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


April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Wow! It looks like we’ve got even more International participation than last year, and even the North American participants are chomping at the bit. In realization that much of the world is essentially a day ahead of me, I’m going to extend the challenge deadline to May 1 at noon (EST), instead of April 30 at...

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Agent Advice: Meredith Kaffel of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency

This installment features Meredith Kaffel of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. She is seeking: “or children’s books, my first love is YA. And my YA tastes run the gamut from the highly literary (especially fish out of water tales, outsider stories told teetering from the edge, high concept novels taking on themes with gravity, up-market...

Free Online PDF Guides: Online Marketing

Today Alice Pope & I gave a webinar on how authors/writers can effectively market and promote online. (Thanks to everyone who joined us today!) For webinar attendees as well as those who didn’t join us, I’d like to share the following resources that are useful for both beginners and advanced writers. Penguin Authors Guide...

What's the difference between self-publishing and print-on-demand (POD)?

Q: What’s the difference between self-publishing and print on demand (POD)? Is one better than the other? —Rachele LaBello A: With self-publishing, a company generally charges you an upfront fee (roughly between $500 and $1,000) and then does print-runs, or large orders, just like a traditional publishing house. You pay the cost of your...

Poetry Writing Titles on Sale Through April

Our eCommerce Marketing Manager just let me know this morning that all our poetry-related Writer’s Digest Books will be on sale through the month of April. All our poetry writing books will be marked down at least 20% during the month (no offer code needed) and orders that exceed $25 get free U.S. shipping...

April PAD Challenge 2009: Rules & Blah-blah-blah

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)–tomorrow is when April begins, which means tomorrow is when the Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge begins! (Oh yeah!) Last night, I gathered some rules and answers to some frequently asked questions. Here they are: The low down on the April PAD Challenge: The Challenge starts...

Useful Google Tools You've Never Heard Of

I stumbled upon the following just today:57 Useful Google Tools for Scholars, Students, and HobbyistsA few highlights (go to the blog post for click-thru links): Picasa. This Google program makes it easy to manage your photos online and off. Users can download a photo editing and management program to their desktops which makes it...

The Risk of Innovation

I’ve been silent this past week due a company off-site innovation summit in Iola, Wisconsin (the headquarters of Krause Publications, a division of F+W Media). As part of this off-site, I presented a success story from the Writer’s Digest community related to our webinar series that launched in January 2009. (P.S. Next one happens...

Around the WD Properties: 3-30-2009

Here are some cool thingsgoing on around Writer’s Digest Webinar: Query Letter Writing        How to Write a Book Query Letter that Gets a Response         Live Event: Thursday, April 9, 2009; 1 p.m. Eastern         Submit your one-page book query letter for potential critique in this hands-on session from Writer’s Digest...

A Peek into the Mind of a Movie Producer

Hey, guys– My friend Dena Hysell, one of the founders of Secret Handshake Entertainment (Drinky Crow, Baxter & MacGuire) is one of the producers on St. Vincent, director Walter Hill‘s new movie starring Mickey Rourke.  CORRECTION:  Okay, it’s not actually St. Vincent… it’s A Little Help, starring Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell, and written...

Agent Blogs: The Best of the Best

As I mentioned in the last post, the May/June 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest has the information brainbomb article “101 Best Web Sites for Writers.” One of the categories is called “Agent Blogs” and they came to me for my top five.  Here they are and I why I chose them.  If you’re an...

May/June Issue of WD Has Interview with Stephen King, Interview with Jerry Jenkins, 101 Best Websites for Writers – Just Brimming with Awesomeness

I’ve been reading Writer’s Digest magazine since well before I was ever working for F+W Media here, and I have to say – this issue just looks like one of the coolest ever. Look at that.  Stephen King. Jerry Jenkins (Left Behind series). 101 Best Web sites for Writers. Interview with agent Barbara Poelle. A variety...

Wanna Write a Comic Book Movie?

Huge thanks to Brenda for pointing out this piece from today’s Variety, which reports that Marvel— the comic book/production company behind Spiderman, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, etc.– is putting together a group of writers, a la the Disney Fellowship Program, dedicated solely to adapting Marvel comic books into movies! Very cool! Click...

Pitch Your Idea to Producers & Agents… Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys– Huge thanks to everyone who came to last night’s pilot-writing seminar at mediabistro… it was a terrific turnout, and I really appreciate everyone coming and being so interested! For those of you who couldn’t make it… or those of you who have actual TV show ideas you’d like to pitch… or those...

Complement vs. Compliment

Q: I’m always getting the words “complement” and “compliment” confused. Can you set me straight once and for all?—Adam P. A: These two words used to give me a hard time, too, but with a little trick that I learned I was able to set it straight once and for all—and, hopefully, you will...

Last Chance to Submit for the Spinoff Contest!

Hey, guys– Just wanted to remind you that midnight tonight, March 22, is the cutoff for submissions to the Script Notes Spinoff Contest!  Submissions can be emailed to WDScriptNotes@FWPubs.com, or click HERE for all the rules! We have some awesome submissions so far… so take a shot at winning an autographed copy of Larry...

WD Editors' Intensive Cheat Sheet

A huge thanks to all the wonderful writers who are visiting our offices this weekend for Saturday’s educational workshops, plus Sunday’s critique day. I hope you took away some useful action steps on your path to publication. As promised, I’m posting some resources and links that we discussed during our time together. If I’ve...

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Agent Advice: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary

This installment features Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary. She is seeking:"chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, humor, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (women's, urban, steampunk, unique), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, dark comedies, speculative fic), narrative non-fiction (pop culture, environmental, foodie)."

My Thoughts on Seth Godin's Piece Regarding Literary Agents

Seth Godin, best-selling author and all-around successful business guru, recently posted a column called “Where Have All the Agents Gone?”  In it, basically, he talks about how “middlemen” such as stock brokers, real estate agents and travel agents are either dying or dead.  Then he wonders if literary agents are next. The point he’s trying...

BOOK REVIEW: Greenscreen Made Easy

A few weeks ago, I finished writing on Reality Binge, a Fox Reality sketch comedy/clip show, which—like The Soup and many other TV shows and movies (including Sin City, 300, and skits on shows like The Daily Show and Best Week Ever)—was shot entirely in front of a greenscreen.   It was a blast,...