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


November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Okay, this prompt may be a little out there, but it’s inspired by a few albums I’ve listened to (and loved) over the years. They’ll have kind of a foreshadowing or refrain piece that shares a snippet of a song to come later on the album. And I want you to write a foreshadowing...

TV Writing Interview: Part II… Take a Listen!

Hey, everyone– A couple weeks ago, the Alive! Authors Network posted the first part of Breaking In and Breaking Through the TV Business, Judith Parker Harris‘s 3-part interview with me about TV writing… how to get your foot in the door, get noticed, and excel in the world of television. Well, Judith has now...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Okay, we’ve made it through the first day. We’ve got our first poems and our themes established. Now, let’s get to the second prompt, which is to write a declaration poem: that is, a poem that makes a statement about your theme. A good way to attack this poem may be to write it...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Good morning. Here we are. Another PAD challenge. Feels like it was just a few weeks ago we were doing one, but I guess it hasn’t been since April. This time around I’m going to be throwing out a prompt (and my attempt at a poem) each day, but we’re going to do it...

Let's Talk Copyright

A few people were talking copyright today, so I figured I would blog about the subject, as it’s something that writers are very interested in.  (Not surpringly, no one wants to get their work stolen.)  Here are some common copyright Q&As. Q. If you mail yourself a copy of your manuscript and then never...

Help American Idol Writers Fight for Fair Wages and Equal Rights!

Hey, writers– We’ve talked a lot here about reality TV writers’ fight for fair pay and equitable treatment.  Reality writers are often paid less-than-minimum wages, work illegally long hours, and rarely get breaks or meals… yet they’re writing jokes, breaking stories, and crafting scenes just like writers on The Tonight Show or The Simpsons...

Poets Helping Poets: What Makes a Great Chapbook?

In anticipation of the November PAD Challenge (which starts Saturday!), I threw out the above question to members of the Poetic Asides group on FaceBook: What makes a great chapbook? Here’s what some of them had to say: An interesting mix of poems on the same theme, not always by the same writer but...

BOOK REVIEW: The Sound Effects Bible

A friend of mine, Biagio Messina, who’s a super-talented TV producer and filmmaker, once told me: “The easiest way to make something LOOK good… is to make something SOUND good.”  (I may be paraphrasing, but that’s how I remember it.) And he’s right. A few weeks ago at work, we shot a sketch with...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 026 (On Thursday)

As I was in the middle of typing up the Wednesday Poetry Prompt yesterday, my Internet service went down. Apparently, some construction crew cut through a cable that disabled all their operations in Georgia. Anyway, I finally got my service around 9:15 this morning. So, here is the prompt I wrote yesterday. ***** This’ll...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #7

Today’s Script Notes Pitch Workshop submission comes from Mary S., who sends in the following logline for her feature project… “In the feature length romantic comedy, American Breakfast, a bi-cultural young Latino flees an unjust U.S. sentence and clears away the wreckage of his irresponsible past in a quirky coastal Mexican village where he...

Interview With Poet Nin Andrews

I don’t usually post interviews on back-to-back days, but I thought I’d make an exception in this case, because it might be the last interview posted until after November with this November PAD (poem-a-day) challenge coming up. And I’m just so excited to share Nin Andrews with anyone who hasn’t read her work. You...

Prevent (Self) Defense(iveness)

This week is, of course, Halloween– our tribute to the old Celtic festival Samhain, and the appropriate time for the professions of nurse/doctor/army chick/hobbit to suddenly become intensely “sexy.” A lot of you may be asking, “Kev, what particularly hilarious costume have you come up with for the festivities on ol’ Hallow’s Eve?” and...

Looking for Agent/Editor Feedback

Here at Writer’s Digest Books, we’re in the process of updating our popular title, Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, and are looking for insight from agents/editors on how the industry is changing. Here are a few things we’re interested in knowing. How have queries and submissions changed for you in recent years? Do you...

Interview With Poet Tom Lombardo

Poetry is often at its best when it’s helping readers gain greater insights into life. In the case of After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events, edited by Tom Lombardo (Sante Lucia Books), poems have been chosen to help readers to recover from subjects such as war, abuse, addiction, death, and more....

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #6

Hey, guys— Wanted to take some time today to respond to our most recent submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop.  Thanks to Matt for submitting his work, and thanks also to Janine for her thoughtful online response.  Matt, I hope you found Janine’s thoughts helpful, and I just thought I’d add my own...

Agents & Editors: What Has Changed About the Submissions Process?

At Writer’s Digest Books, we’re in the process of updating our popular title Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript and are looking for insight from agents/editors on how the industry is changing. Here are a few things we’re interested in knowing. How have queries and submissions changed for you in recent years? Do you request...

NaNoWriMo for Poets? PAD Challenge for November?

Okay, we’re getting closer to November, which for some writers of fiction means it’s getting closer to NaNoWriMo time. (Btw, NaNoWriMo translates into National Novel Writing Month.) There are would be novelists lining up to attempt writing 50,000 words or more during the month of November. There’s even a NaNoWriMo website you can visit...

When an Agent Loses Your Pages…

Q. Perhaps it is the influence of the instant age of communication, but I would have assumed sending a synopsis and pages to an agent who says they want your work (at least to consider it), I must confess I am rather surprised it takes as long as it used to back in the...

On Being Skipped (or: How Your Book Gets Sold Into Bookstores)

There’s a blog offering the best explanation ever of how your book gets sold into bookstore chains, by the marketing manager at John Wiley & Sons. Here’s a brief snippet: But bookstores are businesses, not public conveniences. No store has the responsibility to carry every book published — although, to be honest, that’s a...

Christina Katz Post #4

Hi all, Here is the fourth installment of author platform advice from Get Known Before the Book Deal author Christina Katz. Enjoy, Scott 20 Dual Questions About Your Author Platform #4: Where is the best place to build a platform? / Where will you build your platform? By Christina Katz   A lot of...

Tough Times

Hi everyone, Sorry for the lapse in blogging. I haven’t had a lot of spare time lately. With the suffering economy, my work hours are spent scurrying to put together marketing pieces in hopes of generating revenue for my company. I’m sure many of you can relate in your own respective jobs. As the...

MOVIE TALK: Changeling

Hey, guys– Saw Changeling last night, the new movie by director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski (former Writers Digest columnist/author!), and I have to say: This movie is many things… •  A disturbing psychological thriller•  A restrained “little-guy-takes-on-the-system” drama•  A great screenwriting lesson•  A scathing indictment of the Bush administration Based on...

Writer's Digest Subscribers vs. Newsstand Buyers

Everyone has offered such wonderful comments on the magazine covers that I wanted to share/review some of them: Mary Ulrich comments: I would think you have two audiences, the subscribers and the people who will buy WD off the shelves.  The first sample has more of the “Entertainment tonight” appeal and might hook the...