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


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Verna Dreisbach Opens Dreisbach Literary

Reminder: Newer agencies are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. Literary agent Verna Dreisbach, an...

Remember, You're the Expert

Everyone has a different way of presenting themselves to the media whether your goal is to be authoritative or entertaining. The main thing to keep in mind is to present yourself as an expert on your subject, whether you think you are or not. To be an expert, you don’t have to be the...

What Are First Serial Rights (or FNASR)?

Q: When working out a contract with a magazine, what are first serial rights?—Anonymous A: When you sell first serial rights to a newspaper, magazine or periodical for a piece of work you’ve written, that media outlet has the right to be the first place to publish the article/story/ poem. After the piece runs,...

What To Do When They Don't Want 'Unsolicited Manuscripts'

Q. I have recently completed a manuscript for a children’s book.  I have looked online for publishing companies to send the manuscript.  All the publishers I contacted said they do not except “unsolicited” manuscripts.  I came across the Guide to Literary Agents website looking for direction.  Do you have any suggestions on how to...

Be Realistic. It's a Tough Market Right Now.

Talked to agent Andrea Hurst yesterday and the conversation turned to the current state of the market.  According to Andrea, things are tough out there.  The publishing business is in no way immune to the recession going on and it’s difficult to sell books. To paraphrase her: How good are a new author’s chances...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #2

Hey, screenwriters— Thought we’d take another look at one of the entries in the SCRIPT NOTES ONLINE PITCH WORKSHOP.  Thanks to all of you who have submitted… and please—keep ‘em coming.  I’m happy to hold off on moving to Phase 2 (paragraph descriptions) if more people want to post stuff. Also, do me a...

Come to Thriller Fest!

Hi Writers,I’m psyched about an upcoming conference we’re co-sponsoring especially for thriller writers: Thriller Fest 2008. It’s July 9-12 in New York. Sandra Brown is the Thriller Master this year and will be delivering a keynote speech. I’m getting the chance to interview Brown, as well as Brad Thor, M.J. Rose, David Baldacci and...

On Mad Men: The Greatest Show for Writers Since, Well, You Know

Generally speaking, this blog is about the writing world, and the writing world is a large entity not just made up of books, magazines, and creepily specific dream journals. Within the confines of said blog, I try and talk about anything in that whole new world associated, connected to or living with good writing...

Calling All SW Virginia Writers!

I will be presenting to the Smith Mountain Lake Writers Group the night of Wednesday, July 2, 2008. That's right -- I'll be in "the jewel of the blue ridge mountains." Smith Mountain Lake is somewhat close to Roanoke (southeast of it) and not terribly far from Greensboro, N.C., if you're trying to place...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Joseph Mills

A-ha! Here’s an interview with a poet who participated in the April PAD Challenge and wrote his first ever sestina as a result. As Joseph Mills, author of Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers (Press 53, 2008), comments, “It was smart of you (meaning me, of course) to put that towards the end since by then...

Day 22 Highlights

On Earth Day, I asked poets to write either a poem about nature or industry; many poets chose to write about both. Here are the ones that caught my eye. *****   A Haze over Holland   A haze over Holland looks yellow and gray. It comes from machines of this modern day. Those...

Expert Guidance: Janet Reid

“I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is to be PLAINSPOKEN in a query letter. I’ll be happy if you never use more than one adjective, adverb or metaphor in a paragraph. Tell me who the characters are, what happens to them, and why I should care.”         – Agent Janet Reid...

Morning Call Time is MOVING!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to give you a quick update… for those of you who have been listening to Morning Call Time, my morning news podcast that aggregates the news from each morning’s trades, last week was MCT’s final week with mediabistro.com and FishbowlLA… which means there won’t be any new podcasts for a...

Sample Cover Letters for Poetry Submissions

After more than 12 years of writing, I finally felt confident enough to start submitting my poetry around for publication in January of 2006. Since then, I’ve had around 20 poems published in print and online journals–quickly growing more as both a writer and a submitter of poems. Writing the poems is the natural...

Getting Them Started Young

Both of my sons are participating in a summer reading program with the Preble County library system in Ohio. Among the various activities they’ve been asked to complete was writing a poem. While I was planning to work with them on that this weekend, imagine my surprise (and joy!) when they both already put together...

What No One Tells You

Hi Writers, I’ve been reading a chapter about what happens after you get a book published from an inspirational book Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. Heather is a very nice author (I’ve met her on several occasions) and has some great, down to earth advice about what to expect. Heather of course advises planning...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 007

Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of sci-fi and horror films with my boys, who both totally love the Universal horror flicks as much as the Steven Spielberg films (E.T., War of the Worlds, Jaws, etc.). Anyway, in many of them, I’ve noticed the movie is based around the concept of an invader coming...

Our New York trip to meet Literary Agents

Hi Writers,I’m near the end of my trip to New York City. As mentioned in my previous post, I’m accompanying our 2006 and 2007 Writer’s Digest annual competitions winners Mary Feuer and Alegra Clarke to meet literary agents. I’ve met so many great agents on this trip and learned so much. But I’ve decided...

All Apologies

I just want to apologize for a brief absence on the blog here–almost a whole week gone, eh? But as I was instructed as a young lad, if I ain’t got nothing good to talk about, then shut my trap. Or something like that. Anyway, the past week has been busy for me. After...

The Importance of Writing Constantly

Being very prolific can help you promote yourself. Write as much as you can and try to get published everywhere you can… and in saying this I mean not just writing in your main area of interest. Try sending out articles, essays, short stories and editorials to newspapers, magazines and journals that publish any subject...

Are Agents Stealing My Stamps?

Q: Do agents steam off the stamps on self-addressed, stamped envelopes (SASEs) and resell them? The agents demand pages, SASEs, that sort of thing, but—and I know this sounds cynical—many of my queries disappear. In this age, why should we need to use what they call “snail mail” for queries and why do agents...

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New Agent Alert: Guichard Cadet of Serendipity Literary

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. Guichard Cadet is looking to...

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New Agent Alert: Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. He is seeking: Literary fiction,...

2009 Article Excerpt: Nonfiction Book Proposals

I have officially wrapped up all editing on the 2009 Guide to Literary Agents. It’s over. Finally. Done.  (I. Love. Using. Periods.) To celebrate, I thought I’d post excerpts from the forthcoming upfront articles. 2009 Article Excerpt: Agent Mollie Glick of FoundryLiterary + Media talksabout nonfiction book proposals. “…There are lots of ways to think about...