Writing Editor Blogs

The Writer’s Dig
by Jess Zafarris
Content Strategist Jess Zafarris covers everything about writing on this blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, she’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from herself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out her advice—your writing career will thank you. Read The Writer’s Dig


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
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


How to Improve Your Writing Style

Q: How can I improve my writing style? —Lily S. A: Read, read, read and practice, practice, practice. When taking in a good book or article, home in on what resonates with you and then underline those parts. Ask yourself, What made that such a great read? Our style is generally...

Agent Advice: Matthew Mahoney of Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd.

This installment features Matthew Mahoney of Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd. Matthew was raised in Mobile, AL, and graduated with a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. After a brief foray into the world of finance, he joined Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd. He is seeking: literary fiction, commercial fiction (especially espionage thrillers), popular...

Valentine's Day in Retrospect Prompts

Midwestern blizzards, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day–no matter how you feel about it all, here’s to hoping yours went/are going well. * * * WRITING PROMPT: A Day of ValentinesFeel free to take the following prompts home or post your responses (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments...

New Agent Alert: Drew Perez of Andrea Hurst & Associates

Note from Chuck (December 2010): It appears from the agency website that Drew has stopped agenting. 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...

How I Got My Agent: Mark Lee Gardner

"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,...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Valerie Geary

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 Valerie Geary. Valerie Geary is a...

My Agent and I Sold a Book!

I’ve kind of kept this news under wraps for a while but I recently got the OK from my editor to let the news out. My agent and I sold a book! In late 2009, we sold my humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, to Ten Speed Press,...

WD wants to know: Where do your best characters come from?

The man on the street, bowler hat, French cigarette and smug charm? An eccentric, reclusive billionaire you read about in a magazine? A facet of yourself known only to you? Characters are everywhere. Where do you get yours? In each issue of Writer’s Digest, we propose a(n often mind-bendingly tricky) question...

On Imagining

“‘Writing a novel is gathering smoke,’ says Walter Mosley.  ‘It’s an excursion into the ether of ideas.’ Most people dismiss most of their imaginative life with amused indifference, and maybe even a little contempt. That is where you must part with most company.  Your fantasies are a resource, and the place...

Learn How to Properly Format an E-Book (free class!)

Speaking of publishing yourself digitally for free, anyone who’s interested in the new instant publishing models—getting your work onto Kindle, Sony, Nook, etc—should NOT miss the next free webinar from Digital Book World. It’s eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub. Formatting e-books in the Kindle and ePub formats can be...

Writers: Don't Heed Samuel Johnson's Advice

Today I read the latest post at Don’t Publish Me: “If You’re In It For the Money.” (Go follow Jenn on Twitter.) It made me realize that many people out there still wave the flag for the old Samuel Johnson adage: “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”...

What Can You Accomplish in 30 Days? (Free Worksheets!)

Over the past year, Kelly has been picking books from the Writer’s Digest list that she finds most helpful. Here’s her very last installment for us! Kelly’s thoughts on Book in a Month: I get so many proposals from people who want to do books that explore the fear and self-doubt...

How To Pitch to an Agent at a Writers Conference

Writers attend conferences for many reasons, but one of the biggest draws is the literary agent pitch sessions. Writers get face-to-face time with those in the industry who often appear unreachable. If done correctly, these three to ten minutes sessions can land an author an agent and eventually a book contract....

Agent Advice: Robin Rue of Writers House

This installment features Robin Rue of Writers House. Robin Rue began her career as an editor at Dell, but has since spent more than 30 years as an agent. She is seeking: mystery, commercial fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult, thrillers/suspense, with a specialization in paranormal and suspense romance authors.

Your Writing Career May Depend on Someone You Never Meet

Yesterday I read and Tweeted about an article at Publishing Perspectives, “Career Reinvention for Publishing Professionals” by Andrew Malkin. To me it was both useful and sadly prescient; it made me recall the Richard Bolles’ book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, originally self-published for a large number of the clergy who...

Are Fee-Charging Agents Legit?

Q: Recently I queried an agent and, in her response, she told me she charged a fee for reading manuscripts. I had never heard of this before, so I’m hesitant to move forward with her. Are reading fees a standard practice with agents? A: No, charging a reading fee is not...

How I Got My Agent: Debra Berndt

"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,...

Looking for a prompt escape from football recaps and snow?

Looking for a prompt escape from football recaps and snow? WRITING PROMPT: Test DriveFeel free to take the following prompt home or post your response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below. By posting, you’ll be entered in our occasional around-the-office swag drawings. If you’re...

Rejection: It's What You Do Next That Counts

I have a dear friend, Dave, who has devoted his life to writing. He’s made every sacrifice imaginable, sacrifices that other people won’t or can’t make. This year, he has been submitting to more agents and publications than ever—and getting rejected. He wrote me recently to say that he felt more...

Help Me Choose New Tweeps to Follow

This spring will mark the one-year anniversary for Best Tweets for Writers. From the start, I have used a combination of serendipity and RSS feeds/searches (viewed in Google Reader) to curate each week’s list. While I think I follow some of the most helpful folks on Twitter, I know I see...