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


VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Benjamin Gump"

Hey, movie fans– I haven’t actually seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but thanks to this video… you won’t need to!  Props to Rick for sending this over.  Check it out… hilarious!  (I especially loved it because I find Forrest Gump one of the most over-rated movies ever… although it has a great...

Get a Makeover for Your Nonfiction Book Concept

My most popular writing conference session in 2008 was all about creating high-powered nonfiction book concepts. Most people concentrate on writing the proposal, but don’t realize that without a salable and compelling hook to anchor it, you can have the best proposal in the word, but it won’t sell. Because it’s such a popular...

8 Articles/Posts All Writers Should Have Read in 2008

The eBook Problem and The eBook Solution (Booksquare)Read it for a basic understanding of the issues related to e-book publishing and distribution. When Kassia Krozser leads by saying that e-books will not be the next big thing, though, that’s not really the point of the article. Just keep reading. Story vs. Book: The Future...

How Does an International Author Get Postage to Have SASEs Returned?

Q: I live outside the United States. Most queries require a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE), but if I put my own country’s stamp on the SASE, it won’t be valid when posted back from the United States. How does an international author get postage to have SASEs returned? —Bhaskar Majumdar A: Don’t fret, as...

Joss Whedon's Writing Tips

Special thanks to Brian Klems for finding this awesome piece with Joss Whedon‘s top ten writing rules (compliments of Catherine Bray, 4Talent magazine, and Danny Stack).  I found this super-helpful… especially the first one, which– quite honestly– is a HUGE problem of mine. Anyway, happy MLK Day, and click HERE enjoy some sage advice...

Party Pics… Better Late Than Never

Hey, folks– Sorry these are late, but we finally got some of the photos from last month’s book party for Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business , at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood, up on the Mediabistro website!  Click HERE to check ’em out… hope you enjoy! Also, the...

Cool Map of Digital Landscape!

While reading Mark Coker’s blog (for Smashwords), I stumbled upon this wonderful map of the digital publishing landscape. Even though it’s in Spanish, it offers an amazing visual of the new publishing universe. It also makes me want to run out and buy an iPhone, though that’s also encouraged by my recent research into...

MOVIE TALK: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (opening tomorrow night) is silly, stupid, juvenile, riddled with logic holes, and rarely hilarious… yet, somehow, surprisingly endearing. Written by star Kevin James and “King of Queens” writer Nick Bakay, the family-friendly (especially if that family is mostly boys) story follows Paul Blart (James), an overweight, hypoglycemic police academy flunkie...

Do You Need to Find an Illustrator Before Querying an Agent?

Q. Good morning! I have written a small collection of short stories designed to read to young children and I have questions about illustrations.  I am wondering what the advantages are in finding your own illustrator for your work vs. letting a publisher find one for you? Do publishers often find illustrators for you?...

Using Twitter: Do You Have Tips?

After perusing this directory of publishing industry people on Twitter, I finally created a Twitter account for the Writer’s Digest community (@WritersDigest if you would like to follow, and @JaneFriedman if you would like to specifically follow me). I have been quite lax in using Twitter; right now I prefer Facebook and blogging. If...

Information on Writer's Digest Webinars

New in 2009, Writer’s Digest is launching a series of webinars (which you may have seen me post about last week). Each webinar has a specific benefit or focus, like how to land an agent or how to write a nonfiction book proposal—the kind of sessions you attend at a writers conference. At first,...

Covering the Cover Letter

Q: I’ve written a personal essay for a magazine that invites its readers to submit “meaningful remembrances.” The submission guidelines state that submitted articles are welcome for review. Should I send a query letter or send the essay along with a cover letter? What format should I use?—Carla V. Britt A: Cover letters generally...

READER QUESTION: I'm looking for a specific movie script…

Today’s reader question comes from Safeena, who writes: “Do you by any chance have the full script of Under the Same Moon? I wanted to perform an interpretation for a speech competition, but I can’t find it anywhere.” Unfortunately, Safeena, I don’t have that particular script (although I loved the movie), but I can...

Video Awesomeness

Hey, TV-lovers… Just wanted to let you know about a couple really cool online video things… First of all, AMC— the cable network that brought you Mad Men and Breaking Bad— is doing a remake of The Prisoner (starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan), one of my favorite shows ever… and one of the...

Regarding E-Queries to Agents

Q. When an agent asks that a “query letter” be submitted “by e-mail,” does that mean that I should send an appropriately-formatted letter on my stationery as a pdf, or should it be an actual e-mail?      – Timothy A. She means you need to send it in an actual e-mail.  The text should...

MOVIE TALK: The Unborn

Writer/director David S. Goyer’s “The Unborn,” which opens today, is a perfect movie to review—especially from a writing perspective—because it’s a shining example of exactly how NOT to write a horror movie… or any movie in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre. “The Unborn” tells the story of Casey (Odette Yustman), a twenty-something college student who finds...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Wendy's feedback (Entry #9)

I wanted to take today to respond to Wendy’s sitcom idea, “Three-Two-One,” which she submitted to the pitch workshop last month.  First of all—Wendy, thanks so much for submitting this!  And another huge thanks to everyone who posted a comment!   For those of you just coming to the party, here’s Wendy’s synopsis for...

Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in WD's First Webinar

Welcome to all the webinar participants from today’s free session: 5 Tips to Getting Published in Tough Times! Here are links to the sites I recommended in my presentation: Publishers Marketplace MediaBistro BoSacks Read Write Web Chris Brogan Tools of Change for Publishing Also: Our first paid webinar will be on January 15, all...