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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


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’

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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

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

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