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


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...

Literary Definitions: Vol. 7

Ever come across a publishing term and wasn’t sure what it meant?  (Who hasn’t?) The Buried Editor and I are pairing up to start a series to help define some oft-used terms in the publishing world. Here’s Volume Seven: Buzz – Interest and positive word-of-mouth talk about something. For example: “The new Hulk film is supposed...

I'm in New York!

Hi Writers,I’m reporting live from New York City, where I’m accompanying our annual competitions winners Alegra Clarke and Mary Feuer. So Alegra and Mary and me are making the rounds to meet literary agents. This is part of their prize for winning our annual competition for the past two years. I was so happy...

On Amazon and the Economics of Clicking My Mouse

I just read an article in the NYTimes titled “Small Publishers Feel  Power of Amazon’s ‘Buy’ Button,” in which they talk about how Amazon– in an effort to try and get an increasingly more favorable cut of the  profits from publishers– will take away the “Buy now with 1 click”  button on many of...

WRITERS UNITE!

Hey, guys— Just wanted to let you know about an upcoming WGA meeting to continue the fight for fair treatment and compensation for reality TV writers. Although the writers strike is long over, the battle for writers’ rights is not.  Most reality writers work without equitable pay rates, overtime, or even insurance and retirement...

Maria in NYC

Hey Folks, Maria is in New York City this week and put Zac and I in charge of holding down the WD fort—oh yes, there’s actually a WD fort, and it’s made up of empty Mt. Dew cans, Gatorade bottles and various office supplies. But just because she’s OOO (Out Of Office) doesn’t mean...

The Importance of Staying Up to Date

In today’s fast paced world it’s easy to be quickly forgotten if you don’t keep up with constant change. An important part of marketing your work is staying up to date. If you’re promoting your book or trying to promote yourself as a freelance writer you need to present yourself as an authority on...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ScriptCity.com

Hey, everyone– Special thanks to Jen Grisanti, of Jen Grisanti Consultancy, for pointing me to this week’s great website.  But if you’re looking for particular movie scripts or scripts of produced TV episodes, check out Script City at www.scriptcity.com.  Unlike Drew’s Script-O-Rama or Daily Script, Script City is a pay site… but it has...

Help Them Help You

Hi Writers, One of the most important things I want to accomplish with this blog is to help answer the questions that arise when working with your publisher to promote your book. I work with authors every day who are confused about or don’t really understand exactly what goes on in our marketing and...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 006

There are many reasons people write. For instance, some just wish to communicate; others write for money; still, more than a few write to be remembered–or even be the inspiration for another to take up the pen (or keyboard, since pen is soooooo last century). For this week’s prompt, I want you to write...

What Should I Charge to Ghostwrite a Book?

Q: A friend approached me about writing her memoir. I don’t know how to charge for it, especially since I have no idea how much material I’ll have to work with and, therefore, how long it might be. Also, I know I want to share credit, on the one in a million chance that...

Best Short Story Request Hot Line

Friends, I’m back having (barely) survived the reunion. The campus  was beautiful (espresso bar in the library!), the people looked more  or less the same except the ones with 7 months worth of baby in their  bellies or new haircuts, and everyone got, well, very, very drunk.  And although I know that people on...

PITCH WORKSHOP: The First Entry!

I am pleased to announce that we have our first entry in the Script Notes Pitch Festival!  A big round of applause—and a thank you—for going first goes to E. Daniels, who posted the first one-sentence pitch Thursday evening. Just as a quick refresher… we’re in Phase One of our Script Notes Pitch Fest,...

3 ACTS OF BAD BLOGGING

Hi Writers,      I’m a big fan of blogs, after all, haven’t they essentially leveled the playing field for writers? You don’t need money, connections or a publishing contract to have a blog, what’s not to love. But since it is a medium that’s so freely available, many would-be writer/ bloggers make the...

E-mail Shenanigans

The hot weather must be driving all the crazies inside and into their e-mail accounts. I received a plethora of weird e-mail messages today, but I’m not going to focus on the weird here; instead, I’m going to share two e-mails that I thought might be relevant to poets. If I’ve harped on these...

A few interesting titles…

I was playing outside with my sons most of this weekend–and I’ve got sunburn to prove it. For me, it gets hard to do any reading at the beginning of summer, because I feel like I’ve got to be out doing stuff. However, there always comes that point when I feel like I need...

Greg Parasmo Leaves the Agent World

You remember literary agent Greg Parasmo as the man who gave one of the funniest agent interviews of all time last year. He recently contacted me saying that he has left agenting for a job at Scholastic.  Greg worked at Linn Prentis Literary.  I was having a difficult time contacting Linn this past year...

Open Books: A Poem Emporium

Recently, we sent the 2009 Poet’s Market to the printer for a July release (actually, it’s due back on my birthday of July 18, funny enough). In the book, there’s an in-depth interview with the owners of Open Books–one of only two poetry-only bookstores in the country. While the following article isn’t as thorough as...

Miranda Rights for Writers

Hi Writers, I guess you all know by now how much entertainment I get from our writing forum. Anyway, we were having a discussion yesterday about how being a writer affects our close personal relationships. This was contributed by Cindy Adams (aka “Gookblink”) and I’m posting here with her permission. Enjoy. MIRANDA RIGHTS FOR...

Rejection IS better than nothing

Was talking to another editor yesterday about Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market–which is my current top priority project at work–when she, a fiction writer, mentioned that she had received two rejections in the past week. Suddenly, I felt envious–she was, at least, receiving rejections. She, at least, was submitting her work. I have not...

Day 21 Highlights

That’s right! I have not forgotten there are still 10 days of highlights left from the April PAD Challenge–well, actually, 9 days after this one. For Day 21, I asked poets to write a “snooping” poem where they take some overheard conversation and work into a poem. Here are the highlights. *****   Listening...

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How I Met One of the ’20 Worst Agents’

fter every conference I attend and present at, I usually blog about the happenings of the weekend - such as the people I met and the things I saw, etc. If you've read the blog long enough, you'd know I go to a lot of writers' conferences. And the first one I...

Agent Pet Peeves (2009 GLA Article Excerpt)

I don’t why I didn’t post this earlier (probably because sickness and the LA conference have dominated my attention)… Anyway, 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 an excerpt from one of the...

Spencer Ellsworth Temporarily Not Taking Submissions

I just sent him an e-mail and got an auto-response saying that he is “closed to submissions for the foreseeable future.” if you don’t know, Spencer Ellsworth is a new agent with L. Perkins Associates.  Chances are, he started and just got buried in submissions.  It will take him a little while to sift...