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


On Being Skipped (or: How Your Book Gets Sold Into Bookstores)

There’s a blog offering the best explanation ever of how your book gets sold into bookstore chains, by the marketing manager at John Wiley & Sons. Here’s a brief snippet: But bookstores are businesses, not public conveniences. No store has the responsibility to carry every book published — although, to be honest, that’s a...

Christina Katz Post #4

Hi all, Here is the fourth installment of author platform advice from Get Known Before the Book Deal author Christina Katz. Enjoy, Scott 20 Dual Questions About Your Author Platform #4: Where is the best place to build a platform? / Where will you build your platform? By Christina Katz   A lot of...

Tough Times

Hi everyone, Sorry for the lapse in blogging. I haven’t had a lot of spare time lately. With the suffering economy, my work hours are spent scurrying to put together marketing pieces in hopes of generating revenue for my company. I’m sure many of you can relate in your own respective jobs. As the...

MOVIE TALK: Changeling

Hey, guys– Saw Changeling last night, the new movie by director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski (former Writers Digest columnist/author!), and I have to say: This movie is many things… •  A disturbing psychological thriller•  A restrained “little-guy-takes-on-the-system” drama•  A great screenwriting lesson•  A scathing indictment of the Bush administration Based on...

Writer's Digest Subscribers vs. Newsstand Buyers

Everyone has offered such wonderful comments on the magazine covers that I wanted to share/review some of them: Mary Ulrich comments: I would think you have two audiences, the subscribers and the people who will buy WD off the shelves.  The first sample has more of the “Entertainment tonight” appeal and might hook the...

How the Economy Affects the Dreams of Writers

Earlier this week, our team discussed the soon-to-be-relaunched (and incredibly improved) WritersMarket.com. Because we’ll have so much more value to offer (e.g., all listings from the niche Market Books, like Poet’s, Novel & Short Story, and Children’s Writer’s), we need to implement new subscription models and pricing. As part of this meeting, our WritersMarket.com...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 025

Often, poets write with an eye to timeless subjects, such as love, loss, war, death, etc. In college, I was often warned against being too timely in my writing for fear that my fiction and poetry would eventually need a thousand footnotes to explain it. I understand that point of view, but I think...

A Mostly Failed Start

Friends–a little ways back I made reference to how impossible it was to jump back into something after you’ve been away from it for so long, and I made a sweepingly clever reference to starting to run, and then eventually training for a marathon. That all seemed well and good when I was just...

When to Use a Semicolon

Q: I would like some help on the use of the semicolon in sentences. —Roger L. A: The semicolon is a tricky beast, but it does serve specific purposes in sentence structure. Before getting to its uses, it’s best to understand what the semicolon really is. The semicolon is a hybrid of a period...

Call for Submissions–2010 Poet's Market!

As some of you may know, I will be editing the 2010 edition of Poet’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books). Anyway, I have a pretty good idea of the interviews I’d like to include in the book, but I’d like to hear pitches for other possible articles. If you’re a poet with a great idea...

Chatting About TV Writing… Take a Listen!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to listen to a recent podcast interview I did on the Alive! Authors Network… all about TV writing and the TV industry. This is the first of a 3-part interview I did, called Breaking In and Breaking Through the TV Business, with podcast host Judith Parker...

READER QUESTION: Protecting Your Work: Part II (an afterthought)

First of all, special thanks to Heather, a lawyer who responded to yesterday’s post about protecting your work with the following advice: “It may be that writers don’t typically register scripts with the US copyright office, but I can tell you (as an attorney) that the ONLY way to get into federal court with...

Poets Helping Poets: Self-publishing and poetry?

Recently, I asked members of my Poetic Asides group on Facebook to give me their take on the relationship of self-publishing and poetry. The response was so overwhelming that I couldn’t include everything (and I apologize if your take was not included–or had to be edited), but I did get a lot. If you...

READER QUESTION: How Should I Protect or Copyright My Writing?

Hey, everyone– Today’s reader question comes from Joseph, who writes… “I have recently finished my first spec script and am about to start the revision process. I am planning to give the first draft to some writer friends of mine, one is a professional screenwriter, in order to get some feedback. Although I trust...

PITCH WORKSHOP: ENTRY 5

Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Matt in Montreal, who is looking for feedback on his synopsis for his feature idea, Downsize This! (although he’s not married to the title).  He also says:“I’m aiming for a Jim Carrey inspired, farout main Protagonist, contrasted with an even wilder love interest, populated...

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Breaking Down the Query Letter

I talk to a lot of writers about how to compose a good query letter. Make no mistake - it's no easy task, and it will take a lot of work. But what I can tell you right off the bat is that a good query has a distinct structure, and I...

Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success

Therese Walsh of Writer Unboxed recently alerted me to a fantastic free resource online for writers. Literary agent Donald Maass, who is a contributor to WU, has a free download available online to whomever wants it. It’s called The Career Novelist: A Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success. Check it out!

PITCH WORKSHOP/READER QUESTION: The Importance of Loglines

Hey, everyone— Just wanted to give a quick follow-up to Tuesday’s episode of the Script Notes Pitch Workshop… and an answer to a question asked by Scott, the author of Tuesday’s Pitch Workshop entries.  Scott writes: “Wow, thank you so much for all your help. You are completely right, I know what the story...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 024

Recently, I’ve been receiving an excessive amount of spam in my e-mail inbox. It’s a problem I’ve had to confront, and I admit it’s a problem that’s been driving me a bit batty. But this daily confrontation (me vs. my excessive spam) is a minor example of conflicts that go on every day in...

Help Us Name Our 2009 Writing Event

I’ve been working with the F+W events division to concept a new writing conference in 2009 that will focus on helping writers/authors get their work published, marketed, promoted—and ultimately sold—in an industry that’s changing by the day. At this conference, we plan on offering educational sessions that will be helpful to both traditionally published...

Getting back on the (Novel) Train (With Comments about NorCal!)

Friends–I’ve spent much of the last week in the girlish splendor of NorCal, out at Stanford’s homecoming– a school I didn’t attend–  appropriating much more than my standard allotment of Vitamin D and feeling insanely jealous of the people that managed to trick, steal, or academically impress their way onto this campus. Moving aside...

PITCH WORKSHOP: ENTRY 4

Hey, everyone— Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Scott, who submits loglines for two feature ideas.  So before we dive in… Scott—thank you so much for sending these!  The Pitch Workshop is one of my favorite parts of doing this blog, and I always wish people would use it more. ...

How to Find Out Who Agented a Book

Q: When an agent isn’t listed in the author’s book acknowledgements, is there a way to search backwards to find that agent from the author, journalistic facilitator or publisher? Thanks for your expertise. —Alice Lazzarini A: Finding out who was the agent of a particular book can certainly be tricky, especially if the person...