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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


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The Academy of American Poets is getting into its bag of poetic tricks again (always in a good way). After offering up a poem-a-day by well known poets through April, they’re now allowing poets … Read more

Can I Use Song Lyrics in my Manuscript?

Q: What are the legal ramifications of reproducing song lyrics in a manuscript? If permission from each copyright holder is necessary, what’s the best way to secure these permissions? Also, can I … Read more

Mama vs. the Maid

Hey, screenwriters— Saw two movies this last week—Made of Honor and Baby Mama—that I thought made an interesting comparison of romantic comedies.  Neither is particularly brilliant, but I think Baby Mama succeeds … Read more

New Agency Alert: The Croce Agency

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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 commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Does not want to receive poetry, children’s, sci-fi, romance, horror or fantasy. Read more

Eberhardt Moves to Reece Halsey North

Editor’s note: As of 2011, April has formedher own agency. See her new website here. ———- April Eberhardt has recently left the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and moved to Reece Halsey North. … Read more

Send Us To Your Site!

Hi Writers, Now is the time to bring your website to the attention of the WD editors. We’re taking nominations for the best writer’s website to feature in the October issue of … Read more

A Heartwarming Blog of Staggering Length: James Frey's Redemption, My Mantra, and More

Look, friends, I was going to tell you to read the book Lush Life by Richard Price. This blog entry was supposed to be dedicated to my own personal love letter to … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Poet Julianna Baggott

My first experience with Julianna Baggott was on my first edition as editor of Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books). I asked her to write a diary style piece on how she published … Read more

All Hail the Query Shark!

Awesome new blog on the Web: Query Shark, run by the great Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Management. I talk about query letters all the time at conferences, and attendees always ask … Read more

Day 20 Highlights

On Day 20, I asked you to write a Love poem. And the sparks started flying immediately. There’s no better way to start a week than with a little love, so without … Read more

Poets Have Mothers, Too!

And if you’re looking for a brilliant, cost effective, creative and last minute gift for Mother’s Day, do what I plan on doing for my mother: Write her a poem. Actually, I’m … Read more

UPCOMING FILM FESTIVALS: May Edition

Hey, filmmakers– Here’s a list of upcoming film festivals that you can both attend and submit to.  Much of this comes from MovieMaker Magazine, which does a great job compiling these things.  … Read more

Bluegrass Festival of Books at JBB Lexington

Hi Everyone, Wanted to let everyone know about an event I have coming up. Next weekend I’ll be attending the Bluegrass Festival of Books at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY where … Read more

Journalism: Breaking In

Hi Writers,To follow up on my last post about landing a journalism career, I asked our newly hired managing editor, Zac Petit—who graduated from J-school three years ago—to share his thoughts. Here’s … Read more

Thank You IRS!

While I’m not sure how much this stimulus/rebate thing-a-ma-bob is actually going to help the economy (just as I was skeptical of the earlier stimulus check that apparently didn’t help out), I’m … Read more

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

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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

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