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


Get Your Short Fiction Published in WD

In Writer’s Digest magazine, we have only one spot for fiction—the Your Story contest. Readers write pieces in response to an open prompt in every issue, and after magazine staffers narrow down the entries, the members of our online communities vote on their favorites. Ultimately, one winner takes our lone fiction...

Conference Spotlight: Digital Book World

A new exciting conference from Writer's Digest, Publishers Lunch and other groups is coming up fast. It's Digital Book World, and it's the first conference dedicated to assessing challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age, and how to best develop actionable strategies to leverage new tools.

Agent Advice: Lori Perkins of L. Perkins Agency

This installment features Lori Perkins, founder of the L. Perkins Agency. Lori graduated from NYU with a B.A. in art history and journalism. She seeks: horror, social science fiction, dark fantasy, dark literary novels and erotica. In nonfiction, she handles books about pop culture (music, art, film, TV, etc) and she is...

Footnotes: 8 Articles on Synopsis Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Writing a good synopsis for your novel or memoir can be one of the hardest and most frustrating things we have to do as writers. Today I’m serving up...

New Agent Alert: Nettie Hartsock of Max & Co.

Editor's Note: Nettie contacted me in May 2010 and said she was no longer agenting. Please do not query her. 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...

The “Punch-Drunk Love” Synopsis

This time it's Punch-Drunk Love, my second attempt at a "literary fiction" story. The female lead here, Lena, is somewhat bland, so the synopsis rests on showing the strange-yet-likeable nature of Barry, and explaining his arc, because it is a big one.

How I Got My Agent: A.C. Arthur

"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,...

Being Resolute on Your New Year’s Writing Resolution

They resurface in lost pockets every so often, covered in lint, scrawled on Post-it notes. I analyze them like an archaeologist, studying their messages—some successful, others negotiable, others well, less than so. Go Europe. Quit Smoking. Sell book. Fried food: No. Take more photos; take photos of anything other than [delightful...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessica Monday

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 Jessica Monday. Jessica Monday is a...

TV's Biggest Blunders

Hey, foiks– just wanted to point you toward a fun list… James Hibberd lists the biggest TV blunders of the decade in this morning’s Hollywood Reporter… pretty dead-on, if you ask me… Click HERE to check out the list! You might also like:No Related Posts

What is an Author Platform?

I’ve talked about platform before on the blog but it’s always a nice refresher to get a different perspective and a reminder of 1) what it is, and 2) why it’s important. To do that, I’m turning to a book I’m reading right now: Christina Katz’s Get Known Before the Book...

A Practical Guide to Holiday Creativity

Portly men are tumbling down chimneys, stores abound with merry chaos, and if you still don’t have to go back to work, you might be at home with your relatives—and your writing. How do you make the most of the holidays and go into the new year productive?* No one likes...

Footnotes: 7 ''Best Of'' Lists for Great 2009 Books

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. “Best Of” lists abound...

Should You Start With Plot or Character(s)?

Whether plot or character comes first when composing a novel is sort of like the chicken and egg thing. It greatly depends on the author’s point of view. Plot and character are so entwined that it’s often hard to even separate the two. Like all elements of a novel-dialogue, exposition, description,...

This Is Never Going to Work

Today (catching up on reading), I read the New York Times story of how Reader’s Digest is trying to re-invent itself—or stay alive. A few highlights from the article: Posters in the corridors of this mostly empty building trumpet something called the FACE plan, an acronym for fast, accountable, candid and...

5 Things That Make Me Stop Reading Websites & Blogs

Just in case you missed it, my first contribution to Writer Unboxed went live last week: 5 Things That Make Me Stop Reading Websites & Blogs It’s generated a lot of excellent discussion (45 comments!), where I’ve contributed some additional tips and answered questions. I think the discussion also made me...

Books! Books! And more books!

  -One of my overflowing bookcases- I am obsessed with books. What writer isn’t? It’s a problem actually—the piles of books beside the nightstand, under the coffee table, all over the kitchen table. And then there are the three overflowing bookcases. My mother actually gave my husband and me a huge...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Debbie Fuhry

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 Debbie Fuhry. Debbie Fuhry is a...

Agent Advice: Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates, Inc.

This installment features Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates, Inc. Katie has been an agent for two years. She seeks: literary fiction, mystery, women's fiction, historical fiction, thrillers/suspense, short stories, multi-cultural, offbeat/quirky, young adult, middle-grade, and children's literature. Her nonfiction interests are: history, biography, religion, science, drama/music, multi-cultural, memoirs, travel, adventure/true story,...