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 Cris Freese
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


Can Writers See the Future?

Hey writers, Intriguing post today at Wired’s This Day in Tech blog. It’s a topic you’ve probably heard wisps of at one point or another in the pop culture of writing—the author who more or less predicted the sinking of the Titanic. Contrasting any loose Nostradamus-style guesstimations, Morgan Robertson (born on this day in...

Mary Gaitskill Spotting in NYC

  There’s nothing like a Mary Gaitskill spotting to motivate one’s writing practice. Two friends and I were sipping Chardonnay at a favorite bistro in Greenwich Village and there she was—Ms. Gaitskill, author of Veronica and much more—sitting across from us, enjoying dinner with a companion.  I couldn’t tell if it was really her,...

Don't Fall in Love With Your Research

In the monthly Glimmer Train bulletin, you’ll find some fabulous advice from working writers. Here’s a bit of what novelist Eric Wasserman had to say about research (Eric pictured above): Fiction writers can easily write themselves into a corner. For the writer of the researched story it almost inevitably happens when the details cease...

How I Got My Agent: Tabitha Olson

"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, e-mail me at...

The Distribution Barrier for Self-Publishers: Less of an Issue?

When I started at Writer’s Digest in 2001, my first assigned beat was the self-publishing scene. I was given Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing by Marilyn & Tom Ross, as primers on the topic. I edited the magazine’s column on self-publishing (discontinued), the newsstand-only special issues on self-publishing (also...

Can You Start a Sentence with "Because"?

Q: My grammar school teachers always told me that it was wrong to start a sentence with the word “because,” but I commonly see it in books today. What’s the rule?—Roger Allen A: Grammar teachers across the U.S., please don’t hate me, as I’m about to expose the awful truth you’ve been trying to...

Middle Grade vs. Young Adult: What's the Difference?

The MigWriters site has an amazing post breaking down the difference between the two children’s categories of middle grade and young adult.  To define the two, they pull a lot of good info from a variety of different sources – editors, agents (such as Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency) and writers alike. It’s just...

Excellent (and Free) Presentation on Self-Publishing

At our conference last week, April Hamilton gave an in-depth presentation on the basics of getting started in self-publishing—or as an indie author. Click here to download her presentation as a PDF file. I blogged some tips from her session on the Writer’s Digest Conference blog, which I’m reposting below. April’s definition of an...

Best Tweets Returns Mid-October

Due to Writer’s Digest events & other travel (my birthday travel & my mother’s birthday travel), Best Tweets is on hiatus until the week ending October 16. Those who have been sending recommendations: I still have them on tap and will see if they’re still appropriate for the next round-up. Thankfully, after this hiatus,...

Ten Years of Your Life in Two Pages

  Monday calls for writing prompts and exercises, they’re a way to shake the weekend out of us, stretch our writing muscles, and get back into the writing groove.  Abigail Thomas, author of the beautiful, heartbreaking memoir A Three Dog Life, suggests many great exercises on her author website under “Getting Started.” I stop by...

The Top 20 Lessons From WD Mag in 2009: No. 20

Hey writers, The 90th anniversary issue of WD is fast approaching (it’s our January 2010 installment, which ships to subscribers Nov. 24 and hits newsstands Dec. 15), and Editor Jessica Strawser and I are rapidly working to get everything out on time. Which means another year of magazines is about to start. Being the...

Pitch Your TV Idea to Agents, Execs, and Producers… on Oct. 5!

Hey, folks—   Just wanted to let you know, I’m hosting and moderating Mediabistro’s “Pitch Slam” next Monday, October 5… and for anyone working on an idea for the next “Royal Pains,” “30 Rock,” or “Kitchen Nightmares,” this is an incredible opportunity!   Here’s how it works: we bring in a panel of TV...

Remembering Jim Carroll in Prompts

Hey writers, Here’s to poet, memoirist and rock n’ roller Jim Carroll, who recently died, reportedly working away at his desk. Carroll is perhaps best known for the chronicle of his heroin addiction and youth, The Basketball Diaries, which was raw, disturbing and poignant. Thus, today, I offer a pair of Literary Roadshow prompts...

New Agent Alert: Teresa Kietlinski of Prospect Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: "As an...

Resources for submitting to literary journals

TGIF! Sooo happy it’s Friday, though I do have a class tonight. But it’s short. And I am meeting a friend for wine first. That helps.  More importantly: For those of you who are in the process of submitting to literary journals/ magazines, I wanted to share a few resources I’m finding helpful. 1.      ...

Two and a Half Men: Giving Characters Tangible Wants & Conflicts

I often talk in my TV-writing classes about the importance of giving characters TANGIBLE wants, obstacles, conflicts, etc.  In other words, we sometimes give our characters internal objectives and obstacles– like the desire to find love, absolve guilt, give forgiveness, be at peace, etc.– but it’s important to find physical, tangible, or visual ways...

A Note About My Good Friend Earl

There’s a joke by Jay Leno that goes something like: Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. And there’s another saying, in publishing: Only work with authors who you wouldn’t mind being stranded with in...

Agent Advice: Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

his installment features Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Matt has been in the publishing community since 1985, including 14 years in the book division of the William Morris Agency. He is looking for: fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and mysteries as well as a select group of literary writers. He represents many veteran authors,...

Formatting Questions? Try This…

I’ve gotten a lot of formatting questions lately, everything from how to do slugs and shot headings to the correct way to show different sides of a phone conversation.  I’ve emailed some of you back directly (and some of you I’ll get to shortly, I promise), but I also wanted to introduce a great...

Today requires a list

  Today’s one of those days when my brain is working, yes, but my thoughts are all over the place.  I feel mentally and intellectually disorganized. It probably doesn’t help that my house is a mess. It’s not dirty, it’s cluttered. On the table next to me: 5 candles (what? who needs 5 candles...

Did your story take home the Promptly gold?

It’s that time again — time, alongside a Writer’s Digest comrade, to gnash our teeth, hold our breath and force ourselves to pick a top story from the past month’s creative cavalcade of responses to various prompts. For August-September, with the help of magazine staffer and WD Books Editor Scott Francis, we selected Megan...

Instant Publishing Tools: Getting Noticed & Visible

Today I taught an online class about instant publishing tools that can help you get exposure for your work in digital formats. Thanks to all the participants who joined me today. Here’s a summary of some of the sites & tools we reviewed (a handy reference for the attendees, as well as a good...