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


November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Today is 11/11. What a mathematical day! (As some of you know, Tammy and I were married on 08/08/08 at 8:08–so I don’t take numbers for granted.) I also don’t take these prompts for granted. For instance, today’s prompt is to write a deep thought or observational poem related to your theme. The poem...

Choose Your Own Commenting Adventure Vol 3

You, friends, know what time it is. It’s time for the third installation of what critics have called, “kind of lazy, but definitely better than listening to you rattle on for 600 words about the HBO show True Blood,” the CYCA3! Directions: Read the graf pertaining to our protagonist Casey, and then take it...

Is It Safe To E-Mail Material?

This is a response to a recent post(below) about copyright and protecting your work. Q: I am puzzled.  You state in your coverage of copyright that a writer should not put text of a manuscript online as it could lead to the lifting (paraphrasing here) of the material by another writer. These days, so...

Fight for Writers' Rights… THIS WEEKEND! (And hey– free lunch!)

Hey, everyone– As you know, reality TV writers rarely receive wages or benefits comparable to their scripted counterparts… even though they’re writing scripts, shaping arcs and stories, defining characters, punching up jokes, etc. So this Saturday, the Writers Guild is hosting a lunch event to educate and unite writers of all genres and mediums...

NOT: How Can I Make Money? INSTEAD: How Can I Serve?

My colleague Amy Schell recently shared Seth Godin’s interview with the people over at Harper Studio. A couple wonderful snippets:If everything is free, how is anyone going to make any money?First, the market and the internet don’t care if you make money. That’s important to say. You have no right to make money from...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Hooray! Once you finish your poem today, you will be one-third of the way to completion. Isn’t that awesome? And isn’t this month speeding by so fast? Possibly even, too fast? Well, it’s not over yet. Today, I want you to write a “survival of the fittest” poem. Try to come up with a...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

My stepson’s fifth birthday extravaganza soldiers on today, which means my time is limited for the intro to the prompt. By 2pm, I need to have a cake baked, a meatloaf loafed, and chili simmered. I think I can do it. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a dream poem–or dream-like poem....

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

Good morning! I’ve been hanging out with my stepson all morning (he just turned five yesterday!), and he’s being kind enough to let me throw up a prompt real quick while he sings the Transformers theme song (guess what he got for his birthday last night?). Soooooo, I’m going to make this one pretty...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Once you finish today’s prompt, you’ll officially be a week in to the challenge. Woo-hoo! Yay! Fantastique! Okay, so today’s prompt is to write a myth poem. Investigate a well-known myth associated with your theme. Or make up a brand new myth. Be literal, or get surreal. Whatever you do, finish today’s prompt and...

Best Book Recommendation EVER!

Hey, everyone– I’m super-psyched to announce that my new (and first) book, Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business (which officially comes out November 25), is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Borders, and Barnes & Noble! The book is a user-friendly “business guide” for aspiring TV writers.  It explains...

Visit WD Headquarters and Get a Manuscript Critique

Writer’s Digest is offering a brand-new writing event this year (we’re calling it the WD Editors’ Intensive), hosted at our palatial estate headquarters, in the Kenwood area of Cincinnati. Many people have asked for this type of event, and we’re limiting attendance to only 50, so it really is exclusive. Once we sell out,...

Appleseeds Management Closes

Appleseeds Management, a California-based literary and talent agency, is no longer in business.  I got a letter from the founder, S. James Foiles, saying so. Take note if they were on your “To Query” list.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Good morning, y’all. Saw there was some back and forth yesterday about focusing on a whole chapbook for the month. I understand how looking at a huge project can get very intimidating, which is why I suggest just taking things one poem at a time. My feeling with the PAD Challenge (whether in April or...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #7 Feedback

Hey, folks— Today’s Pitch Workshop entry comes from Mary S., who sends in a logline for her feature romantic comedy.  Take a look… First of all—Mary, thank you so much for sending this in!  Secondly, thanks to everyone who has already offered Mary their feedback and criticism… I hope it was helpful, Mary… and...

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Networking at Writers’ Conferences

Many fledgling writers understand the value of manuscript reviews and taking classes at a professional writers’ conference, but few understand the true potential impact of networking outside of the traditional formats. If you have a big salesperson personality and tend to meet people easily, networking will be a natural for you. If you're a...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

As requested, I’m getting today’s prompt out a little earlier in the morning than usual. Hopefully, everyone didn’t stay up too late watching the election coverage last night (if you were watching the election coverage, that is). I know I’m still a little sleepy-eyed (though that may have more to do with these spreadsheets...

Announcing the New Editor of Writer's Digest Magazine

When I first joined the Writer’s Digest community in 2001, I had the great pleasure of having Jessica Strawser as a colleague on Writer’s Digest magazine. Our paths diverged after a couple years, but now we’re working together once again on this publication that brings out our most heartfelt enthusiasm and creativity. During her...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

I’ve heard the pleas from the Poetic Asides commonwealth asking that I post the November PAD prompts earlier in the day. I’ve been on Main Street and seen Joe Poet and Jane Poet working to put food on the table and still write a poem-a-day. I’ve visited schools, hospitals, and random fast-food restaurants and...

On the Political Process

Little known fact: I was a political science major in college, friends. I had a very real interest in the science of politics, an interest that almost pushed me into the work-heavy grasp of law school, an interest that kept me from taking more than two writing classes in college, an interest that was...

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New Agent Alert: Amberly Finarelli of Andrea Hurst Literary

Andrea Hurst Literary Management, a Sacramento-based agency run by the talented Andrea Hurst, has a new official rep, Amberly Finarelli, looking for clients. She is currently looking for new clients in the following areas: Nonfiction: humor/gift books, crafts, how-to (financial, house and home, health and beauty, weddings), relationships/advice, self-help, psychology, travel writing, narrative nonfiction. Fiction: Commercial...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Okay, this prompt may be a little out there, but it’s inspired by a few albums I’ve listened to (and loved) over the years. They’ll have kind of a foreshadowing or refrain piece that shares a snippet of a song to come later on the album. And I want you to write a foreshadowing...

TV Writing Interview: Part II… Take a Listen!

Hey, everyone– A couple weeks ago, the Alive! Authors Network posted the first part of Breaking In and Breaking Through the TV Business, Judith Parker Harris‘s 3-part interview with me about TV writing… how to get your foot in the door, get noticed, and excel in the world of television. Well, Judith has now...