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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
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
Hey, screenwriters– If you’re in the L.A.-area tomorrow, I’d love to invite you to a special party I’m hosting at Twist, the new bar/restaurant at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. You may have … Read more
Even though Nancy Breen has left the blog officially, she still shares various news she finds. And she’s literally on the other side of cubicle wall–so she’s still very close to Poetic … Read more
Hey, everyone– the latest update: the WGA West Board of Directors and the WGA East Council will meet tomorrow and officially recommend the new WGA/AMPTP deal. This recommendation will start an speeded-up … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– As analyses and perspectives on the pending deal go up, I’ll try and post links to the most interesting. Check these out… • UnitedHollywood.com – Ad Supported Streaming: Point/Counterpoint• Huffington … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– After an all-night negotiating session, haggling over deals, the WGA and AMPTP have set in ink their new deal. The deal is very similar to the deal finalized by the … Read more
Hi Writers,Thanks to everyone who chimed in on my previous post about the gray areas of publishing your creative writing online. One thing that seems to come up over and over again … Read more
Hey, screenwriters— One of the most controversial topics of the last few months has been the issue of writers writing for talk shows. After all, it’s no newsflash that most of the … Read more
Reminder: Newer agents 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.
She’s not exactly brand new, but I just learned that Pippin Properties has a new(er) agent: Samantha Cosentino, who joined the agency this past year. Samantha is one of three agents at the boutique agency.
Nappaland Literary Agency, an agency based in Colorado that primarily handles Christian and inspirational work, wanted me to remind writers and blog readers of the agency’s specific submission procedures. Because Nappaland is … Read more
So it’s true… after exactly three months of striking, the WGA may finally have an acceptable offer from the AMPTP. Although we don’t know the exact terms, the proposed contract supposedly improves … Read more
Q: The book critic at my local newspaper mentioned in an article that she doesn’t review self-published books. Is this common procedure? Are there any major dailies that do?—Joyann Dwire A: Some … Read more
Hi Writers,One of the questions that came up when I originally posted my 20 tips for good blogging was the issue of whether or not it makes sense to post your fiction … Read more
Last summer, I took a lit course on postmodern fiction. It was a sampling of different postmodern authors from Pynchon and Burroughs to Foster-Wallace and Mark Leyner and, aside from being a … Read more
A change in submissions for Jet Literary. Apparently, the slush pile has grown dangerously large and Jet is not taking queries for several months. The best way to know when they open … Read more
Q: I have recently sent out query letters to a lot of agents and got some helpful advice, though the book I wrote wasn’t for them. Now I am writing a new … Read more
The mailing address for the Steve Laube Agency has changed. It is now: The Steve Laube Agency5025 N. Central Ave.No. 635Phoenix, AZ email@example.com The agency handles both fiction and nonfiction, and primarily … Read more
If you’re planning on querying the Scribe Agency, do it over e-mail. According to their new submission guidelines, they are only accepting queries via e-mail now. For more information, check out Scribe’s … Read more
Last week, I posted submission info on Will Entertainment. Before I knew it, Verla Kay’s Web site, among others, picked up the news and spread it like wildfire. Garrett Hicks (of WE) must … Read more
Hi Writers,I’m sure many of you were, like me, coerced into watching the Super Bowl last night. As a consolation, check out this McSweeney’s piece—a post-football season Monday morning funny for you. … Read more
Of course they should! Read: “Poet-mania: Mary Oliver’s sold-out appearance sparks a ticket frenzy on Craigslist,” by John Marshall from SeattlePI.com The article reports on the popularity of Mary Oliver in the … Read more
Still no official contract announcement from the WGA or AMPTP, but the L.A. Times published this story this morning, offering more hope that a deal could be imminent. Very imminent. Then, just … Read more
Posted on the New York Times less than ten minutes ago… WILL A WGA DEAL WITH STUDIOS BE ANNOUNCED TODAY?!
Hey, screenwriters— Every once in a while, I like to take a few moments to pay tribute to someone who’s done something so lame, so asinine, so irrefutably SUCKY that they deserve … Read more
I’ve just had one of those weeks where I feel like I’m slighting the word “busy” by saying that I was busy. Actually, it was a bit beyond that. In fact, at … Read more
Hey, guys– After Wednesday’s guest perspective from TV exec/producer Jen Grisanti, in which she talks about her new company, Jen Grisanti Consultancy, loyal reader Josh and a couple other people asked if … Read more