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 have you always wanted to ask an agent?

Agent Advice Column “Funny You Should Ask” Seeking Submissions!

Are you in search of answers? No, this isn’t some solicitation for a 1970s new-age Human Potential Movement seminar. I’m talking straight answers to your most perplexing writing quandaries—by a well-respected expert, no less: the Irene Goodman Literary Agency’s own Barbara Poelle. Barbara has penned the exceedingly popular Writer’s Digest column “Funny You Should...


33 Common Words & Phrases You Might Be Saying Wrong

This infographic is courtesy of Jennifer Frost of GrammarCheck. Visit them online at grammarcheck.net or check out the free online grammar checker at grammarcheck.net/editor for proofreading help.  Baihley Grandison is the assistant editor of Writer’s Digest and a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @baihleyg, where she mostly tweets about writing (Team Oxford Comma!), food (HUMMUS FOR PRESIDENT, PEOPLE), and Random Conversations With Her Mother. You...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 367

For today’s prompt, write a struggle poem. Many people struggle with many things–work, finances, addiction, relationships, and even finding the time to write poems. But there are also cultural struggles, animal struggles, and even plant struggles (Ever watch a documentary on the struggle between vines and trees? Fascinating stuff). Pick a struggle and write...

Angela Ackerman author writer

Conferencing for Introverts 2.0

A while back, I wrote about attending a conference as an introvert, and how misguided “outsiders looking in” feelings can sometimes hold us back from getting the most value from an event. The reality is that published or unpublished, agent or editor, we attend conferences for the same reason: to grow, network, and learn....


Landay: Poetic Form

Let’s keep the poetic forms rolling this week with the landay, which is a form that may have existed for thousands of years–though I just discovered it recently. Landay Poems The landay is a variable length form based off a couplet, which means the poem could be as concise as two lines or run...

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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition with Science Fiction Judge Philip Athans

Today, as part of our Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition series, science fiction judge Philip Athans discusses how important first sentences are, what makes a good short story and more. NOTE: The deadline for the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards has been extended to October 14! Enter here! Meet the Judge: Philip...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the Welsh 4-line poetic form, byr a thoddaid. As usual, many poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the byr a thoddaid poems here. Here is...


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Pat Esden

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Pat Esden, author of BEYOND YOUR TOUCH) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey...


How Does Your Day Job Help Your Writing?

Kurt Vonnegut managed a Saab dealership in Cape Cod. Harper Lee worked as a reservation clerk for Eastern Air Lines. T.S. Eliot was a banker, and Wallace Stevens an insurance executive. Many of the most famous writers in history had to fit in their artistic endeavors around their day jobs, squeezing in words in...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 366

For today’s prompt, write a “plus one” poem. It could be a math poem. Or a poem about including a guest (or “plus one”). Or a poem about doing something just “one more time.” Or the new person in a group, new task at work, and so on and so forth. ***** Re-create Your...


How I Got My Literary Agent: Susanne Lord

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Susanne Lord, author of DISCOVERY OF DESIRE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good...


23rd Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Middle Grade

UPDATE: Marisa has chosen the 3 winners (no order): Eric Davis: Arthur Kuss: Gladiator Sheridan MacAuley: Lexi Max vs. The Dinocalypse Catherine Arguelles: Dishonesty is Green ——————— Welcome to the 23rd (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With...


How Breaking Genres Can Help You Get Published

Agents, publishers, and editors are always looking for “fresh writing.” They want something new. Something they’ve never seen before. Four years ago, I was just a reader attending college classes for my business degree. I hadn’t written anything other than school papers, but decided I was going to write a book and get it...


The Anatomy of a Bestseller

What makes a bestseller, well, sell the best? While of course there is no magic formula, turns out there are some commonalities among chart-topping tomes. Whether it’s stats for the average number of words per sentence or a comparison of most-loved protagonists, the fun facts are all spelled out here in this delightfully nifty infographic. This infographic is...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 365

Today is a pretty big day on Poetic Asides and for the Wednesday Poetry Prompts series: It marks a year’s worth (365 days!) of prompts. Wow! Sooooo… For today’s prompt, write a “year in the life” poem. It could be a poem about something that takes a year to happen, a summary of a...


The Small-Press Experience

A little over a year ago, my first novel was published. After countless revisions, querying it to an inch of its life, finding an agent, leaving an agent, finding a publisher, content edits, line edits, etc., etc., my little-story-that-could became a full-fledged, published novel. For months after its release, the question which seemed to...

Understanding character development using the tv show Friends.

6 Things Friends Can Teach Us About Writing (Part 1)

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other week, I’ll bring you...

Amy MacLennan

Amy MacLennan: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet Amy MacLennan to the Poetic Asides blog! Amy MacLennan’s first full-length collection The Body, A Tree was published earlier this year by MoonPath Press. Her work has been published in Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Connotation Press, Folio, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet’s Market, Rattle,...

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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition with Thriller Judge Jodie Renner

Today, as part of our Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition series, Thriller judge Jodie Renner discusses how to avoid common mistakes and take your submission to the top. Meet the Judge: Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide...