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


Harlequin's Self-Publishing Venture: Is It the Future of Publishing?

As I observed the writing community’s reaction to Harlequin Horizons last week, I felt incredible sympathy for the people at Harlequin. It appears they’ve been blind-sided by vitriolic outrage from all sides—unpublished writers, published authors, writers organizations, industry professionals. For those who aren’t familiar with the story yet, Harlequin announced a...

24 Agents Who Want Your Work

Every year, Writers Digest asks me to assemble a short list of agents who are actively seeking new work from writers.  (I call it “The List.”)  Well, The List came out in the Oct. 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest.  But it is now online for all to see.  It’s a special...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/20/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best 4 mistakes commonly made by beginning writers (by Caro Clarke) @inkyelbows 24...

Agent Advice: Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media

This installment features Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media. Peter has more than 15 years of publishing experience. He has worked as an active agent for more than ten of those years and served as Rights Director for two literary agencies. Peter studied creative writing, journalism, and literature at Virginia...

New Agent Alert: Justine Wenger of Emma Sweeney Agency, LLC

Editor's note: Justine is no longer listed on the agency website. Do not query her unless her name reappears. 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...

The “Flight of the Navigator” Synopsis

This time it's Flight of the Navigator. In book terms, this would be considered fun middle grade, considering the protagonist is 12. More specifically, it would probably be a science fiction adventure. Concerning this synopsis, I cut all out mentions that Max's home planet was called Phaelon. I cut all info...

Cover Band Soap Opera: 'You Got to Fight For Your Right'

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up of us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This...

Tip on Writing for Money, Plus a Thanksgiving Prompt

Here’s the hot tip: No. 5 from the Top 20 Tips From WD in 2009 series: “I remind myself that my income is contingent on the pages I produce, and ifI don’t write pages I don’t get paid—and pretty soon in my mind I can seemyself living in an abandoned truck....

Accepting rejection: 5 for Friday

5 quotes on rejection offering inspiration for when you need it most:  “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped...

Filling the Creative Well

  My creative well is empty. And it gets worse—something has happened to my brain. I’m forgetting things. I have failed to register for next semester’s classes, pick up my husband’s shirts from the dry cleaners (3 days in a row), put the milk back in the fridge. I am writing...

Story Collections Make Some Noise

  People often ask me what I am working on. And so I tell them the truth: I’m working on a story collection. The reaction is often the same: a pained expression, a sigh, or once—someone rubbed my arm with sympathy. And then there are the people that lean in and...

How I Got My Agent: Colin Broderick

"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,...

Diversity in Writers Rooms? Think Again…

Interesting, but sad, article in this morning’s Variety… detailing the WGA’s 2009 Hollywood Writers Report about diversity amongst writers.  And it turns out… there isn’t much. “White males continue to dominate in both the film and television sectors,” says Darnell Hunt, the UCLA professor who wrote the study. “Although women and...

Lead, Lead or Led?

Q: What’s the difference between “lead” and “led”?—Jake S. A: “Lead” has two specific meanings. As a noun, lead (pronounced like “bread”) is a metallic element. It’s labeled on the periodic table as “Pb” and sometimes found in really old paint. The U.S. government banned lead paint in 1978. Lead pencils...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mike Chen

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Mike Chen. Mike Chen is a...

Agent Irene Goodman Auctions Off Critiques

Literary agent Irene Goodman of the Irene Goodman Agency in New York is auctioning off 25 critiques this December, with all proceeds going toward Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Deafness Research Foundation. If you’ve ever wanted to get a thorough critique from someone who knows their stuff and has helped launch...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JayCut.com

Wanted to pass along a pretty cool website… For those of you who don’t need all the bells and whistles (or pricetags) of Final Cut or Avid, but still want to edit home movies or online videos, check out JayCut— a simple online editing application that lets you upload and edit...

Stephen King on Creating Believable Bad Guys

They’re not hard to spot: One-dimensional. Predictable. Occasionally drawing up half-hearted ruses and doomsday scenarios, perhaps with a cigar and some maniacal laughter. Bad bad guys. So what’s a key to breaking out of the stale villain mold, no matter what you write? Stephen King offers his thoughts in today’s installment...