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


What is Upmarket Fiction? Defining the Classification.

I’ve spent a good amount of time recently getting agents (and a few editors) to sign on to a ginormous Agent Pitch Slam, which is part of our writers’ conference in NYC in May.  Each agent submits their “wants” bio that explains what they are looking for and what they want to hear pitches...

Secrets to Getting What You Want (It's All About Rhetoric)

One of the first lessons I taught student writers, when I was instructing freshman composition, was the art of rhetoric. Rhetoric isn’t a term many of us are familiar with, yet we employ rhetoric every day to get the things we want and to persuade people. If a writer is an outstanding rhetorician, it...

Hey, Writers: What's Your Online Strategy? What Are You Waiting For?

I recently received this letter from Jane Bretl, an attendee at our Writer’s Digest December Editor Intensive event: I attended the Writer’s Digest Editor’s Intensive in December. I was the very quiet woman in the back who was soaking up information like a sponge, all the while trying to put together a cohesive, intelligent-sounding...

The Burden of Geniusocity Part Deux: DFW Edition

There was a brilliant article in the New Yorker from March 9th about David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max titled “The Unfinished.” It’s hella long, but intensely interesting, and if you want to read it online, you can do so here. Anyway, the point of it is essentially that DFW was handicapped by the...

What is "Queryfail"?

There’s been a lot of chatter around the net recently about a project called Queryfail, and I had two people in the publishing house here ask me about it yesterday, so I just wanted to explain it and point you in some directions if you want to learn more. Queryfail was a large (and,...

5 Days Left…

Hey, guys– Just a reminder… only 5 DAYS LEFT in our first-ever Script Notes TV Writing Contest!  Submit your logline and 150-word synopsis for a spinoff to any current TV show (comedy, drama, or reality) and win an autographed copy of Larry Brody‘s bestselling TV book, Television Writing From the Inside Out.  The deadline...

Save Time Tip #3: Build a Customized Search Home

Everyone needs a good starting page when opening a browser. As much as I’d like to tell you to start off every morning by visiting WritersDigest.com, that’s not actually useful or efficient. But let’s say you’re a Writer’s Digest fan, and you want to have up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening with us—without going to...

Xavier Gets 4 Seed. March Madness Looming…

UPDATE 3/22: Although below I said put all your money on Pitt, I actually never did pick Pitt to win it all.  I did too much analysis and changed my mind.  Strangely enough, Xavier is kicking butt and now in the sweet 16 – playing Pitt, of all teams.  Go X.   ——–  ...

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My Adventures in Reno (2009) …

Reno – I’m back. This past weekend, I was at the Truckee Meadows Community College Writers’ Conference (usually just called the Reno Writers’ Conference) and everything went well. Conference attendance was near an all-time high despite the recession.

What Would Be Your Ideal Online Writing Course?

One of my primary goals this year is to remake the Writer’s Digest online workshop program into something valuable and remarkable for writers—whether it’s to help you better your writing or speed your path to publication. The webinars are one way we’re trying something new, and we have even more ideas for dynamic and...

The #1 Way NOT To Break Into Hollywood

Hey, folks— Sorry I’ve been awol for a few days… I just returned this weekend from a week in Nashville.  I run a program for my school, Vanderbilt, called Vandy-in-Hollywood, which is a networking organization for students and alumni working or interested in entertainment.  The centerpiece of the group is the summer internship program,...

The First Five Minutes: How Editors Evaluate Your Manuscript

This afternoon, I presented a webinar with Alice Pope on how you can critically review your manuscript (particularly the first pages) for red flags that lead to a rejection from an editor or agent. A big thank-you to the first 25 participants who were courageous enough to allow us to critique their first pages!...

Tips on Rewriting From Your Peers

Two weeks ago, I asked newsletter readers to submit any thoughts or tips they had on rewriting that could possibly help other scribes.  Well, I got a bunch of responses – and enough good ones that I decided to post a handful of them here so they don’t go to waste.  Thank you to...

10 Seats Left for WD Intensive (Visit HQ, Get a Critique)

Just a quick reminder that March 11 (tomorrow) is the el cheapo deadline for registering for the Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive on March 21-22. (The late registration fee kicks in March 12.) This is the event where we invite you to our headquarters in Cincinnati for a weekend to participate in a day’s worth...

Perhaps Piracy Is Exactly What Publishing Needs

The issue of piracy flared up on this blog a few weeks back, with some readers disagreeing with me about piracy as a potential good thing. I found the following viewpoint fascinating—inspired by a piece in the Guardian, and shared and commented on at Teleread (a major blog devoted to e-books). The Guardian said:...

On the Cost-Benfit Analysis of Sleep vs Productivity

So obviously, the timing on this will seem off, but I wrote the majority of this blog entry at 5 AM during a rest stop in the midst of a marathon session of writing, and since I know you respect and care about the creative process, it only seemed fair to publish the manuscript...

How the Internet Has Got Publishing By Its Tail

I recently did an hour-long interview with the delightful Patricia Volonakis Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Harlots’ Sauce Radio. Patricia describes the interview with me as such: Those of us who read books, and those of us who write them, will be equally enthralled with [this] interview on Harlots’ Sauce Radio this month. You’ll find her...