Writing Editor Blogs

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


Questions & Quandaries
by Brian Klems

Don’t know the difference between “who” and “whom”? Facing an ethical dilemma about accepting gifts from subjects? Let the informative (and humorous) columnist Brian A. Klems answer some of your most pressing grammatical, ethical, business and writing-related questions. Check out his advice and don’t hesitate to ask a question—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


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


Building Your Platform Through Public Speaking

In previous posts I’ve mentioned marketing yourself by building a “platform”. Your platform is basically the things you do to publicize yourself, to get your message out there. Obviously, we can’t expect to just write a book or article and expect publishers to come knocking at our door or snatch up the work we send them and go...

Post Thesis Insanity: In Defense of Thesis

Defending a thesis is a lot like trying out for your high school’s  theater company’s production of Rent. You spend a lot of time  worrying and practicing beforehand, but in the end, you realize your  uncredited role as the second waitress at the Cat Scratch Club mostly  involves just being there. My thesis defense...

April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Yay! So many of you have made it past the sestina! And I’m still alive, though I’m sure many of you no longer consider me your friend. It’s nice to put in a very tough exercise every so often (don’t worry, the final two days should be a little more relaxed). In fact, with...

Day 14 Highlights

On Day 14, I asked you to write a poem with the title “This is how (blank) behaves” where you fill in the blank and go from there. Many people wrote about their hearts, their minds, their pets, and two people even wrote about Mr. Monk from that one TV show that I’ve never seen,...

April PAD Challenge: Day 28

I was distressed to read the following message in the comments for yesterday’s prompt this morning: Doubt I can finish the month…spent the last 24+ hours in ICU after my husband suffered an accident. Had to be airlifted to a city 3 hours away (40 min. by air) Will get back and follow the...

Making Connections

Hi writers, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was great. I enjoyed the nice weather and got to go to the Mad Anthony Writer’s Conference on Saturday. Writer’s Conferences are great places to make contacts and market your writing. Attending them is a great way to connect with agents and editors as well as...

Day 13 Highlights

With Day 13’s poems, I got the best of both worlds: poetry and music. I asked you to write a poem that’s inspired by a song or lyrics from a song. Most of the music that inspired you was already known by me, so I found myself often humming the songs as I read...

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NETWO Writers Conference: My Adventures in East Texas…

Just got back from a camp neat Pittsburg, Texas, in the eastern portion of the state, and the Northeast Texas Writers' Organization Annual Conference. The conference went well and the attendees/organizers were remarkably nice. It seemed like every person I met with was just so pleased with my advice. I think it was...

April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Well, we’re working our way closer to the end. After we finish today’s prompt, only three days will separate us from finishing this April PAD Challenge. On May 1, I plan to give a recap of the month and some details of how we can keep this community going beyond April. Something to keep an...

TALKING POINTS: Does Marketing Affect the Quality of a Film?

Hey, guys– So, I wanted to do something a bit different today… which is basically just: pick your brains and chat about stuff.  A couple weeks ago, I posted my “review” on Vantage Point… or at least, some thoughts on the writing of the movie.  One of my biggest gripes is that the movie,...

The Newest Genre: Quagmire Fiction

First we had “cyberbilly.” Then it was “elegant erotica.” Now it’s “quagmire fiction.” This new genre, as coined by agent Barbara Poelle (see post just below), is found along the fringes of literary fiction, where the language is so intense and lyrical and rich (purple prose?) that the reader is just swimming is a quagmire of...

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Barbara Poelle’s ’10 For 10 Rule’

Barbara Poelle's "10 for 10 Rule: 10 Questions Writers Should Ask Themselves Regarding Their Query if They Have Received 10 Rejections from Agents." 1. Are you thoroughly researching the agencies you are sending to? 2. Does the specific agent you are querying represent your...

April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Today’s prompt is to write a poem with the title of “I’m so over (_____).”  You get to choose what you’re “so over” with, and write a poem about it.  I’ll be looking forward to reading these.  Here’s my poem for the day: “I’m so over commuting to work.” In getting up at 5:30...

April PAD Challenge: Day 25

A few times this month, I’ve felt like the forces working around my daily life are keeping track of my prompts (most of which I had set in stone before April started). For instance, I wasn’t able to get Day 13’s highlights up this morning (look for them on Monday), because my Clark Kent...

Mad Anthony Writer's Conference & Book Festival

Today is the start of the Mad Anthony Writer’s Conference & Book Festival at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center in Hamilton, OH. There are a few authors and speakers from Writer’s Digest Books who will be attending including mystery writer Hallie Ephron, WD Books Editorial Director Jane Friedman, and myself. Jane Friedman will...

Speaking of Fonts

Hi Writers,As I mentioned in the previous posts, I’m switching fonts for my blog posts—a minor face lift you might say. Fonts seem like a trite thing for writers to concern themselves with. But in the visually oriented magazine world, I’ve observed first-hand that how you present your work really can make a difference...

April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Today’s prompt is to use a photograph to create a poem. You can raid your dusty photo albums, look through your daily newspaper, scour the Internet, etc. But you must use a photograph. Them is the rules, yo! (Sorry for the brevity today, but my book is soooo close to being done!) Here’s my...

Day 12 Highlights

You were asked to write an apology poem on Day 12, but I want to start off by saying, “Thank you,” for all the great poetry written on this day. Good poems are usually marked by a great degree of honesty (even when making things up) and fearlessness on the part of the poet. These...

Who is this person, anyway?

You might be wondering, “who is the person writing this blog and why do I care what they have to say?” That’s a great question. In fact, as a writer trying to get your work out there it’s a question that publishers and agents will be asking about you.   Before I tell you...

Embracing the M-Word

Hello fellow writer.   My name is Scott. Like you, I’m a writer. I’m also fortunate enough to have a job working for Writer’s Digest Books. While I always imagined myself working in writing and editing, I am not an editor. I’m a Marketing Manager.   Now… before you run away thinking I’m some...

Heacock Literary Agency Change of Address

New address for the California agent of the Heacock Literary Agency. (Note that the agency’s two reps live in different states. This is only a change of address for Ms. LeBaigue.) Catt LeBaigueHeacock Literary Agency, Inc.1020 Hollywood Way, No. 439Burbank, CA 91505catt@heacockliteraryagency.com www.heacockliteraryagency.com

Reaching Your Audience

Hi Writers,A lot of writing books come across my desk and I try to give most of them at least a quick read before stacking them on my bookshelves. So I thought, instead of just hoarding these books, I’d share a tiny bit here. I’m not going to be doing book reviews, just pulling...

April PAD Challenge: Day 23

It’s hard to believe that a week from today I’ll be posting the last prompt of the month. We’re already almost a month older than we were at the end of March. Time just continues to fly by–even in a poetry challenge, huh? Well, today’s prompt is sympathetic of the fact that time continues...

Day 11 Highlights

Paper clips! There were a lot of paper clip poems written on Day 11–when I asked you to write a poem describing a thing. Actually, I found that your focus on description led to some really, really great poems. One of my favorites, in fact, is a poem about–you guessed it–the paper clip “Bent...

UPCOMING EVENTS: 2 Great Festivals

Hey, guys– Whether you’re on the east coast or the west coast, I wanted to give you a heads up to a couple cool festivals this weekend. First, check out the Indepedent Film Festival of Boston, which begins tomorrow, April 23, and runs through next Tuesday, April 29.  Seven days of movies, music, and...