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


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Agent Jennifer Laughran Talks Juvenile Writing

This is a "Blast From the Past" post. To celebrate the GLA Blog's 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best "older" content that writers likely missed. Since I hope to one day write juvenile fiction, I sat in on a session at the San Francisco WC where agent Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/17/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Why do agents turn down good books? Outstanding summary@jamesscottbell...

Promptly Kick-Off Finale: The Damaging Dispute

Hey writers, Welcome to the last day of the Great Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. My brain tends to not fully warm up until 10:15 a.m. or so, so rather than sleep-type, I’ll back out gracefully by saying thanks for all of your awesome responses so far. We’ll pick our favorite story from the first...

10 Steps to Put Social Networking Under Your Spell

Today’s guest post is from content maven Meryl Evans. She helps businesses build and maintain relationships with clients and prospects through content. She’s also a long-time blogger who started blogging on June 1, 2000. Follow Meryl on Twitter. Do you scream for help in removing the spell that social networking has cast over you?...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JokeandBiagio.com

Hey, guys– Just wanted to point out a great new blog/website… For anyone wanting to learn more and break into reality TV, check out JokeandBiagio.com, a new blog from my good friend and super-talented reality producer Biagio Messina, which offers “tips, tricks, tales and tutorials on producing TV and film.” Biagio and his wife,...

Read My Writing and Tell Me What to Do

I laughed out loud today when reading a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Derek Sivers, where he describes the single most common request he receives from people. It’s EXACTLY what we experience every day at Writer’s Digest—and he offers the absolute right response! … the single most common request … “Take a...

Promptly Kick-Off Part 2: The Doctor is In

Hey writers, Welcome to part two of the Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. (I’ve been considering making the title even wordier, but have thus far resisted all tantalizing options.) The first prompt has generated some great responses from a broad range of voices and styles, and it’s been a thrill to read everyone’s interpretations. If...

BOOK REVIEW: Bankroll

I’ve never worked in independent film.  I like independent film. I have friends who work in independent film.  I’ve written screenplays that could be independent films.  But me, personally—I don’t think I could do it.  For one main reason… One of the main duties of an independent filmmaker is to round up money, the...

The Difference Between Authorized and Unauthorized Biographies

Q: I’m considering writing a biography about someone relatively famous in my hometown. I’ve noticed that biographies fall into one of two categories: authorized and unauthorized. What’s the difference? A:  The difference between an authorized biography and an unauthorized biography is this: An authorized biography is written with the help/cooperation of the person whom...

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New Agent Alert: Jacquie Flynn of Joelle Delbourgo Associates

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. Nonfiction areas of interest: business...

Love Prompts? You Need PROMPTLY.

Creative writing prompts (or finding inspiration) is one of the most popular, evergreen topics at Writer’s Digest. So this week we’re very proud to launch a new blog called Promptly by Writer’s Digest editor Zachary Petit. Promptly will offer prompts, activities, and inspiration—and a little positive reinforcement in the form of free books that...

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How I Got My Agent: Alice J. Wisler

"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...

17 Reasons Why Book Manuscripts Are Rejected

This post has been up for a while, but I just now saw it so I want to give it a shout out.  It’s a  post over on The Adventurous Writer blog talking about 17 Reasons Why Book Manuscripts Are Rejected.  The answers come from agents and editors alike.  It’s a very good post. ...

New WD Writing Prompts Blog! (and a Cool Webinar Coming Up)

Zac Petit, my coworker and all-around awesome guy, has started a brand new blog dedicated to writing prompts.  He will be posting prompts three times a week and the best writer response this week will collect several writing books as a prize.  Sounds pretty sweet – check it out! Query Letter, Anyone? Also, my...

Promptly Kick-Off Challenge

Welcome writers, one and all. For a call to arms (and an explanation of just what exactly is going on in here), check out the post below. But if you’re ready to write … Jump into the official Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. Here’s how we’ll do it: I’ll post a prompt every other day...

A Call to Arms

It’s a curse. A bloodsucking curse, robbing our stories with the thirst of those Twilight vampires, eating away our passion and making our writing numb with—     OK, OK, well maybe not exactly a curse, but a catastrophic little problem inherent to our craft: writer’s block. I fidget; I stare at the screen. I’m...

About Promptly

All of us writers need a little help sometimes, whether it’s to break block, to get back in a groove, to feel part of a community, to flex the muscle that lets us do this strange thing we do, or to merely pour some gasoline on The Words—the ones that make our characters do...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/10/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.) Best of Best Do Self-Publishing Services Take Advantage of Writers? (via @selfpubreview)@thecreativepenn...

Twitter: Food for the Muse

Today’s guest post is from monthly contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter. (That’s her not-naked Twitter profile pic above.) Are there more writers than social media marketing gurus, naked people, or insatiable sex addicts on Twitter? Well, marketing gurus may have us beat. But, at least, there are a few worth following for...

Not All Books Need to Be Well-Written to Sell

If you’re writing a nonfiction book, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether your book is more about ideas/information or art. If your book is more about ideas/information, it means: you need credibility or authority of some kind in your subject area to be taken seriously by publishers and other insiders...

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How to Write a Novel Synopsis

- First of all, synopses have a specific format. They begin on a new page and should have all your contact information in the upper left corner of the first page. Just below your contact info, centered, should be the book’s title, its genre and your name. - The body of the synopsis is double-spaced. -...