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


What's In a Pitch? Examining 'Alibi Junior High'

What’s In a Pitch? is a new series that takes actual novel pitches and examines why they work successfully.  This series is designed to help writers who need help composing the pitch paragraph of their query letter, or pitching an agent in person. By the way, since I read mostly kids fiction, it will...

How I Got My Agent: Greg Gutierrez

"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...

PITCH WORKSHOP: David's Synopsis

Hey, everyone—   Huge thanks to David, a loyal reader who submitted his screenplay synopsis to the Pitch Workshop!   Here’s what David writes, open the floodgates for feedback…   Working Title: Hacktivism Genre: Thriller   Logline: An honest young programmer loses his job and finds out his wife is pregnant in the same...

Best Tweets Returns Next Week

It has been nearly 2 weeks since my last curated Twitter list—my apologies for the hiatus. This feature will resume at the end of next week. For those of you who have sent tips and additions for Best Tweets, my appreciation. I have your recommendations safely reserved. If you have a Best Tweet to...

What Agents Hate (Author 101 Series)

When writers try to get an agent, they are asked to run a difficult course, and run it under a microscope. Although the level of scrutiny that writers receive is huge, it is definitely surmountable. Read the following items that agents dislike and alter your approaches accordingly. Agents hate the following...

5 Questions You Can Ask Yourself About Stories

A little more from Glimmer Train this month—from the bulletin they just e-mailed to their writers. Go read the full bulletin here. From Ingrid Hill:  The Devil’s Trampoline: My sweet grandmother used to murmur consolingly, when I crabbed about the misery of sitting with hot rollers burning my scalp, “Honey, you have to suffer to...

Holiday Prompt: A Decision, a Laugh, a Howl

Hey writers, I’m jetting off to the lakes of exotic Indiana for the weekend. I wish you the best of Labor Days, free of any of the prompt-story trauma below. Also, on the WD Forum, I started up a new poll for the January issue of Writer’s Digest magazine: Which is your favorite type...

Zen in the Art of a Kiss and a Dream

Today’s guest post is from everyone’s favorite regular contributor, Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. Nineteen years ago, I read the nine essays of Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing and dreamed I met the legendary author. In the dream, Bradbury and I discussed a story I’d written called “The Last Housewife...

Back from Alaska Round-Up (3 Tips)

I just returned from my 1-week adventure in Alaska. It is certainly the most foreign place I’ve ever been within the United States. You can check out photos here. Here are 3 tips for your Alaska adventure: One glacier experience is probably enough to satiate your curiosity about glaciers. You haven’t experienced Alaska unless...

Agent Advice: Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary (Part II)

This installment is part II of II, and features Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary. Joe has been in the business for more than twenty years. He started as a bookseller, became the children’s fiction buyer at Barnes & Noble, worked at Houghton Mifflin, and recently at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as...

Five Signs a Literary Agent is a Good Match For You

So you’ve got a great book and you want to get it published. You could try to simply market it, sell it and negotiate it on your own, but many new to the business simply don’t feel comfortable doing that on their own. That means that it’s time to find an agent but you...

Monthly News from Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train has just selected the 50 winning entries for their first Best Start competition. Each wins $50 and makes Glimmer Train’s Best Start list. This competition is held quarterly and is open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 3,000. Each submission should be...

Mid-Week Prompt: Selling Out/Buying In

Hey writers, Promptly and some of the other WD blogs had a bit of a blackout earlier, but it appears we’re back online (I write as I compose into a Word file, cringing while optimistically eying the “Post” button). Sorry for the radio silence! Assuming all of our technical difficulties have shown mercy on...

6 First Year Lessons

The second year is in full swing. Tonight is my first literature class and this past Monday I had my first meeting for my fiction workshop.  This will probably be the only week the entire semester when there is no real work.  I take that back.  There is always real work: writewritewrite.  As promised,...

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters Trailer

Thought this was pretty funny and figured I’d share… for those of you who liked this spring’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which is already in the works to be a movie), by TV/Internet writer-producer Seth Grahame-Smith (Clark and Michael, History’s Mysteries), the next “revised classic” comes out in a couple weeks, Sense and...

Starting from the Beginning

  Hi, everyone! I wanted to start by introducing myself. I’m Kate Monahan and I’m a 2nd year MFA student at The New School University in downtown NYC.  I’m a Fiction writer and I’m currently working on a linked short story collection (which—fingers crossed— I hope will be my thesis).  I am so excited...

Can I Query Before I Finish My Novel?

Q: I’m currently writing my first novel and am about halfway finished, but I have completed an outline and synopsis. Can I start querying agents now? A: Being a first-time novelist, it’s important to finish your book before sending out any query letters. Without a track record, you have no proof that you can...