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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

Mad Anthony Writer's Conference & Book Festival

Today is the start of the Mad Anthony Writer’s Conference & Book Festival at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center in Hamilton, OH. There are a few authors and speakers from Writer’s … Read more

Speaking of Fonts

Hi Writers,As I mentioned in the previous posts, I’m switching fonts for my blog posts—a minor face lift you might say. Fonts seem like a trite thing for writers to concern themselves … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Today’s prompt is to use a photograph to create a poem. You can raid your dusty photo albums, look through your daily newspaper, scour the Internet, etc. But you must use a … Read more

Day 12 Highlights

You were asked to write an apology poem on Day 12, but I want to start off by saying, “Thank you,” for all the great poetry written on this day. Good poems … Read more

Who is this person, anyway?

You might be wondering, “who is the person writing this blog and why do I care what they have to say?” That’s a great question. In fact, as a writer trying to … Read more

Embracing the M-Word

Hello fellow writer.   My name is Scott. Like you, I’m a writer. I’m also fortunate enough to have a job working for Writer’s Digest Books. While I always imagined myself working … Read more

Heacock Literary Agency Change of Address

New address for the California agent of the Heacock Literary Agency. (Note that the agency’s two reps live in different states. This is only a change of address for Ms. LeBaigue.) Catt … Read more

Reaching Your Audience

Hi Writers,A lot of writing books come across my desk and I try to give most of them at least a quick read before stacking them on my bookshelves. So I thought, … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 23

It’s hard to believe that a week from today I’ll be posting the last prompt of the month. We’re already almost a month older than we were at the end of March. … Read more

Day 11 Highlights

Paper clips! There were a lot of paper clip poems written on Day 11–when I asked you to write a poem describing a thing. Actually, I found that your focus on description … Read more

UPCOMING EVENTS: 2 Great Festivals

Hey, guys– Whether you’re on the east coast or the west coast, I wanted to give you a heads up to a couple cool festivals this weekend. First, check out the Indepedent … Read more

What is a Literary Executor?

Q: I was recently approached by one of my relatives (my father’s cousin), who asked if I would be her literary executor. I don’t really know what this means and thought you … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Today is Earth Day! Yay! I think most people can agree that this planet is a good thing. However, wars are fought over how we should use it and/or live on it. … Read more

Day 10 Highlights

On Day 10, I asked you to pick a location and write about it. I feel so redundant, but these poems just keep getting better and better. Seriously. I actually had to … Read more

National Editor's Day

Hi Writers, Is there such a thing as National Editor’s Day? Well, there should be. Maybe I’ll send that one in to Chase’s Calendar of Events, where I was most recently the … Read more

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: Aftermath

Friends. I cannot describe to you the relief that I feel right now. I imagine it’s somewhere between finishing a (Boston!) marathon and beating Tetris on Level 9 with the music set … Read more

READER QUESTION: How Are TV Writers Paid?

Hey, screenwriters— Today’s question comes from Dan, who comments at the end of Friday’s post in reference to something I had written about writing on TV shows.  I had written… “You might … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Today’s prompt requires that you do a little snooping. That’s right: I want you to write a “snooping” poem today. Basically, you need to write a poem that incorporates a bit of … Read more

Day 9 Highlights

On Day 9, I asked you to pick a word (any word) and write a poem about it or using it. My hope was that you would have fun and be playful … Read more

Agent Advice: Brandi Bowles of Foundry Literary + Media


This installment features Brandi Bowles of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in New York. Brandi has been an agent with Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc., in Brooklyn, New York, since 2007. She was previously an assistant editor at Three Rivers Press.

She is seeking: She represents fiction in the areas of science fiction, women’s fiction, quirky or experimental literary fiction, and light-hearted southern fiction. Her favorite novels include House of Leaves, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Love is a Mix Tape, and World War Z. She is also looking for nonfiction proposals in the areas of music, pop culture, sociology, science, humor, and prescriptive/narrative/how-to. Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 20

We are now 20 days into the challenge! Woo-hoo! And spring has definitely sprung here in Ohio. It’s incredible. Since Thursday, I’ve been getting out every day and playing disc golf and … Read more

Anatomy of a Bad Query Letter: When a Good Idea Gets Buried and Good Intentions Go Wrong


Agent Nathan Bransford has his “Anatomy of a Great Query Letter” posts. So, on my blog, for educational purposes only, I present “Anatomy of a Bad Query Letter” (Part 1). Read more

My Adventures in Vermont…

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Just got back from Vermont and the League of Vermont Writers’ spring session, where I spoke on all things agents. Good little group up there, and everyone was quite nice. Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 19

Good morning! Today’s prompt will require that you use a little memory, but not your own; because for today’s prompt you need to write a poem about a moment (or moments) you … Read more

READER QUESTION: From 9th Grade to Hollywood…

Today’s question(s) comed from Corey Nolter, a 9th grader who’s an aspiring screenwriter working on a research paper about his future career.  Corey asks a ton of questions, so I’m just gonna … Read more

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