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


A Letter from WGA President Patric Verone…

Hey, folks– Hot off the press, here’s a letter from WGA president Patric Verone… thought you might find it interesting… May 29, 2009              To My Fellow Members, It’s been a while since I’ve reported to you about the progress of Writers Guild organizing efforts and the many successes we’ve had...

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Page 2 News: A Smattering of Info

Here are some news bits that are cool but didn't necessitate their own post: Come to the Wyoming Writers' Conference! I'll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5-7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches...

Just a Start (How a Writer Builds Confidence)

Today’s guest post is from the lovely Jane Koenen Bretl—an aspiring author taking one day at a time, and writing about it. Her blog, jane, candid, is a sometimes funny, sometimes thoughtful, often irreverent account of one mom trying to start a writing career and make the kids catch the bus. Really, it’s just...

READER QUESTION: Will There Be A Pitchfest in New York?

Hey, folks– Wanted to respond to Rosetta‘s Great American Pitchfest question from a couple days ago… “When will an event like this [or at least similar to it] be available in the New York City region?… I learned about this coming event a little too late to plan to attend and would like to...

A Quick Post re: Pitchfest

Hey, guys– I’ve gotten some emails and questions about Pitchfest, so just wanted to respond real fast… 1)  Rosetta– I’m not sure if/when Pitchfest itself is coming to New York… lemme sniff around a bit.  I’ll also try to round up some info on some other pitch festivals, or similar events, and get it...

Sell Your Movie or TV Show… and Say Hello… at Pitchfest!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to next month’s annual Great American PitchFest, where I’ll be speaking and doing pitch and project consultations. For those of you who haven’t been to PitchFest, it’s a two-day festival where writers, producers, directors, and other filmmakers can take classes, network, and pitch their ideas to...

You Must Edit Before You Submit to Literary Agents

One question I get a lot during conference seminars is “How do I know when my work is done and ready to send out?”  Obviously, there is no magic answer for this, but the question itself touches on something very important: self-editing.  Writers know they have to write the book, and they know they...

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How I Got My Agent: Lisa Janice Cohen

"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...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/22/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Stand Alone (no links) “What if…?” + Problem = Concept. Concept + Character = Plot. Plot + Character Change = Story. @jamesscottbell Getting Published, Agents/Editors Tortured Trilogies...

The Song of Writing

Today I am thrilled to present a guest post from writer Darrelyn Saloom. I met Darrelyn at a recent Writer’s Digest Editor Intensive, along with Deirdre Gogarty. These two amazing women are collaborating on a memoir about Deirdre, who is the 1997 Women’s International Boxing Federation champion. You can follow Darrelyn on Twitter. (Photo...

Is a Quick or Slow Response Time a Sign?

Q. I submitted a query to an agent (with the exact info she requested from the WM site). I expected a response in 3 weeks.  I got a very detailed and polite rejection e-mail 7 hours later.  Should I take this as some sort of negative sign?  7 hours? A: I’d say no because...

5 Ways Writers & Book Publishers Need to Embrace Change NOW

In today’s writing and publishing industry, knowing how to change and quickly adapt to change can be your biggest competitive asset. This has been a key takeaway for me from the weekly Twitter editorchats that I started participating in last week. The discussions often focus on industry change and trends, especially in relation to...

CW 2009-2010 Schedule

Hey, guys– Here’s the new schedule from the CW, and the final broadcast upfront of the year… CW 2009-2010 schedule You might also like:No Related Posts

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New Agent Alert: Chasya Milgrom of Dystel & Goderich

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 agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. Areas of interest: literary fiction,...

3 Reasons Why You Should NEVER Pitch at BEA

I’ve said it before—and many other people have said it, too—but it always bears repeating. Do not go to the BookExpo America trade show to pitch your book or self-published book to a traditional publisher or to an agent. The only exception to this rule are well-known authors who get into the trade show...

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How I Got My Agent: Chuck Sambuchino

"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...

ABC & NBC New 2009-2010 Schedules… with clips!

Hey, folks– Here’s the latest from the upfronts, ABC and NBC‘s schedules… ABC 2009-2010 Schedule NBC 2009-2010 Schedule Also, for your viewing pleasure, some clips from the upcoming shows… FOX’s Human Target, Past Life, Brothers, Cleveland, and Sons of Tucson ABC’s Cougar Town, starring Courtney Cox ABC’s remake of V You might also like:No...

Will Agents Try to Scam You With Small Costs?

Q. Any red flags to look for regarding cost reimbursements (mailings, etc.) in case they try to make money that way? A: As a refresher for everyone, you never want to pay agents money upfront to represent you.  The only money you should every pay an agent are small amounts so that they can...

Why Do Agents Have to Love a Book to Take It On?

Q. Why do agents need to “love” a book?  Can’t they simply recognize commercial viability without loving it, and take on a project on that basis alone?        – Anonymous A: Absolutely. With nonfiction and commercial (genre) fiction, they can often size something up to be “easily salable” and take it on for...