Writing Editor Blogs

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


Questions & Quandaries
by Brian Klems

Don’t know the difference between “who” and “whom”? Facing an ethical dilemma about accepting gifts from subjects? Let the informative (and humorous) columnist Brian A. Klems answer some of your most pressing grammatical, ethical, business and writing-related questions. Check out his advice and don’t hesitate to ask a question—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


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


April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Today’s prompt is to write a “ramble poem.” That is, I want you to write a poem where you just start rambling without worrying about where you’re headed. Very interesting things can happen in these poems. And don’t worry about the interesting things, because they tend to just happen if you let yourself ramble....

THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME: "Shine A Light"

A couple days ago I said I didn’t want this blog to turn into a movie review site.  And now I’m thinking… why the hell not?!  I mean, we’re here to write movies, right?!  So shouldn’t we be looking at movies, TV series, online shows… even plays and live performances… and talking about them?!...

April PAD Challenge: Day 6

As mentioned in the previous post, today’s prompt involves recording all the details of your day and generating a poem from that material. To make the poem interesting, you probably do NOT want to just list out everything from the beginning of the day to the end. But then again, you could prove me...

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My Adventures in Fort Collins…

I'm in Colorado wrapping up the Northern Colorado Writers' Conference and, let me just say, it has been an excellent conference from start to finish. Kudos to organizer Kerrie Flanagan for doing such a great job. I presented on query letters and gave the keynote speech after dinner the first night. Of note was...

April PAD Challenge: Day 5 (& possibly 6)

Okay, apparently libraries are not open in Eastern Tennessee on Saturdays. I’m currently coming to you live from an arcade in a tiny mall on the main strip of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Woo-hoo! The Day 5 prompt is to write a poem of worry. Also known as a worry poem. Anything that causes you worry...

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Sorry for the late post today. It’s been a doozy of a morning. First, the power was knocked out by some intense storms early this morning, so my alarm did not wake me up this morning. Luckily, my girlfriend called–giving me just enough time to rush over and make my oil change appointment (in...

In honor of National Poetry Month

Hi Writers,It’s National Poetry Month, so I thought I’d offer up an excerpt courtesy of our wonderful new Poetry columnist Dorianne Laux. This is from the June 08 issue of Writer’s Digest (on newwstands 4/15), from a column on word choice:There’s something in the name Romeo—those three sweet, open syllables—that our English-speaking ears have...

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

As with many programs, getting through the 3rd day is usually the toughest. So I’m going to try and make Day 3 a little easier to help everyone complete the first 10% of our challenge. The way I look at it 3 days should equal 3 lines; in other words, today we’ll be writing...

(Fore)going Postal

Hi Writers,Please excuse me for abruptly ending My Archival Wanderings without proper closure, but I have a wonderful excuse: Our managing editor (and contributor to this blog) Kara Gebhardt Uhl had a baby this weekend. Congratulations Kara! I’ll keep posting My Archival Wanderings occasionally, when the spirit moves me. But just to let you...

WHAT NOT TO WRITE: Leatherheads

Hey, screenwriters– Today’s post is brought to us by Martin Scorsese‘s new Rolling Stones IMAX movie, Shine A Light.  (Okay, not really, but it looks incredible, so do yourselves a favor and check it out.)  And while I haven’t seen it yet, I can only assume that it will rock hard… which will help...

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Wow! Y’all came through in a big way yesterday. I’m so pleased that I nearly had a heart attack coming in this morning and seeing the response. Woo-hoo! Before I get into the prompt, I wanted to address a few questions that came up yesterday. First off, yes, you can add your poem after...

Online Series of the Week: "The Writers Room"

Hey, guys– Special thanks to Jason, a loyal reader who steered me toward The Writers Room, a new online series from Stun Creative and Sony Pictures Television.  Distributed via Hulu, NBC-Universal and News Corp.‘s new online film and TV network, The Writers Room is produced by Fit Nation producers Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein...

Agents Taking Pitches at WD Conference in Los Angeles!

This is one of probably many upcoming posts about Writer's Digest Books' upcoming writers conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. WD Books always hosts an awesome one-day conference the day before BookExpo America begins. Last week, I e-mailed plenty of literary agents and script managers about the conference and asked them...

Getting Out of Book Blurbs

Q: How do I get out of writing a blurb for a friend’s not-so-good self-published book?—Anonymous A: Friends are always asking for favors—May I borrow your leaf blower? Will you watch my dog? Do you mind if I tell the police that we were together last Thursday just past midnight? As a writer, you’re...

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: Manic Tuesday

I am embarrassed, friends, to report that I committed a rather large  error a few weeks ago that I now feel (not entirely)comfortable  sharing with the group: Noticing a recent sale on Publisher’s Lunch,  my editor asked me if I would be interested in doing a Cover Q & A  with a high profile...

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Soooooo, time to begin the April Poem-A-Day challenge! I can tell from the site traffic and personal emails waiting for me this morning that everyone is chomping at the bit to get started. I don’t blame you. This is exciting for me as well. We’ll start off with a softball (no reason to pull any...

Cool Term: 'Knockbuster'

Heard this term over the weekend on SlashFilm, a movie news site. A “knockbuster” is a cheap rip-off product that capitalizes on a highly anticipated product coming out soon.  These are easier to spot in the film world, as you can see direct-to-DVD movies hitting stores just before a huge movie hits the theaters....

READER QUESTION/GUEST PERSPECTIVE: How Do I Break Into Clip Shows?

Hey, screenwriters– Today’s question comes from loyal reader Valerie, who writes… “Hi Chad!… I am interested in creating clip shows and would love to hear your valuable insight on these types of programs (ie. where/how to license footage, how to sell them (Pods or Network), general production tips, etc…).” (For those of you who...

Poem-a-day in April: Write, Read, Etc.

So I’ve been going out of my way to build excitement about my write a poem-a-day challenge in April. Should be big-time fun for all. But the Academy of American Poets has announced you can also read a poem-a-day in April. Just go to http://www.poets.org/poemaday, and enter your e-mail address. Their newsletter claims you...

The Quickest Thesis Insanity: Big Apple Weekend Edition

Friends, I am going to have to keep this short due to a ridiculous and fairly robust sprinkling of work on my plate today. The story I’ve been working on for Boston Mag recently doubled in size, which–while good for my sneaker addiction, clip file and ego–isn’t awesome for my thesis. I have to...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Charlie Stickney… Writing For Animation

Hey, screenwriters– One area of entertainment I’ve never worked in– but often get questions about– is animation.  And with all the booming animated projects out there– Family Guy, The Simpsons, Drawn Together, The Incredibles, The Triplets of Belleville, etc.– I decided to spend a few minutes with my friend Charlie Stickney, a screenwriter, artist,...