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


What is a Literary Executor?

Q: I was recently approached by one of my relatives (my father’s cousin), who asked if I would be her literary executor. I don’t really know what this means and thought you might be able to shed some light on the subject. Do you know what this might entail?—Anonymous A: Often people choose executors...

April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Today is Earth Day! Yay! I think most people can agree that this planet is a good thing. However, wars are fought over how we should use it and/or live on it. So, today’s “2 for Tuesday” prompts will play off the opposing sides of the environmental coin. Prompt 1: Write a nature poem. This can...

Day 10 Highlights

On Day 10, I asked you to pick a location and write about it. I feel so redundant, but these poems just keep getting better and better. Seriously. I actually had to do a couple rounds of cuts to get a manageable highlights list. Great job everyone! Here are the highlights. *****   ROOM...

National Editor's Day

Hi Writers, Is there such a thing as National Editor’s Day? Well, there should be. Maybe I’ll send that one in to Chase’s Calendar of Events, where I was most recently the primary contact for National Word Nerd Day—January 8 (this is the sort of thing that happens when editors get bored). If you...

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: Aftermath

Friends. I cannot describe to you the relief that I feel right now. I imagine it’s somewhere between finishing a (Boston!) marathon and beating Tetris on Level 9 with the music set to Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Here are the details: In the last two weeks, I have written 80 new pages,...

READER QUESTION: How Are TV Writers Paid?

Hey, screenwriters— Today’s question comes from Dan, who comments at the end of Friday’s post in reference to something I had written about writing on TV shows.  I had written… “You might be hired [on a TV show] for 10 weeks… or 6 months… or even just one episode.  It varies from show to...

April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Today’s prompt requires that you do a little snooping. That’s right: I want you to write a “snooping” poem today. Basically, you need to write a poem that incorporates a bit of overheard dialogue (can be in real life or off the television) or even a quote taken from a news story online (if...

Day 9 Highlights

On Day 9, I asked you to pick a word (any word) and write a poem about it or using it. My hope was that you would have fun and be playful with language, and y’all didn’t let me down. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick highlighted poems, because you’re getting better every day....

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Agent Advice: Brandi Bowles of Foundry Literary + Media

This installment features Brandi Bowles of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in New York. Brandi has been an agent with Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc., in Brooklyn, New York, since 2007. She was previously an assistant editor at Three Rivers Press. She is seeking: She represents fiction in the areas of science fiction, women’s...

April PAD Challenge: Day 20

We are now 20 days into the challenge! Woo-hoo! And spring has definitely sprung here in Ohio. It’s incredible. Since Thursday, I’ve been getting out every day and playing disc golf and trail hiking. As soon as I finish this prompt-poem thing-a-ma-gig, I’m gonna get back out there. Now today’s prompt is one you’ve...

April PAD Challenge: Day 19

Good morning! Today’s prompt will require that you use a little memory, but not your own; because for today’s prompt you need to write a poem about a moment (or moments) you can’t remember yourself that are about yourself. I think everyone has these stories about when you were a child, or when you...

READER QUESTION: From 9th Grade to Hollywood…

Today’s question(s) comed from Corey Nolter, a 9th grader who’s an aspiring screenwriter working on a research paper about his future career.  Corey asks a ton of questions, so I’m just gonna dive in.  Corey– I hope these answers help… lemme know how the paper turns out… and I expect a thank you in...

Friday Rant Day: Googleganger Woes

Hi Writers,I’m officially declaring Friday Rant Day here on “The Writer’s Perspective.” Got a rant? Come here on Fridays to share a tizzy fit with me. To start things off, I came across an article about Googlegangers recently. Names that Match Forge a Bond on the Internet and it brought up some of my...

April PAD Challenge: Day 18

I’ll pick back up on the highlights on Monday. Spent last night working on my Writer’s Market book, which goes to production next Friday. By the way, isn’t it cool? We’ve made it 60% of the way through April–once you write today’s poem. I’m sure anyone who’s made it this far will be able...

WD's 101 Best Sites: Agent Blogs

The new issue of Writer’s Digest has the totally awesome “101 Best Websites for Writers” feature.  It should be online for free within a few weeks.  Keep you eyes peeled on www.WritersDigest.com (new design!) to see when it pops up. As usual, it’s a brainbomb of good resources and information that will shut down...

April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Before getting to the prompt, I think it would be nice of us all to send a little goodwill in Elizabeth Keggi’s direction. Her poems have been highlighted a few times already this month (on days 1, 2 and 5), and she’s having surgery today that will force her into a game of PAD catch up later this...

Day 8 Highlights

The prompt on Day 8 asked you to write a poem based on one of two paintings: “Piazza d’Italia,” by Giorgia de Chirico, or “The Little Deer,” by Frida Kahlo. To see the paintings, go to: http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/April+PAD+Challenge+Day+8.aspx. Many of the poems added stories to the actual picture. I think this may have been one...

April PAD Challenge: Day 16

I don’t want to alarm you, but today’s challenge was a bit of a challenge for me this morning. Hopefully, you won’t struggle as much as I did. But even if you do, that’s why it’s called a challenge, I guess. Plus, we’re like only trying to get our rough drafts done in April...

Day 7 Highlights

On Day 7, I asked for a “ramble” poem. As usual, you came through in a big way. So many great poems, and here are some that really stuck out for me. *****   I used to love to open the cottage in the spring when there had been all kinds of unseen wildlife...

Simultaneous Submissions vs. Multiple Submissions

So what’s the difference between the two? Sometimes, the two words are used interchangeably, so quickly note the difference. Simultaneous submissions are when you query multiple agents about the same project.  This is fairly common (and recommended, to a degree).        Multiple submissions is when you submit multiple projects to the same agent for consideration.  This is...

Are You Using Trademarked Words in Your Writing?

Q: An editor once pointed out that I was using brand names instead of the generic equivalent. How am I to know which words have been trademarked and which aren’t?—Anonymous A: When your character cuts his hand, does he cover it with an adhesive bandage or a Band-Aid? Does his mother use a hand-held...