Writing Editor Blogs

The Writer’s Dig
by Jess Zafarris
Content Strategist Jess Zafarris covers everything about writing on this blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, she’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from herself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out her advice—your writing career will thank you. Read The Writer’s Dig


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
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


Your Writing Career May Depend on Someone You Never Meet

Yesterday I read and Tweeted about an article at Publishing Perspectives, “Career Reinvention for Publishing Professionals” by Andrew Malkin. To me it was both useful and sadly prescient; it made me recall the Richard Bolles’ book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, originally self-published for a large number of the clergy who...

Are Fee-Charging Agents Legit?

Q: Recently I queried an agent and, in her response, she told me she charged a fee for reading manuscripts. I had never heard of this before, so I’m hesitant to move forward with her. Are reading fees a standard practice with agents? A: No, charging a reading fee is not...

How I Got My Agent: Debra Berndt

"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,...

Looking for a prompt escape from football recaps and snow?

Looking for a prompt escape from football recaps and snow? WRITING PROMPT: Test DriveFeel free to take the following prompt home or post your response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below. By posting, you’ll be entered in our occasional around-the-office swag drawings. If you’re...

Rejection: It's What You Do Next That Counts

I have a dear friend, Dave, who has devoted his life to writing. He’s made every sacrifice imaginable, sacrifices that other people won’t or can’t make. This year, he has been submitting to more agents and publications than ever—and getting rejected. He wrote me recently to say that he felt more...

Help Me Choose New Tweeps to Follow

This spring will mark the one-year anniversary for Best Tweets for Writers. From the start, I have used a combination of serendipity and RSS feeds/searches (viewed in Google Reader) to curate each week’s list. While I think I follow some of the most helpful folks on Twitter, I know I see...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 2/5/10)

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 Why I say “no” to great work@Kid_Lit Hooks that snag great book...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Chantal Panozzo

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 Chantal Panozzo. Chantal Panozzo is a...

Successful Queries: Agent Tina Wexler and ‘Tagged’

This series is called "Successful Queries" and I'm posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked. The 26th installment in this series is...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Description

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on writing description. 1....

A Wordsmith Among Kingfish

Today’s guest post is by the lovely Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read one of her most popular posts on the memoir she’s writing with Deirdre Gogarty. Pictured above: Rick Bragg On the third weekend of October 2009, writers and book lovers gathered at the Louisiana State Capitol in...

On Telling the Truth

    “Writing is the way I ground myself, what keeps me sane. Writing is the way I try and make sense of my life, try to find meaning in accident, reasons why what happens happens-even though I know that why is a distraction, and meaning you have to cobble together...

Agent Advice: Laney Katz Becker of Markson Thoma Literary Agency

“Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Laney Katz Becker of Markson Thoma Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else. This series has more than 170 interviews so far with...

My Exciting News at Writer's Digest

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been making liberal use of guest bloggers during the new year. That’s because I’m busy cooking up new content at Writer’s Digest, but I’ll soon return to more tough-love posts for writers! For now, I do want to share some exciting news & cool stuff that I...

A Plot-Defining Disturbance

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. Each of the Potter books includes a major disturbance in Harry’s world. These disturbances typically involve a threat to Harry’s life, which is the...

Writing is Revising

  One of my teachers always said that the revision process required an entirely different part of the brain. When it comes to revision, she said, you have to think more like a scientist, like a problem solver. I posted about “solving the puzzle” not too long ago… the idea that we...

Upcoming Writers Conferences Where I’ll Be …

Writer’s Digest Editors Intensive, March 13-14, Cincinnati, OH These recurring intensives feature a small-group setting and a day of presentations by WD staffers. On Sunday, writers and editors meet for personal one-on-one meetings where pages of writers’ work is critiqued (writersdigest.com/conferences-events.)

Point of View: Stories Are About PEOPLE

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. The number of point of view characters in a story affects the reader’s view of how focused that story is. POV also influences the...

Oscar nominations!

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118014578.html?categoryId=3284&cs=1&nid=2854 My personal picks (in the main categories)… BEST PICTURE:  “Up” (although they’ll never give it to an animated film, so if I have to pick a live-action film: “Inglorious Basterds” ACTOR:  Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) ACTRESS:  Gabourney Sidibe (“Precious”) SUPPORTING ACTOR:  Christopher Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”) SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Monique (“Precious”)...