving. You can't spend too much time detailing historical locations or anything like that. Garden variety example: Before Maximus meets Commodus in the Colosseum, he is reenacting a specific battle from the past....

Band Soap Operas: Tales of My Old Originals Band…

I’m going to briefly put the continuing ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band on hold for a second to rewind band life a bit. My roots in music go back as far as I want to remember, starting with high school band from grades 7-12 (band geek the whole nine). Now...

Agent Advice: Alex Glass of Trident Media Group (Part I)

This installment features Alex Glass of Trident Media Group. Alex came to Trident as Chairman Robert Gottlieb's assistant in 2001 and was promoted to literary agent shortly thereafter. He has a BA in political science from Johns Hopkins and an MFA in creative writing from American University, and has worked in...

How I Got My Agent: Kristyn Crow

"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,...

Top 50 Movies of the Decade… or Not?

Time Out New York has posted their list of 50 movies that “mattered” over the last decade.  Take a look, see what you think… http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/film/80947/the-tony-top-50-movies-of-the-decade/2.html My two cents?… terrible list.  I don’t know what their criteria was, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be the “best” movies… and I’m not sure...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lynnda Ell

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Lynnda Ell. Lynnda Ell is a...

A lot of words meaning thanks

  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I just wanted to say thank you for all the kind, encouraging comments many of you left for me. My creative well is slowly beginning to fill again… I am excited to head to the beach this evening where the pace is always slower, where one can...

The 3 Self-Publishing Paths You Should Understand

Since Monday’s post, a few writers have been informing me that self-publishing ought to be free, or close to it. To underscore their point, they point to services like Lulu (no upfront cost for uploading and selling an e-book if it’s completely ready to go), or Lightning Source, which the traditional...

Stay the Course: Notes from The Literary Writers Conference

  I had the chance to attend The LWC} NYC (Literary Writers Conference)* this past weekend which was cosponsored and held at The New School in Greenwich Village. This conference brought together writers, publishers, and agents. There were some excellent panels:  Rejection, Revision, Resubmission; Publishing in Lit Magazine; Literary Agents 101;...

New Agent Alert: Jennifer Lawler at The Salkind Agency

Editor's Note: As of December 2010, Jennifer no longer appears on the agency website. Do not query her. Reminder: Newer agents 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...

Harlequin's Self-Publishing Venture: Is It the Future of Publishing?

As I observed the writing community’s reaction to Harlequin Horizons last week, I felt incredible sympathy for the people at Harlequin. It appears they’ve been blind-sided by vitriolic outrage from all sides—unpublished writers, published authors, writers organizations, industry professionals. For those who aren’t familiar with the story yet, Harlequin announced a...

24 Agents Who Want Your Work

Every year, Writers Digest asks me to assemble a short list of agents who are actively seeking new work from writers.  (I call it “The List.”)  Well, The List came out in the Oct. 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest.  But it is now online for all to see.  It’s a special...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/20/09)

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. Best of Best 4 mistakes commonly made by beginning writers (by Caro Clarke) @inkyelbows 24...

Agent Advice: Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media

This installment features Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media. Peter has more than 15 years of publishing experience. He has worked as an active agent for more than ten of those years and served as Rights Director for two literary agencies. Peter studied creative writing, journalism, and literature at Virginia...