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


PITCH WORKSHOP: Wendy's feedback (Entry #9)

I wanted to take today to respond to Wendy’s sitcom idea, “Three-Two-One,” which she submitted to the pitch workshop last month.  First of all—Wendy, thanks so much for submitting this!  And another huge thanks to everyone who posted a comment!   For those of you just coming to the party, here’s Wendy’s synopsis for...

Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in WD's First Webinar

Welcome to all the webinar participants from today’s free session: 5 Tips to Getting Published in Tough Times! Here are links to the sites I recommended in my presentation: Publishers Marketplace MediaBistro BoSacks Read Write Web Chris Brogan Tools of Change for Publishing Also: Our first paid webinar will be on January 15, all...

The One Where We Talk About Goals for the New Year

Apologies for the 24 hour delay, friends. I spent all of yesterday battling through a return to work that included responding to (roughly!) 23 work emails and (definitely less than!) 4 phone calls, and then made it a priority to attend the redesign party for Boston Magazine. After TK years (eight? thirty?), BoMag totally...

Agent Stephen Barbara Moves to Foundry Literary + Media

We just reported a few months ago that literary agent Mollie Glick left the Jean V. Naggar Lit Agency and headed to Foundry Literary + Media.  Now, the word from Galleycat is that agent Stephen Barbara of the Donald Maass Agency is headed to Foundry, as well.  Naturally, he’s taking his list of authors...

Formatting Queries Question…

Q. Hi Chuck.  I noticed in your book, Guide to Literary Agents, you say writers should include their contact information in the upper righthand corner of the query letter, but in the Writer’s Market both examples of a “good query” for books have the contact information at the bottom left, more like a conventional...

How to Word a Follow-up Query to an Agent

A co-worker of mine is about to follow up on a query to an agent and asked what the proper way to word such a message was.  I realized that we had talked about this subject before, but never seen an example.  That said, let’s look at one.  Following your info at the top,...

Dealing with Writer's Block

Q: Do you have any advice on overcoming writer’s block? I am currently taking a course on this subject and wondered how professional writers deal with this common problem. —Jane Thomas A: Writers have only three true enemies: time (or lack thereof), computer viruses and writer’s block. Defeating the first two is easy—set a...

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Agent Advice: Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary (formerly the Ellen Pepus Literary Agency)

This installment features Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary (formerly the Ellen Pepus Literary Agency). She is seeking: "narrative nonfiction, including history, true crime, science, adventure, and memoir, as well as self-help, health and diet, food and cooking, travel, entertainment, popular culture, how-to and humor. She also represents a wide range of fiction, including...

Back in Black: The Start of 2009

Happy New Year!  I hope your New Year’s Eve was cool and no DUIs were involved. The door on one year closes, as another opens.  All sorts of exciting possibilities await.  Nothing is impossible.  (Insert your own generic comment here.)  Personally, I’m buzzed about the year because I accomplished a few of my 2008...

20 Reasons Why 2008 Rocked

Hey, everyone— So, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but every year as we head into Christmas and New Years, I put together a special CD which I send to all my friends, family, co-workers, and business contacts.   I call it “X Reasons Why [Whatever Year] Rocked” (X...

Breaking into Television: My Interview with Alex Epstein

Hey, folks– Just wanted to point you to an interview I recently did with Alex Epstein, TV writer and author of Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box and Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made.  Alex writes the “Complications Ensue” blog, which– if you’re not already reading it– is a terrific blog about...

A Holiday Break; A Look Back; And Mo' Mo-town!

Gracious Friends, As per the orders strictly worded in my 70 page WD blogging contract, I am going off air from now until January 6th, when I shall reappear in the New Year stronger, more emotionally appropriate, and in need of a trim around the back of my neck. The thinking is this: You...

Regular Posts in 2009 (A Promise)

Since my adventurous return from Thailand, I have been intensely involved in F+W responsibilities, preventing regular posts here. (Side note: F+W just unleashed a new corporate site, and it’s very cool!) In any case: In 2009, I promise better and more regular posts. For now: Don’t forget you can find me on Facebook. (When...

Happy Holidays, Movie Lovers!

Hey, everyone– First of all, huge thanks to Matt and Wendy for your super-nice comments after yesterday’s post!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all you guys, and those comments made my day.  Please keep reading… and posting! Second of all… I’m gonna take things slow over the next couple of holiday...

READER QUESTION: How Do I Write Fight Scenes?

Today’s reader question comes from Mel, who posted this in response to my review of Quantum of Solace, the new James Bond movie.  Mel writes… “I… have been thinking about fight scenes. How are they written? How do people make them jump off the page and come to life?” Well, Mel, at the risk...

Join Me for a XX Chat About TV… on the Internet

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to tune in this Sunday, when I’ll be a special guest on The XX Factor, Susan Schofield and Kim Gruenenfelder‘s political/pop cultural Internet radio show on LATalkRadio.com.  We’ll be talking about the state of television… where it’s going in the near future… and some of today’s...

PITCH WORKSHOP: CC's Feedback (Entry #8)

Hey, folks— I wanted to spend today responding to CC’s Pitch Workshop submission for her one-hour TV dramedy, Sarah Weekly. First of all—thanks again to CC for submitting to this!  Whether you’re pitching Steven Spielberg, a low-level TV exec, or just looking for critical feedback, it’s never easy putting your ideas out there in...

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First WD Editors Intensive Conference = Great

For the first time ever this past weekend, we opened the doors here at F+W Media to a large gathering of writers for a small conference on the business and craft of writing. I'm pleased to say the event was a success. I, for one, was wondering how the whole thing would go down...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #9

Today’s Pitch Workshop submission comes from Wendy, who sends in a synopsis of her sitcom idea, Three-Two-One, to get some feedback from all you readers out there… Think Sex in the City meets Weight Watchers; this sitcom cold opens each week with Emma, an extra curvy redhead, Mandy a philosophical dumb blonde, and Gwynne, a...

The WGA Unionizes "Best Week Ever" on VH1!

Hey, guys– Some good news from the war front of the Writers Guild‘s fight to organize reality TV… Best Week Ever, VH1‘s clip show hosted by Paul F. Tomkins, has joined the Writers Guild!  This means the Best Week Ever writers will finally receive standardized salaries, plus pension and health benefits. Clip shows have...