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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
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
Q. I recently parted ways with my agent after a few years of representation. As I move forward, do I tell a prospective agent that I previously worked with another agent? If … Read more
Q. In a novel synopsis, how much should you go into detail about a character in terms of their backstory and past? I want to keep my synopsis short, as you suggest, so I don’t know how to approach this. Read more
As I’ve mentioned on this blog previously, I have a Facebook account under my full name (Robert Lee Brewer). And as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m all about playing online Scrabble at that … Read more
I’m always interested in discussing interview possibilities with poets who wish to be featured on my Poetic Asides blog, which gets a high amount of daily traffic that is always on the … Read more
Hey, TV writers and producers– If you’re in L.A. and interested in knowing how to develop and sell the next Dancing with the Stars or Millionaire Matchmaker, I’m teaching a 3-hour reality … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– Half an hour ago, the Writers Guild of America announced that membership had voted to ratify the new AMPTP contract, putting an official end to the tumult and negotiations that … Read more
Q: I’ve recently decided to turn my book into a screenplay and I’ve read several articles that say you must have a “logline” if you want to sell your script. What’s a … Read more
As reported on CNN.com, the giant coffee chain Starbucks plans to close every location of their 7,100 stores to do a 3-hour training session for their 135,000 employees. The shutdown is scheduled … Read more
Hi Writers,Last week, we hosted an AP reporter who flew in from New York to spend two days combing through the Writer’s Digest archives. He’s writing a feature on the history of … Read more
Someone once told me that if you hear something three times, it means the universe is sending you a message. Well, I haven’t heard this three times yet, but a question came … Read more
It’s been a while since I’ve tackled a poetic form, but as you know, I love the French forms. The rondeau is no exception. It has a refrain and rhymes–two elements I … Read more
I’m not good at saying goodbye. Although to be fair I probably don’t know anyone who would say that their talents lie primarily in goodbyes, I just mean I dislike leaving things. … Read more
The Oscars start in two hours. I have to make my picks public somewhere, so here I go… (FYI, I’m only picking the big 9, not everything) Best Picture: No Country for … Read more
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.
Actively seeking: narrative nonfiction, memoir, literary fiction, humor, and visual books. Does not want to receive: genre fiction nor YA and children’s books. Read more
Did you know that San Francisco has hills? I mean, I’ve watched a significant portion of the fifth season of Full House so I thought I knew what I was getting myself … Read more
In Southwestern Ohio, we’ve been receiving consistent doses of snow this month. The totals have not been overly impressive (usually 1-4 inches per storm), but the snow has hit a rhythm with … Read more
Special thanks to loyal reader Becky, who read yesterday’s Oscar picks and sent in this great video from the Upright Citizens Brigade… NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN AWARDS
Yesterday, during dinner with my father, I had a breakthrough. “Holy (swear word),” I said, during one of our long stretches of silence. “That’s how I should do it!”“Are you drunk,” my … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– The 80th Academy Awards are barely 72 hours away, so I figured it was time to have the only conversation more divisive than politics: OSCAR CHOICES. I gotta say– overall, … Read more
The editors at Pebble Lake Review offer a sample cover letter. This specific example is for fiction, but it’s easy to see how it could be modified for poetry. http://www.pebblelakereview.com/samplecoverletter.htm A word … Read more
Hi Writers,There seems to be some blogosphere chatter surrounding a quote from the Laurell K. Hamilton interview in our April issue. So I’m posting that particular Q&A here. The full interview will … Read more
Words are complicated. Back in the old days, I used to know if I’d accomplished something by my word count. I’d say: I’m going to write 2000 words today and then I’m … Read more
“Windham Poetry Group Overcomes Adversity,” by Heather Murdock from The Daily Campus, reports on a high school poetry group that’s been performing locally and competing in poetry slams since early 2004. As … Read more
This installment features The Bent Agency’s (formerly with Trident Media Group) Jenny Bent, who has represented more than a dozen books on the New York Times bestseller lists since becoming an agent in 1996. At Writer’s Digest Books, we were pleased to have her as a contributor to the 2003 Guide to Literary Agents. Read more
Hi Writers,In celebration of our April 2008 issue dedicated to Pop Fiction hitting newsstands this week, here’s a quote from our cover subject Laurell. K. Hamilton: I’ve been writing stories since I … Read more