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


TV Interview… and a Book Excerpt

Hey, guys– Just wanted to point you to an interview I did last week with Mediabistro… we talked about everything from breaking into television and producing your first show to how the Internet is changing TV and what the economy has in store. They also printed an excerpt from my TV book, Small Screen,...

VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Angle On: Intervention"

Hey, guys– I LOVE this video, from the Writers Guild of America, in which Dan Partland, from A&E‘s hit reality show Intervention, explains how the show is written.  Intervention is one of the few reality shows that actually has a WGA contract.  Take a look… really cool… Intervention‘s Dan Partland on “writing reality”

Submit a Portion of the Book With a Query?

Q. I just have a brief question. I have read several articles regarding submissions of material to agents and how to write query letters, but none of the articles say if I am to include a small portion of my book or not. Any suggestions?          – Jennifer Killgore A. There is no...

Greystone Literary is Back in Business

I first met literary ageny Michael Mancilla in New York in 2007.  He founded a cool, newer agency called Greystone, but the agency closed after a few years.  Fortunately, it has recently reopened.  Michael specializes in nonfiction and is looking for good writers.  Greystone Literary Agency 437 New York Ave. NW, No. 211, Washington...

How It Feels To Get Canceled

Hey, everyone— Some sad news (“sad” being relative, so bear with me)… Reality Binge, the Fox Reality Channel sketch/clip/variety show I’d be writing on for the past 8 months, was canceled this week.  We’ll finish out our final two episodes, and the finale will air on Thursday, December 18.   So first of all…...

You Can Bid On a Critique by an Agent

Jennifer Jackson, a literary agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency in NYC, is offering a critique of up to 50 pages of a manuscript as well as up to 10 pages of a synopsis. It’s all part of a fundraiser event that one of Jennifer’s clients is putting on for a great cause. ...

Calling All Rejected Writers

Bill Shapiro, editor of the book Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See, is at it again, this time planning to publish a collection titled Other People’s Rejection Letters, slated for publication by Random House in 2010. If you’ve got a rejection you’re willing to share (anonymously, of course),...

READER QUESTION: How Can A Writer Protect A Book Idea?

Hey, writers– Today’s reader question was emailed from Brian, who writes… “Chad, I have a fantastic idea for a book and I want to protect my idea from someone else copying it.  Whats steps should a person take in order to protect an idea until it comes into print?“ Well, Brian, this is a...

On (Literary) Snobbery, T-Giving, and Amy Grant

Hello, friends. I hope your Thanksgiving was a generously portioned and lacked any sort of drama involving your sister, her frequent Facebook status updates, and the phrase, “too-cool-for-school loser.” I ate enough stuffing for three averaged size adult women and watched fifteen minutes of a movie so inordinately unwatchable, I can’t even recall it’s...

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Agent Smackdown: East Coast vs. West Coast. Which is Better?

The world of literary agents seems divided into sub-worlds: there is New York, there is California, and there is a smattering of boroughs and burgs in between. For better or worse, New York literary agents have often been stereotyped as aggressive, pushy and relentless. Underlying that notion is another: New York agents are...

Interesting Article… Enjoy!

Hey, everyone– This doesn’t have anything to do with screenwriting per se, but I loved Andrew Sullivan‘s piece, “Why I Blog,” in this month’s Atlantic magazine, so I just wanted to pass it along.  Andrew’s one of the best bloggers out there, and he does a great job of summing up the relevance and...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

I’m so excited about Day 30 of our November PAD Chapbook Challenge that I’m going to go ahead and post now, instead of waiting until later this morning. It’s November 30th in the ATL, so here we go. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a resolution (or lack of resolution) poem. This...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Wow! I can’t believe tomorrow is actually the last day of this challenge. Isn’t that crazy?!? I haven’t even really been keeping too close of an eye on the poems I’ve been crafting each day, so I’ll be really interested in seeing what I have during December. For today’s prompt, I want you to...

On Being One of 100,000+ People Stranded in Thailand

For those unaware, I have been traveling in Thailand for the past couple weeks (clearly an ill-timed vacation). Few news reports adequately convey the magnitude of what has happened here in Thailand. Such reports are excellent at telling you the number of flights canceled, the number of people affected, and the dollars lost. The...

WGA Wins Writers' Rights Battle with Tyler Perry!

Hey, folks– This happened on Wednesday (which in cyberspace time, is EONS ago!), but I’m just now catching up on my industry news from right before Thanksgiving. Anyway, as you may remember, last month I posted several posts about the Writers Guild taking on Tyler Perry Studios, which was producing TBS‘s hit show House...

Havin' a Party… and You're Invited!

Hey, everyone– Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are at least half as stuffed as I am… I am literally writing this with the computer on the bed and me on my knees next because I’m too top-heavy to lift myself up any further.  Having said that… Wanted to give you all an...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Okay, with 3 days left, it’s time to write a top-of-the-world or celebration poem. Even if your overall collection is a downer, try to find something related to your theme to celebrate. After all, you have 2 more days to get back to your overall mood. Here’s my attempt for the day: “He’s dead”...

Special Thanksgiving Day Post

Today, Tammy and I enjoyed Thanksgiving with her son (my stepson), Reese, and her family here in Georgia. It was a great time, and I was able to meet a few relatives I’d still not met yet. In the afternoon, we dropped Reese off at his daddy’s and didn’t really have a plan for...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

We’re almost there. Time to crack our knuckles, roll up our sleeves, loosen our ties and get to work. What am I talking about? Today (at least in the U.S.) is Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to watch parades, graze the veggie trays, loosen our belts, and fall asleep–after writing your poem for today, of...

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Agent Advice: Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency

This installment features Mary Sue Seymour, of The Seymour Agency. She is seeking: Mary is looking for new clients who write any type of romance including historical, contemporary category, contemporary mainstream, suspense, paranormal, regency or inspirational. She wants nonfiction about real life heroes, prescriptive books, cookbooks, and basically any type of nonfiction by credentialed authors....

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

Okay, after today’s poem, there are only four days left for the November challenge. We’re sooooo close. And, yes, for those of us living in the States, there’s that little turkey-themed holiday tomorrow and the biggest shopping-sale day of the year follows directly on its heels. I guess that’s why this is called a...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jane will be back on Monday, but it’s been fun guest blogging here in her absence. (Special thanks to those of you who left kind comments on my posts!) As the WD office closes for a few days to celebrate the holiday, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Somewhere in...