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


Comic Con Saturday

It’s Saturday morning and I’m getting ready to head to the Con. Yesterday was a whirlwind… lots of great stuff going on.  We kicked off the day with a signing from Peter David, author of Writing for Comics with Peter David, who was great fun. IMPACT Books Publicity Manager Greg Hatfield got a chance...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Martha Silano

Some of the poets I’ve interviewed for this blog were sought out by me; some have been recommended by other poets; and some have come to me on their own. In the case of Martha Silano, author of Blue Positive (Steel Toe Books, 2006), it was kind of a combination of these events. In...

Comic Con Day 1

Yesterday was the first actual day of Comic Con. I spent a lot of time selling books in the IMPACT books booth, and trying to interview authors. I attended a panel by renowned comics editor Andy Schmidt who runs www.comicsexperience.com where aspiring comic writers and artists can take classes to learn the ropes and...

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Agent Advice: Lilly Ghahremani of Full Circle Literary

This installment features Lilly Ghahremani of Full Circle Literary in San Diego. Lilly is an attorney now "using her powers for good" as a literary agent with Full Circle Literary (co-founded with Stefanie Von Borstel). Seeking: "A wide range of nonfiction, driven by a compelling narrative voice (even if it's a how-to). She...

FinePrint Literary's New Blog

FinePrint Literary Management in New York has started a new blog: http://fineprintlit.blogspot.com/. FinePrint is a medium-sized agency full of super-cool agents.  Hat tip on this great info: future famous writer Nancy Parish.

Poetic Terms: The Stanza

While this might be too basic for some of the blog readers, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share some poetic terms for poets who’ve not taken formal courses in poetry. Personally, I love knowing more about the various terms, and I’ve got such a bad memory that sometimes it’s good for me to have a...

Comic Con Preview Night

Yesterday was the first day at Comic Con. Spent the day setting up the IMPACT Books booth. Preview night at the con was insanely crowded. The show is sold out everyday and the floor is packed with people. I mostly worked at our booth last night. Comic writers Peter David and Marv Wolfman stopped...

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Talking Script/Screenplay Managers

Q. I was wondering on how you can help me get the right agent. I’ve written a screenplay, which is copyedited and registered. My query letter and my synopsis seem to be very good. – Natalie GLA: A-ha. You’re looking for a script agent, not a literary agent. More specifically, you want a script...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 012

Poetry is a form of communication–communication between the poet and the reader. But can poetry also be a form of instruction? Possibly. For this week’s poetry prompt, I want you to write a poem with the title of “How to (blank)” where you use the title as the springboard for your poem. You can...

On a Plane Tomorrow

Hi Writers, Again, I must apologize for my lack of posting this week. I’ve had lots to do at work in preparation for my Comic-Con trip. I’m getting on plane tomorrow to head out to San Diego to commune with comic fans, artists, writers and… well, nerds (I can say it, because I am...

West Coast Swing

In keeping with my tradition of leaving the muggy heat of a Boston  summer, I am going on a West Coast trip later this week, which will  surprisingly not feature me begging my father for money, sleeping  quarters, and “walking around money” in the SoCal. No sir. This trip  is to the Northern parts...

Allude vs. Elude

Q: What’s the difference between “allude” and “elude”? Are they interchangeable? —Anonymous A: “Allude” and “elude” are frequently misused in place of each other, even though they’re about as different as broccoli and ice cream. “Allude” means to refer to something in a casual or indirect way. Michelle alluded to my tardiness by glancing...

From fired to inspired?

Hi Writers,I’ve been attending a lot of writing conferences recently and in listening to keynote speeches I’ve noticed an odd correlation in the first-published stories of many writers. Just off the top of my head, I can name three bestselling authors who cite being fired as the impetus to write and sell their first...

New Poetic Form: The Roundabout

Our Poetic Asides inaugural Poet Laureate, Sara Diane Doyle, has been busy-busy-busy this summer working with teen writers. But not too busy to share with her fellow Poetic Asides crew a new poetic form she developed with one of her students, David Edwards. Since Sara knows the form best, I’ll let her explain the...

Do Not Query Big Score Productions

I suppose I should have posted this a long time ago, but late is better than never… Big Score Productions was listed in a few past editions of Guide to Literary Agents.  Somewhere in the past year (well after the 2008 edition hit shelves), Big Score started charging a $50 fee before reading submitted...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Laureate Denise Low!

Wow! What a weekend! I celebrated with 30th birthday with my sons, announced my engagement to poet Tammy F. Trendle, and completed an interview with the poet laureate of Kansas: Denise Low. (So yeah, 30’s getting off to a great start!) Yes, Denise Low agreed to answer a few questions for the Poetic Asides...

Fremantle Fires Back

As you all know, the Writers Guild of America launched its American Idol Truth Tour last week to help unionize reality TV and fight unfair labor practices against writers.  In yesterday’s LA Times, Fremantle fights back.  Here’s the article… Reality TV producer fires back at Writers Guild Fremantle disputes WGA claims about working conditions...

Mary Feuer's New York trip to meet agents

Hi Writers,Remember last month when I was blogging about my trip to New York to accompany our annual contest winners to meet literary agents? I asked our winners to sum up the experience for me, and here’s Mary Feuer’s experience in her own words: It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire month since...

It's official!

I turned 30 years old today. If anyone wants a fun Friday prompt, they can write a poem about the number 30 or about birthdays. I’d write one, but I’m overly stuffed from an excellent birthday lunch at this Mexican place over here with my co-workers. Hope everyone has a great weekend!  

Watchmen Trailer Online!

Hey, movie/comic/graphic novel fans– The trailer for the movie adaptation of Watchmen, Alan Moore‘s seminal graphic novel, is online!  Check it out here… http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Watchmen-Trailer-9552.html What do you think?  Thumbs up?  Thumbs down?  Thumbs sideways?

Kay Ryan tapped as next U.S. Poet Laureate!

Kay Ryan will succeed Charles Simic as the 16th Poet Laureate of the United States. She was selected by James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, with advice offered by poets, critics and academics around the country. Here’s the piece from the NY Times: “Kay Ryan, Outsider With Sly Style, Named Poet Laureate,” by...

Comic Con, Anyone?

Hi writers, Sorry I haven’t posted yet this week. It’s a pretty busy week for me because I’m getting ready to go to San Diego Comic Con next week. I’m really excited about it. I think everyone needs to pay attention to Comic Con. It’s become more than just a comic convention… it’s really...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 011

Last year I read Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual (Bison Books) and was struck by how he writes every one of his poems with an audience in mind. For today’s prompt I want you to pick an audience and write a poem to that audience. Put the name of your audience in...