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


A Letter To Myself

Dear Kevin, Sup, friend!? That was a pretty nice Memorial Day weekend, wasn’t it? Yes, I know you were technically “working” but, really, how much work is it to cover a sailing event on Nantucket? No, you’re right; it is kind of a pain to write things down longhand, especially when it’s windy. I...

On Handling Criticism and Critique Groups

Over the weekend, I was asked by a poet for tips on how to handle criticism as he tried thinking out whether he should join a writing critique group. With his work, he was afraid of a few things: He wouldn’t be able to handle the critiques. That is, he was afraid too much...

Here, there & everywhere!

Okay, had a great Memorial Day weekend with my boys. And I’m now super tired, because something told me it was a good idea to go for a 3 1/2-mile run late last night and then follow it up with a 4-miler this morning. But such is life when trying to get in shape with...

Kill Your Darlings (and other terrifying advice)

Hi Writers,Following up on my previous post, the Ira Glass storytelling video, there were some interesting comments on the forum. I mentioned that I really took to what Glass had to say about killing much of your work so that the best can live. And this brought up the anxiety-inducing advice that all writers...

Writer's Conference

Hi Writers, Writer’s conferences are great places to network with other writers, get a chance to talk with editors and agents, and meet successful authors. Next week I’m headed to the 2008 Book Expo America Writer’s Digest Books Writers Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The conference is on Wednesday (May 28). It runs...

Female Poet Laureate?!?

Found these articles this week on the poet laureate situation in England: * “Call for female poet laureate,” by Gary Bills-Geddes from Ledbury Reporter * “Pressure on Burnham over female poet,” from The First Post * “Queen is asked to appoint first female Poet Laureate after 22 men in 340 years,” by Arifa Akbar...

What Are the Upfronts?

Hey, screenwriters— As many of you know, last week was television’s biggest week of the year… the New York upfronts… and I’ve gotten several emails discussing, speculating, and asking about this year’s announcements.  Several people asked exactly what the upfronts are, so I wanted to take a moment and discuss… what exactly are the...

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Hi Writers,I want to share this wonderful, instructional video I came across: Ira Glass on the art of storytelling. I’m a huge NPR “This American Life” fan and I also recommend “This American Life” on Showtime, which I suppose you might call short video stories of real people. The following video was produced to...

Positioning

Hi Writers, Today I was reading a chapter on “Positioning” in a book called Write as a Verb by author and motivational speaker Bill O’Hanlon. O’Hanlon writes about how important it is for a book to “occupy a unique position in the marketplace” and that it not “appear like too many other books already...

April PAD Challenge: Awards Ceremony

It’s been 3 weeks since the end of the April PAD Challenge. I hope everyone’s continued writing regularly since the end–even if that only means a poem or two per week. After all, that’s part of the challenge, I think, is turning writing into a regular (or, at the very least, semi-regular) routine. Based...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 003

Today’s prompt is to write a family connection poem–emphasizing the relationship between two or more family members. This can be between you and your parent(s), you and your children, you and your adopted third cousin, twice removed (whatever that means). Preferably, this is a poem between you and another family member or members; but...

Can You Copyright a Pseudonym?

Q: Do I need to get a copyright for a pseudonym, or will a copyright for the book under my chosen pen name be sufficient?—Al de Araujo A: The name H.G. Wells isn’t copyrighted. Neither is Michael Crichton. Why? Under U.S. law you can’t copyright a name, real or fictitious. Copyrights protect authorship, such...

Writing through Recession

Hi Writers,Well, I have to admit to feeling more than the usual post-Catholic-childhood guilt lately. Not only is there a global economic recession and I’m actually employed in a volatile industry; The Ultimate Cheapskate (below) yelled at me for my fondness for expensive, frothy espresso drinks. You could argue that there’s never really been...

The (Almost) Summer Reading List

I know, friends that it’s not yet summer. Trust me, I know. Boston  has apparently decided that Mother Nature’s iPod is going to play the  Make it Rain (remix) over and over, and it is forcing me to stay  inside, which is making me cranky and nearly translucent. And while  I’ve been sitting here...

Cool Dialogue Contest!

Fun contest online! Agent Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown, LTD is sponsoring a new contest to find the next great writer who can compose scintillating speech and dominating dialogue (not to mention awesome alliteration). It’s a dialogue contest!  Being that my first love was playwriting, this contest excites me (and I may even submit). ...

My Weekend

Good morning everyone, I had a super busy weekend (more fence painting, a black belt ceremony at my Tae Kwon Do school, my wife left for Boston to attend a graphic design conference, dinner with my sister and my brother in law…). I also had a booksigning at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Helene Cardona

It sometimes seems like all published poets wear many different hats in addition to their poetry cap. Helene Cardona exemplifies this as much (if not more) than any poet. When she’s not a poet, she’s an actress with credits in movies such as Chocolat and Mumford. She’s also an equestrian, dancer, dream analyst, and...

VIDEOS OF THE DAY: Take That, Bill O'Reilly!

Hey, sketch and satire writers– I’m guessing you’ve all seen the video burning up the Internet of Bill O’Reilly melting down on Inside Edition a few years ago.  Well, even better are these two shorts– Stephen Colbert‘s brilliantly written “defense” of him, and Barely Political‘s “unseen footage” of O’Reilly’s off-screen producer.  This is some...

Maria Gets Cheap

Hi Writers,I met up with one of my favorite WD forumistas this morning at the Joseph-Beth bookstore here in Cincy—the one and only “Ultimate Cheapskate” (aka Jeff Yeager). Jeff has been pedaling his bike around the country on a book tour to spread his gospel of cheapness. You can read all about Jeff and...

Poetry Publishing Basics

Many new poets have become readers of Poetic Asides since when it began more than 10 months ago. And with close to 300 total posts, it’s not a good idea for me to expect you to dig around looking for helpful publishing information. So, I’m going to give a real quick Poetry Publishing 101. (If...

Lucienne Diver Moves to the Knight Agency

Lucienne Diver, an accomplished and experienced agent has moved from the Spectrum Agency to The Knight Agency. I got the chance to meet Lucienne when I was presenting in Florida and she was a joy to be around.  I learned the news by reading the blog of Nephele Tempest, another agent at Knight. If...

Signatures

Hi Everyone, More great comments are coming in (thankyou). S Miller offered a comment on yesterday’s post about the etiquette of including her signature block in a “reply-all” email. Your signature block (a block of text with your contact info, links, etc.) is a very simple and very effective marketing tool. The great thing about them is...