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 Cris Freese
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


2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Wish me luck! I’m going to run a 10K later this morning in Austin, Texas (not affiliated with the Austin International Poetry Festival). If I go silent for Day 9, something went horribly wrong during the race. For today’s prompt, write a panic poem. There are any number of things a person can panic...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

It doesn’t feel like it, but we’re already a week into this year’s challenge. Poem on. For today’s prompt, write a discovery poem. This poem could be about making a discovery; it could be about something discovered (by someone or something else); or something you’d like to discover. I can’t wait to discover what...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

New day, new city. We’ve made it to Austin–just in time to write a new poem. For today’s prompt, write a poem about a sound. The poem could be about a small sound, a loud sound, a happy sound, or a creepy sound. And yes, music sounds count as well. ***** Order the New...

How to Pitch Your Book Fearlessly

I’ve been to a lot of writers conferences, and though some were small and some were large, and some focused on genre fiction and others on literary fiction, they all had one thing in common. I noticed this similarity at the first conference I attended, though I couldn’t name it. I was too distracted,...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

This is the 10th annual April Poem-A-Day Challenge. During the first one, Tammy and I had to hunt down (and pay for) Internet access in a “cyber cafe” (located in an arcade) to post the prompt and poem. Now, we’re in New Orleans (on our way to Austin for the Austin International Poetry Festival),...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Quick note on commenting: I’ve been receiving reports of comments not taking, but today appears to be worse than normal. Always feel free to contact me at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com to report this stuff. Our tech team will try to figure it out, but in the meantime, one possible “workaround” suggested by Marie Elena Good is...

Remembering Richard Nelson Bolles, Self-Pub Pioneer

BY JESSICA STRAWSER Richard Nelson Bolles was one of the earliest examples of indie-author success. Before his hit book What Color is Your Parachute? spent a whopping 288 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, Bolles distributed photocopies of the book by hand to friends and family. With the passing of 90-year-old Bolles...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

I’ve found over the years that most people who can make it through three days have the stamina to keep poeming for 30. So let’s get through this together! For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) of Love,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Okay, the first day is in the books, and it was a lot of fun. But we’ve got plenty of poeming left to go. For today’s prompt, write a “not today” poem. Maybe it’s normal to give in to outside pressures, but not today. Or maybe you’re usually very disciplined in your health and...

Weekly Round-Up: April, Agents, and Almost Missed You

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Antagonists and Antiheroes...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Let’s get this poeming party started. For today’s prompt, write a reminiscing poem. In my mind, this means a poem that remembers something (a moment, a relationship, etc.). The poem could be kind of nostalgic or sharing lessons learned. But for those new to these challenges, you should know that I consider these prompts...

How to Develop a Street Team for Your Book

Promoting your book in a digital with a flooded marketplace is more difficult than ever. You need as much help as you can get. That’s where developing a street team to assist you can help. Here are some tips from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

Austin International Poetry Festival

10 Things in the World of Poetry I Love

One feature I’ve been trying out this year is to write poetry spotlights. It’s been fun focusing on one specific piece of the world of poetry each week. And since we’re about to hit a pause in that series (for April’s poeming), I thought I’d collect the most recent 10 spotlights in one centralized...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 390

Last Wednesday prompt before April’s poem-a-day challenge. Hope to see y’all here bright and early each day beginning on Saturday morning. For today’s prompt, pick a music genre, make that the title of your poem, and then write a poem. So your poem could be titled “Jazz;” “Baby, I got the blues;” “Heavy Metal...

3 Tips for Navigating the April PAD Challenge

Last week, I posted the guidelines for the 2017 April PAD Challenge, which will start at the end of this week. This will be my 10th time through, so I thought I’d share some tips on how to get through a month of daily poeming. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be...

10 Short Poetic Forms

I’ve put together a couple poetic form lists by nationality (French poetic forms and Japanese poetic forms) recently, but I thought it’d be fun to assemble a list of short poetic forms. Like less than 10 lines short poems! ***** Master Poetic Forms! Learn how to write sestina, shadorma, haiku, monotetra, golden shovel, and...

Weekly Round-Up: Fantasy and Reality

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Add Your Vote...