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


Is a Quick or Slow Response Time a Sign?

Q. I submitted a query to an agent (with the exact info she requested from the WM site). I expected a response in 3 weeks.  I got a very detailed and polite rejection e-mail 7 hours later.  Should I take this as some sort of negative sign?  7 hours? A: I’d say no because...

5 Ways Writers & Book Publishers Need to Embrace Change NOW

In today’s writing and publishing industry, knowing how to change and quickly adapt to change can be your biggest competitive asset. This has been a key takeaway for me from the weekly Twitter editorchats that I started participating in last week. The discussions often focus on industry change and trends, especially in relation to...

CW 2009-2010 Schedule

Hey, guys– Here’s the new schedule from the CW, and the final broadcast upfront of the year… CW 2009-2010 schedule You might also like:No Related Posts

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New Agent Alert: Chasya Milgrom of Dystel & Goderich

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. Areas of interest: literary fiction,...

3 Reasons Why You Should NEVER Pitch at BEA

I’ve said it before—and many other people have said it, too—but it always bears repeating. Do not go to the BookExpo America trade show to pitch your book or self-published book to a traditional publisher or to an agent. The only exception to this rule are well-known authors who get into the trade show...

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How I Got My Agent: Chuck Sambuchino

"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...

ABC & NBC New 2009-2010 Schedules… with clips!

Hey, folks– Here’s the latest from the upfronts, ABC and NBC‘s schedules… ABC 2009-2010 Schedule NBC 2009-2010 Schedule Also, for your viewing pleasure, some clips from the upcoming shows… FOX’s Human Target, Past Life, Brothers, Cleveland, and Sons of Tucson ABC’s Cougar Town, starring Courtney Cox ABC’s remake of V You might also like:No...

Will Agents Try to Scam You With Small Costs?

Q. Any red flags to look for regarding cost reimbursements (mailings, etc.) in case they try to make money that way? A: As a refresher for everyone, you never want to pay agents money upfront to represent you.  The only money you should every pay an agent are small amounts so that they can...

Why Do Agents Have to Love a Book to Take It On?

Q. Why do agents need to “love” a book?  Can’t they simply recognize commercial viability without loving it, and take on a project on that basis alone?        – Anonymous A: Absolutely. With nonfiction and commercial (genre) fiction, they can often size something up to be “easily salable” and take it on for...

Great Agent Advice from Pennwriters

This was my fourth year speaking at the wonderfully run Pennwriters annual conference. I gave a workshop on building platform, critiqued nonfiction with editor Matt Holliday (Pennsylvania magazine) and agent Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency, and participated on a nonfiction Q&A panel with Matt. Aside from Uwe Stender, other agents in attendance were:...

FOX's New Primetime Schedule

Hey, all– It’s upfront week in New York, where all the broadcast networks are revealing their 2009-2010 schedules.  FOX went first, announcing this morning… Click HERE for the full Variety article with all the scoop on new shows and scheduling! You might also like:No Related Posts

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/15/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet Great discussion on social media for book marketing  @joeljmiller Others Read @yodiwan on the level of professionalism publishers like to see from bloggers, even amateurs...

Before You Decide to Pursue an MFA: 7 Essential Tips

Today we have a guest post from Writer’s Digest author Tim Lemire (I’m an English Major, Now What). Getting your MFA degree in creative writing sounds alluring, especially with the job market in the doldrums: “I think I’ll take a couple years off and work on the Craft.” But before you pack your bags...

MOVIE TALK: Angels & Demons

Hey, guys– So sorry I’ve been awol for several days… we upgraded our software, and due to some unforeseen technical glitches, I haven’t been able to post! But I’m glad to be back, and wanted to take today to talk a bit about Angels & Demons, Imagine and Ron Howard‘s sequel to The Da...

Agents and the Slushpile: 10 Reasons They Stop Reading

My friend Kerrie Flanagan, who runs the Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference (in Fort Collins) recently pointed me to a guest blog column on her site.  The guest column examined a session at a recent writers’ conference where four literary agents listened to a few pages from a slush pile submission.  The agents would listen...

Are There Any Guys in SCBWI?

I’ve done a lot of nonfiction writing, but I am a newbie to the children’s writing world and am trying to get involved and learn things and make friends, etc.  All this lead me to my first regional SCBWI meeting.  There were 18 people, and only one dude – me. Are there any guys...

News, Events, and Free Info at Writer's Digest

Today I’m taking a little break to let you know about some other stuff happening at Writer’s Digest. Tomorrow I leave for the Pennwriters conference in Pittsburgh and will be Tweeting (@JaneFriedman) and blogging throughout the weekend. Cool stuff on other WD blogs What Should You Include on Your Bio for Agents? Interview with...

What Should You Include in Your Bio for Agents?

Q: I’ve recently finished my first novel and have begun searching for an agent to represent me. Some of the agents ask for a writer’s bio. Could you please tell me exactly what information I should include in this bio? What should be left out?—Terrie Smith A: Writers are often advised to write bios...

Should You Mention Your Age in a Book Query?

Q. How old do you need to be in order to publish a book? Is there a specific age limit?         – Stacia A. There is no age limit, Stacia.  Didn’t S.E. Hinton write The Outsiders when she was just 15?       The bigger question here is whether you should mention your young...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/8/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments.) Best Tweet 10 Common Writing Mistakes @DanielLiterary Others The Renegade Writer Blog » Connecting with Editors on Social Media” @meghnaK @JeremiahTolbert with 5 lies writers believe about...