Writing Editor Blogs

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

Questions & Quandaries
by Brian Klems

Don’t know the difference between “who” and “whom”? Facing an ethical dilemma about accepting gifts from subjects? Let the informative (and humorous) columnist Brian A. Klems answer some of your most pressing grammatical, ethical, business and writing-related questions. Check out his advice and don’t hesitate to ask a question—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog

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 Give People Nightmares: 6 Tips For Young Adult Horror

1. Stay scared. If you want to really scare people with your writing, you need to keep your fear close. You need to experience that fear. Often. Memory is a poor substitute for the real thing—that cold sweat heart-thumping spine-shaking hair-raising feeling of total, mind-numbing terror. That abandoned house you walk by on the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 232

Sorry for the late prompt today. Busy, busy morning. Totally unrelated, I just wanted to share this list of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry put together by Seth Abramson for Huffington Post (click to read the list). I made the list, though I always feel like it’s a team effort–what we accomplish...

Not in the Writing Mood?

Falling out of a writing mood can happen to the best of us, and getting back in can be tougher than talking your way into a secret, after-hours, invite-only nightclub. But if we don’t try to break through, then we’re not writing, and if we’re not writing…well, then we can’t call ourselves writers, can...


Victoria Chang: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Victoria Chang to Poetic Asides! It’s rare we get a poet with degrees from Harvard University and Stanford Business School, but Victoria has degrees from there, in addition to the University of Michigan and an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Victoria recently released...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gwawdodyn

It’s time for another poetic form challenge, and this time we’re focusing squarely on the 4-line Welsh form, the gwawdodyn. Here are the basic rules for the gwawdodyn: Quatrain (4-line stanza) with an a/b rhyme scheme. First, second, and fourth lines have 9 syllables and rhyme with each other. The third line has 10...


Literary Agent Julie Just Seeks Submissions and Clients

Julie is seeking: "Right now I'm especially interested in YA and middle grade fiction, and I'm always on the lookout for original and un-put-downable graphic novels and nonfiction -- a great crossover genre that can work equally well for adults and young readers. In YA fiction I love smart, funny writing and complicated emotions...


Amazing First Lines: How to Write Great Openings — Aug 15 Webinar With Critique by Agent John Cusick

Using examples from young adult fiction, literature, pop culture, film, and television, this 1-hour presentation will explore the craft of startling, intriguing, and unforgettable openings. Discover how to capture and hold a reader’s— or agent’s or editor’s— attention, interest, and excitement from word one. In this live webinar, "Amazing First Lines: How to Write Great...


How I Got My Agent: Amy Gail Hansen

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Amy Gail Hansen, author of THE BUTTERFLY SISTER. 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...

Solving the World's Problems

Securing Blurbs for a Poetry Collection

This is part 4 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). Here are links to the previous posts: Part 1: Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection. In the beginning, there are poems...


5 Reasons Novelists Should Write & Publish Short Stories

1. Because it’s fun. If you don’t enjoy writing short stories, then never mind: you probably shouldn’t be doing it. But if you’re avoiding writing them because you believe that you have to write a novel in order to have a career as a writer, I beg you to reconsider. GIVEAWAY: Suzanne is excited to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 231

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might include “Holy Moly,” “Holy Line Breaks,” “Holy Jeans,” and I’m sure plenty of other more colorful variations. Feel free to...


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Charlie Lovett

1. Rejection is required. I used to see rejection slips as the bane of my existence. Every rejection felt like a backwards step in my writing career. But every writer has been rejected at one time or another—usually before ever being accepted. Once I began to look at each rejection as a necessary step...

Brutal Allure, by Melissa Carl

Melissa Carl: Poet Interview

Please welcome Melissa Carl to Poetic Asides! Melissa is a teacher and poet who lives in York, Pennsylvania and Oak Island, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, magazines, and e-zines, including Blood Lotus, The Broken Plate Review, The Copperfield Review, Mouse Tales Press, Third Wednesday, and more. Her...


Writing the Thriller: The Secrets to Keeping Readers Up All Night — Aug. 8 Webinar by James Scott Bell

Thrillers are enormously popular today, constantly appearing on bestseller lists every week. To write them successfully you need more than a penchant for action—you must understand the foundations of what makes the best thrillers work every time. So why not get advice from a published thriller author who also teaches on writing and structure? The...

Robert Lee Brewer

Gwawdodyn: Poetic Forms

The gwawdodyn is a Welsh poetic form with a couple variations. However, both versions are comprised of quatrains (4-line stanzas) that have a 9/9/10/9 syllable pattern and matching end rhymes on lines 1, 2, and 4. The variations are made in that third line: One version has an internal rhyme within the third line....


Should You Simply “Write What You Know”?

I am now going to give you the super-secret key to being a good writer. You will probably read it and say, “Phoo, Chapman, I’ve known that for years.” That may be, but if you are honest with yourself, you struggle with it, as I do, every time you sit down to write. Good...

Solving the World's Problems

Promoting a Poetry Collection

This is part 3 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). The first week covered assembling and submitting the collection; last week, I discussed the revision process after it was accepted;...


6 Reasons Why You Need To Have More “Babies”

Not human babies, silly. More “word babies” -- a.k.a. books. I cannot believe how many people write only one book and lay all their hopes and dreams on it. I never went that far, but I was guilty of putting my one book on through the submission process and endlessly obsessing over it for...


How I Got My Agent: Natasha Yim

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Natasha Yim, author of pictures books, including SACAJAWEA OF THE SHOSHONE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 230

Good morning, poets! I have a couple announcements this morning: First, I announced the the winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the Cinquain yesterday. Click to continue. Second, the results of the April PAD Challenge are still coming along. My best guess is that they’ll be ready mid-August. Third, tomorrow (August 1)...


6 Simple Keys To Revising Your Fiction

1. Once you have finished a good first draft don’t look at it for a while. Go back to it after having some space and you will see it afresh. This is even more important for novels. When you have spent such a long time on a piece of prose you really need to...