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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

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

Day 16 Highlights

On Day 16, I asked you to write a poem with a twist at the end–something I was calling the “Alfred Hitchcock” poem. I was really impressed with the results and the … Read more

TALKING POINTS: The Top 5 Most Influential Bands?

Okay, guys– I’m turning to you to weigh in on a debate I was having with my neighbors a couple nights ago.  My wife and I were having a barbecue with our … Read more

What Marketing Means Today

Almost everyday I talk to book authors who have different ideas on how they think their book should be marketed. Everyone has a different approach to the way they think about “self … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

So this is it: the final prompt of the April PAD Challenge. We’ve made it; we’ve made it. I’d be sad that it’s all over, but I think in some ways we’re … Read more

Day 15 Highlights

Wow! On Day 15, I offered two prompts for Tuesday. And an overwhelming number of you wrote a poem for each prompt. Some of you even went well beyond that. I’m guessing … Read more

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TVbytheNumbers.com

Hey, TV fans– Wanted to introduce you to my new favorite website/blog, TVbytheNumbers.com.  Here’s what’s awesome about this site… first of all, it’s dedicated only to TV ratings, so unlike Variety or … Read more

Hey, Graphomaniacs!

Hi Writers,I know I said Friday was going to be the official rant day here on The Writer’s Perspective, but you never can predict when a good rant is going to come … Read more

Gary Snyder Wins 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize!

Kudos to my managing editor Alice Pope for sending along the following press release from the Poetry Foundation: CHICAGO — Poet Gary Snyder is the winner of the 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry … Read more

Why Do Authors Use Pseudonyms?

Q: Why do authors use pseudonyms?—Anonymous A: Authors write under pseudonyms, or pen names, for a variety of reasons. Established authors will do it to cross genres and keep from aggravating their … Read more

Building Your Platform Through Public Speaking

In previous posts I’ve mentioned marketing yourself by building a “platform”. Your platform is basically the things you do to publicize yourself, to get your message out there. Obviously, we can’t expect to just write a … Read more

Post Thesis Insanity: In Defense of Thesis

Defending a thesis is a lot like trying out for your high school’s  theater company’s production of Rent. You spend a lot of time  worrying and practicing beforehand, but in the end, … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Yay! So many of you have made it past the sestina! And I’m still alive, though I’m sure many of you no longer consider me your friend. It’s nice to put in … Read more

Day 14 Highlights

On Day 14, I asked you to write a poem with the title “This is how (blank) behaves” where you fill in the blank and go from there. Many people wrote about … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 28

I was distressed to read the following message in the comments for yesterday’s prompt this morning: Doubt I can finish the month…spent the last 24+ hours in ICU after my husband suffered … Read more

Making Connections

Hi writers, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was great. I enjoyed the nice weather and got to go to the Mad Anthony Writer’s Conference on Saturday. Writer’s Conferences are great … Read more

Day 13 Highlights

With Day 13’s poems, I got the best of both worlds: poetry and music. I asked you to write a poem that’s inspired by a song or lyrics from a song. Most … Read more

My Adventures in East Texas…

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Just got back from a camp neat Pittsburg, Texas, in the eastern portion of the state, and the Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization Annual Conference. The conference went well and the attendees/organizers were remarkably nice. It seemed like every person I met with was just so pleased with my advice. I think it was more their zest for life than me firing wisdom pearls all the time. Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Well, we’re working our way closer to the end. After we finish today’s prompt, only three days will separate us from finishing this April PAD Challenge. On May 1, I plan to give … Read more

TALKING POINTS: Does Marketing Affect the Quality of a Film?

Hey, guys– So, I wanted to do something a bit different today… which is basically just: pick your brains and chat about stuff.  A couple weeks ago, I posted my “review” on … Read more

The Newest Genre: Quagmire Fiction

First we had “cyberbilly.” Then it was “elegant erotica.” Now it’s “quagmire fiction.” This new genre, as coined by agent Barbara Poelle (see post just below), is found along the fringes of literary fiction, … Read more

Barbara Poelle’s ’10 For 10 Rule’


Barbara Poelle‘s “10 for 10 Rule: 10 Questions Writers Should Ask Themselves Regarding Their Query if They Have Received 10 Rejections from Agents.”

1. Are you thoroughly researching the agencies you are sending to?
2. Does the specific agent you are querying represent your genre? Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Today’s prompt is to write a poem with the title of “I’m so over (_____).”  You get to choose what you’re “so over” with, and write a poem about it.  I’ll be … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 25

A few times this month, I’ve felt like the forces working around my daily life are keeping track of my prompts (most of which I had set in stone before April started). … Read more

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