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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

Day 19 Highlights

On Day 19, I asked you to write a poem about a memory of yourself that you personally could not remember. For instance, something from early on in your youth, from blacking … Read more

The Art of Pitching – Wednesday Night!

Hey, TV writers– If you have an idea for the next The Big Bang Theory, Bones, or Dancing with the Stars, I’m teaching a 3-hour seminar at mediabistro this coming Wednesday on … Read more

Building Community

Hi Everyone, I’ve been reading all the wonderful comments that have been posted here at the M-Word and I must say that I’m very encouraged. I’m glad that writers are finding my … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 001

My baby brother is (finally) going to graduate with a degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma after nine years of study. You see, his big problem is that he’s even … Read more

Principles, Not Rules!

Remember the movie Adaptation? (Second mention of that movie in a week!  I know!)  There is a scene where two brothers are sitting around, talking about the craft and business of screenwriting. … Read more

Day 18 Highlights

There is no connection: That is the line I asked you to use in writing your poems on Day 18. It was a line that’d been rolling around in my head for … Read more

So you want to be a journalist?

 Hi Writers,I just hired a new editor this week to join the Writer’s Digest editorial team. In the process of screening applicants and going through the whole interview process with a number … Read more

The A's and An's of Grammar

Q: I know “a” goes before words beginning with a consonant and “an” before words that start with a vowel. But it seems like lately it’s become fashionable in print to use … Read more

Agent Advice: Paul S. Levine of Paul S. Levine Literary


This installment features Paul S. Levine of the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency. Paul has 27 years experience as a lawyer and has helmed his agency since 1996. Read more

Day 17 Highlights

Before we get into the highlights: I’m going to be posting the Wednesday prompts here on the blog starting tomorrow. Let the good times roll! Also, the community is buzzing along in … Read more

On Journalizing, Radio Shows and Organic Breakfast Foodstuffs

As I’ve mentioned at least seven times before, I dabble in  journalizing as a contributing editor at Boston Magazine. Unlike the  stuff you see here, Boston Magazine is all about chronicling the … Read more

No More Excuses: Find a Writers’ Conference Near You

I know how important writers conferences are to writers. They energize us, allow us to network, and give us the chance to meet agents face to face and increase the chances of snagging one exponentially.

That’s why I have listed about two dozen conferences. I have tried to find at least conference for every state that’s either smallish in size or population, so people can no longer use the excuse, “Well I would but there’s none around here.” The only state without a conference is South Dakota. Note: Not all states are listed here, because plenty of states have multiple conferences and finding them should be no problem. Read more

Think Big, Start Small

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was great. The weather was awesome. My wife and I spent some time working in the yard. I began power washing the fence around … Read more

How Many Words Constitute Plagarism? I Want to Know What You Were Taught in High School.

So I just blogged a little about what constitutes “fair use” and how it’s all debatable.  On this note, I want to talk about plagarism.  Now I’m not really interested about talking … Read more

Literary Definitions: Vol. 6

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 … Read more


Congratulations to our sister publication [at F+W Publications] Print magazine, for once again winning an Ellie Award—its 4th—for general excellence in its category at the National Magazine Awards! Here’s a link to … Read more

Iron Man Update…

Marvel Studios doesn’t waste any time. After Iron Man opened at over $100 million, they’ve already announced the premiere date of Iron Man 2… April 30, 2010!  This is less than two … Read more

The Copyright Symbol and Your Submissions

During the PAD Challenge, I noticed quite a few poets including either the word Copyright or the copyright symbol–a C inside a circle. While I understand the fear of someone stealing your … Read more


Before I begin this post, I need to warn you: spoiler alert!  If you haven’t seen Iron Man, and you want to, be warned: I am about to give away parts of … Read more

USPS ups its rates–effective May 12

Beginning May 12, the United States post office is changing its rates (after doing so less than a year ago). First-Class Mail stamps will increase from 41 to 42 cents; however, those … Read more

Why Can't I Get Past the Query?

Q. I know this will sound trite, but I have exhausted a multitude of possibilities, and have come up with a dismal fact. Unless you are a well-known actor or perhaps a … Read more

Agent Advice: Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management


his installment features Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management (formerly of Wendy Sherman Associates). Michelle has been with Wendy Sherman Associates since 2004, and has also previously worked with Joelle Delbourgo Associates. She enjoys working directly with emerging writers.

She is seeking: literary and commercial fiction, YA, memoir, pop culture, humor, graphic novels, popular science and narrative nonfiction. Books that capture elements of the strange and wonderful will always pique her interest, and she also looks for those that offer a unique perspective of the world. Read more

Should You Include Pages With Your Query?

Q. When a listing [agent] says they get back to us on queries in X amount of time and on manuscripts in Y amount of time, what does this mean? Unless the … Read more

Sharing Your Ideas For Critiques

Q. I would like to have someone with knowledge read the first draft of my first few chapters of my story to see what they have to say about it, good or … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Wrap Up

Thanks to all of you, the April PAD Challenge was a phenomenal success. In fact, I think there’s no way around making this an annual event moving forward. You can’t even know … Read more

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