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July/August 2013 Issue
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- 2nd Draft Critique Service
Before you send out your work, have it edited by an established pro!
- Agency Gatekeeper
A literary agent shares secrets.
- Agent in the Middle
Agent Lori Perkins blogs and tells all
- Ashley Grayson Agent Blog
From the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
- Ask the Agent
Literary agent Andy Ross in Oakland runs an agency blog.
- Association of Authors' Representatives
- Barbara Doyen's Articles Page
Agent Barbara Doyen shares her knowledge.
- Barry Goldblatt Literary
A blog from the whole agency.
- BookEnds Agent Blog
Agents from Bookends Literary blog
- Brenda BowenAgent Brenda Bowen's "Bunny Eat Bunny" kids writing blog.
- Cameron McClureCameron, with the Donald Maass Lit Agency, runs her "Book Cannibal" blog.
- Caren Johnson Literary Agency
The official CJLA blog
- Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market Blog
This blog, run by Alice Pope, is a must-read for anyone writing in the juvenile market
- Chip MacGregor's Agent Blog
A Christian agent speaks
- Chuck's conference speaking schedule
See where Chuck will be presenting and when!
- Colleen Lindsay's Agent Blog
A new agent at FinePrint Literary blogs
- DHS Literary Blog
David Hale Smith's "Literary Show and Tell" blog.
- Diana Fox's Agent Blog
A literary agent talks publishing
- Dystel & Goderich Agent Blog
- Eddie Schneider
An agent from JABberwocky Literary blogs.
- Elaine English Literary Agency Blog
A blog from the whole agency.
- F+W Bookstore
Buy Guide to Literary Agents and a bunch of other great WD Books.
- FinePrint Literary Management Blog
A blog from the whole agency.
- Folio Literary Management's Blog
All the agents chime in on this new blog
- Fresh Books Blog
An agency blog.
- Full Circle Literary's Blog
Agents from Full Circle Literary in California blog
- Girl Meets Book
Agent Jamie Brenner of Artists & Artisans blogs.
- Greenhouse Literary Blog
Agent Sarah Davies shares her thoughts and wisdom
- Hartline Literary Blog
A blog from the whole agency.
- Janet Reid
Agent Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary gives her two cents on anything and everything
- Jennifer Jackson's Agent Blog
An agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency blogs
- Jenny Bent's Blog
From the founder of The Bent Agency.
- Jill Corcoran
A kids agent at the Herman Agency blogs.
- Joshua Bilmes Agent Blog
JABberwocky Literary Agency
- Kathleen Ortiz Agent Blog
Kathleen with Lowenstein Associates
- Kelly Mortimer
Agent Kelly Mortimer's "Perils of Publishing" blog.
- Ken Atchity
The president of AEI, a script and literary management co., blogs.
- Kid Lit
A blog by kids agent Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency
- Kimberly Cameron & Associates
A blog from the whole agency.
- Knight Agency Blog
Exactly what it sounds like
- Laurie McLean's Agent Blog
The "Agent Savant" blog
- Lit Soup (Jenny Rappaport's Agent Blog)
An agent at the L. Perkins Agency blogs
- Lucienne Diver's Agent Blog
A blog on "Authorial, Agently and Personal Ramblings."
- Lyons Literary Agent Blog
Agent Jonathan Lyons blogs
- MFA Confidential Blog
This new WD blog features Kate Monahan and all things about getting an MFA
- Michael Larsen's Blog
Agent Michael Larsen of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents blogs about publishing and nonfiction writing.
- Miss Snark
No longer active, but this blog by anonymous agent Miss Snark still has oodles of priceless info in its archives
- Nathan Bransford
A popular blog from an agent at Curtis Brown in San Francisco
- Nephele Tempest's Agent Blog
An agent with the Knight Agency blogs
- Poetic Asides
A poetry blog from the editor of Writer's Market
- Promptly (Prompts Blog)
WD's own blog of writing prompts, run by magazine staffer Zac Petit
- Pub Rants
Kristin Nelson's Agent Blog
- Publishers Marketplace
- Query Shark
Janet Reid's blog where she dissects query letters
- Questions and Quandaries Blog
WD staffer Brian A. Klems answers questions of all kinds
- Rachelle Gardner
A blog by an agent who specializes in Christian Writing
- Romantic Reads
Dorchester editor Leah Hultenschmidt blogs romance.
- Sara Crowe's Blog
An agent from Harvey Klinger blogs.
- Scott Eagan's Agent Blog
The great Greyhaus agent blogs away.
- Script Notes
A WD scriptwriting blog from Chad Gervich, TV producer
- Steve Laube's Agent Blog
A Christian agent and former editor talks the biz.
- Suzie Townsend
A new assistant agent at FinePrint Literary blogs.
- Terry Burns's Blog
An agent with Hartline Literary blogs.
- Terry Whalin's Blog
"The Writing Life," as told by a former editor and agent.
- The Buried Editor
A blog dedicated to juvenile writing (YA, middle grade, picture books) run by an editor at CBAY Books and Blooming Tree Press
- The Gail Ross Literary Agency
The agency blog.
- The Inside Pitch Screenwriting Blog
A Hollywood Executive Talks About Screenwriting
- The New Literary Agents
A few new literary agents share advice.
- The Rejecter (Anonymous Agent)
- The Shatzkin Files
- The Sound and the Furry
WD contributor Nancy Parish talks writing.
- There Are No Rules
Jane Friedman of Writer's Digest Books, talks about publishing trends and has interviews online
- Tracy Marchini
An agent from Curtis Brown, Ltd. blogs
- United States Copyright Office
- Upstart Crow Blog
A blog from the whole agency at Upstart Crow Literary.
- Waxman Literary Agency
A blog from the whole agency.
- Wendy Sherman Associates Blog
Multiple agents blog.
- Writer Beware
A site dedicated to protecting writers from scams of all kinds - including unscrupulous agents
- Writer Unboxed
Primarily devoted to genre fiction, this site features plenty of interviews with industry pros
- Writer's Digest magazine
This big hub has tons of online articles from past issues of WD. Check out the revamped new site!
- Writer's Digest University (Writers Online Workshops)
Online writing courses are taught by WD staffers and contributors
- Writer's Market
This pay site is our online database of listings (magazines, book publishers, agents, and everything else). It has more than 6,000 listings.
A huge writing website and resource writers should check out.
- Wylie Merrick Agency's Blog
- Zack Company Blog
Agent Andrew Zack blogs.
- 2nd Draft Critique Service
Website of the Week
My Writing Life
Cute baby photo warning! My first baby — daughter Geneva Rose Sambuchino — turns 3 months old today. She was our precious Halloween arrival, and each day she continues to wow us with her absolute cuteness. Here are some pictures of this little angel growing bigger by the day. I figured I would share them for any readers who love baby pics. (I also posted pictures of her a few days after she was born.) Enjoy! Read more
Recently, the Guide to Literary Agents Blog passed 2,000 posts. Thank you to all my readers — both long-time and new — that continue to make this one of the biggest blogs in publishing. With this 2,000-post milestone behind me, I wanted to pass on 40 damn good reasons to keep reading this site in 2013.
Reason #1: Contests & free books galore. In fact, I’m starting with this post! I’ll pick 3 random commenters of this post after 2 weeks and the two winners can have any of my writing books that they want. Take your pick! Comment below for your chance to win! By the way, if you share this contest via Twitter and include your handle below for me to check that you did, you get not only one entry in the contest, but three! (WINNERS CHOSEN: seagoat, kelseygillespy, and justhowitsounds30 (Nathan).) Read more
Enjoy a little rock & roll music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun and different (again!) today as a Tuesday pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY. This is Volume 2. It runs until Dec. 19, 2012. The rules and the gist are simple. Watch the video. I play 12 riffs on my guitar. You try to name as many of them as you can, and e-mail me your answers to literaryagent at fwmedia dot com. The person who names the most correct answers gets lots of cool prizes (see below). Read more
Agent Gina Panettieri Teaches “How To Find The Right Agent To Sell Your Book” – New Webinar With Critique on Oct. 11, 2012
Who better to help you find the best agent than a great agent working in today’s marketplace? Here at WD, we publish the Guide to Literary Agents as a huge database of agents and what they want. But getting the book is just the first step. You need to investigate agents for possible submissions then research what they like and what they’re selling. The more you target your submissions, the better off you’ll be. And when you receive an offer of representation from an agent, how do you know if they’re the best fit for you in the long run? Luckily for us, we have an expert on the matter to teach a webinar. Agent Gina Panettieri (Talcott Notch) teaches “How To Find The Right Agent To Sell Your Book” on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. All attendees get a critique. Read more
RED DOG Book News Roundup: Book at Urban Outfitters, “Whine at 9″ Podcast Interview, and I’ll Be at Books by The Banks in Cincinnati on Oct. 20, 2012…
The big news concerning my own writing is that my new humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, is in Urban Outfitters. Exciting! Because of the close of Borders, getting your book into any specialty markets — be that Urban Outfitters, Lowes, Michaels or anywhere else — is very important. I walked by an UO in Chicago and looked all over the book table for my book, only to be pleasantly surprised to see that the book was, in fact, at the front table next to a bunch of other political stuff. Read more
The 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market Is Out — And Here Are 6 Darn Good Reasons to Buy It (and Naturally I’m Giving Away Books!)
The 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is out and available in major bookstores! I’m super pumped about its release. It’s a great resource guide for writers of picture books and novels for kids (young adult, middle grade) as well as illustrators. The new 2013 edition is all updated and packed with info. Now in its 25th year, the newest edition still provides great market and submission/contact information for book publishers, international publishers, literary agents, contests, magazines, conferences and more. Click through to read 5 testimonials about the book from amazing bestselling authors like Jay Asher and Meg Cabot.
THE GIVEAWAY!!! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks, I will pick 2 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (UPDATE: kathyellendavis and PatriceWrites won.) Read more
The new 2013 edition of the Guide to Literary Agents is out, all updated and packed with info. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 22 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 300,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you.
THE GIVEAWAY!!! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks, I will pick 3 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (Thank you to all who entered. The winners are Nicole Evelina, Robin.Deffendall and Julia Monroe Martin.) Read more
My Writing Life: Book Release Party Features Lots of Red, White & Blue; Gnome Book Spotted in Idaho Store
One of the most exciting things about having a new book released is sharing the exciting moment with family and friends. This past weekend, I got to do that with a low-key-yet-very-nice book release party for RED DOG / BLUE DOG that I hosted at my house. (For my last book, I organized something bigger, so this time I went simple.) Needless to say, my dog, Graham, was a huge hit at the event and was plum tuckered by the time everything ended. Read more
Oh my gosh the big day is finally here! My new humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, comes out today, July 31. So exciting! There’s some basic info about the book below, but I’ll just skip to the giveaway info:
– In celebration of release day, I will be picking three (3) commenters on this post to win a free copy of ANY of my books that they choose. Winners can pick from the following: 2012 Guide to Literary Agents, 2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, Create Your Writer Platform, Red Dog / Blue Dog, and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. (If you tweet or share news of my book release and this contest through social media such as Facebook, you get 2 entries into the contest instead of one. Thank you for spreading the word!) Good luck! Comment within 2 weeks to enter. (UPDATE: Renee Carter Hall, PoesChild, and sddblake won.) Read more
It’s Real! First Copies of RED DOG / BLUE DOG Appear — And I’m Looking For Bloggers/Journalists Who Want Review Copies
WooooHoooooo! The first physical copies of my next humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, appeared at BookExpo America in New York last week. Look below to see my agent, Sorche Fairbank, holding the first physical copy of the book I’ve seen. And I was super-pumped to see the book get its first major mention, as the huge political news site, Politicalwire.com, gave the book a shout-out this week, as well.
Keep reading the learn more about the chance to receive a review copy of the book. Read more
It’s been more than a year and a half since my first humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, came out. Writing that book was a fun, crazy journey that has now led me here. I am so freaking excited to finally announce the release of second humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG, a collection of dog photos with humorous politically-oriented captions. Because of this news, I am celebrating with some fat giveaways. (Update: bdaniels119, Kelly Mogk and skoneal90 won the contest.) Read more
Gnome Attack Roundup: We Sell Japanese Language Rights; Screenplay Being Written; “Attack of the Garden Gnomes” Marching Band Music Actually Freaking Exists
1. We sold Japanese rights to GNOMES! This is very exciting. We sold Italian language rights in mid-2010 but had lacked any good overseas news until this month. It was a nice bit of good news, because you make little sums of money for every territory you sell to overseas. Hopefully, it will sell to other countries, as well. (Come on, Germany!) Read more
The new 2012 edition of Guide to Literary Agents has more than 20 brand new literary agencies never before listed in the book. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 21 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 275,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you.
THE GIVEAWAY: Comment on this post, and in one week’s time, I will pick three winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (Update: Karen, Tammy and Anna won.) Read more
Gnome Attack Roundup: Madness in Ohio as Giant Gnomes Take Over Arboretum; I Make Appearance to Offer Anti-Gnome Guidance
Today I attended the opening of the Holden Arboretum’s Gnome and Garden Exhibit in Kirtland, OH. The exhibit goes into September.
Wow. There were huge designed gnomes all over the place. I kept waiting for one to pull out a huge machete and just end me right there for good. I walked around with a mustache and sunglasses on to protect my identify as the world’s top Gnome Defense Expert. Here are some photos I took: Read more
Gnome Attack Roundup: Fine Gardening Interviews Me, and I'm Headed to Kirtland, OH on June 19 to Battle Giant Gnomes (Seriously … Kind Of)
It’s summertime and gnomes are everywhere. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills—there are so many. I haven’t been writing about book news recently because I’ve been too busy reinforcing all my … Read more
I passed 1,500 posts recently. Rock on. This blog is approaching its four-year anniversary and keeps growing. Last I checked, the blog now receives 140,000 page views a month. I just want … Read more
The book is finally out and available in major bookstores! The new 2011 edition of Guide to Literary Agents has more than 20 brand new literary agencies never before listed in the … Read more
I had a nice “writer moment” today in a bookstore. I went into a bookstore and spotted several Gnome books in the humor section, so I started to sign them. Then this … Read more
Since the announcement last week that Sony & Robert Zemeckis were optioning the film rights to my book, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what happens next in the process. … Read more
Gnome Attack Roundup: Sony to Option Film Rights; Robert Zemeckis Attached to Project (and I'm Giving Away Free Books to Celebrate!)
On Friday morning, I got an e-mail from a coworker with the subject line reading “Holy. Crap.” That just about sums up my weekend. I received word late Thursday night that Sony … Read more
How to Survive aGarden Gnome Attack CONTINUATION OF MY SIX-MONTH ANALYSIS: Six months ago, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack was released into the wild. It has been an interesting, and … Read more
How to Survive aGarden Gnome Attack CONTINUATION OF MY SIX-MONTH ANALYSIS: Almost six months ago, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack was released into the wild. It has been an interesting, … Read more
I set up a Google Alert for my name a while back. Google Alerts are wild. You never know what you’re going to find out there on the Internet. So I was … Read more
How to Survive aGarden Gnome Attack Coverage & Interviews: Fangoria, a magazine and site dedicated to news about horror and the strange, included GNOMES on a fright fiction roundup review. Book Nut—a … Read more