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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

WD's 101 Best Sites: Agent Blogs

The new issue of Writer’s Digest has the totally awesome “101 Best Websites for Writers” feature.  It should be online for free within a few weeks.  Keep you eyes peeled on www.WritersDigest.com … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Before getting to the prompt, I think it would be nice of us all to send a little goodwill in Elizabeth Keggi’s direction. Her poems have been highlighted a few times already this month … Read more

Day 8 Highlights

The prompt on Day 8 asked you to write a poem based on one of two paintings: “Piazza d’Italia,” by Giorgia de Chirico, or “The Little Deer,” by Frida Kahlo. To see … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 16

I don’t want to alarm you, but today’s challenge was a bit of a challenge for me this morning. Hopefully, you won’t struggle as much as I did. But even if you … Read more

Day 7 Highlights

On Day 7, I asked for a “ramble” poem. As usual, you came through in a big way. So many great poems, and here are some that really stuck out for me. … Read more

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Best Movie So Far This Year–and Maybe Since Citizen Kane

Okay, so I’ve been sitting here racking my brain, trying to think of some witty, pithy intro to talking about Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and nothing’s coming, so I’m just gonna say it… … Read more

Next Stop: Rutland, Vt.

Off to Rutland, Vt. in a few days for the spring session of the League of Vermont Writers. It’s not exactly a conference, per say, as I am one of the only speakers. I’ll be doing a lot of speaking on queries, pitching and agents so attendees can soak up info in preparation of a mini agent pitch slam that the league is hosting in July. (If you live in/near Vermont, consider going.) Read more

Simultaneous Submissions vs. Multiple Submissions

So what’s the difference between the two? Sometimes, the two words are used interchangeably, so quickly note the difference. Simultaneous submissions are when you query multiple agents about the same project.  This is … Read more

Are You Using Trademarked Words in Your Writing?

Q: An editor once pointed out that I was using brand names instead of the generic equivalent. How am I to know which words have been trademarked and which aren’t?—Anonymous A: When … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Half. Way. There. That’s where we’re at after you finish today’s prompt. Somehow we’ve made it–huffing and puffing–to the top of the hill and starting tomorrow we’ll be running downhill to the … Read more

Day 6 Highlights

On Day 6, I asked you to record the details of your day and write a poem about it. The resulting poems were great. While they may seem “routine” or “ordinary” to … Read more

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: The Last (Poetry) Week

Well, friends, it all comes down to this (week). I have exactly 72(!) hours before I have to turn in a copy of my thesis to my thesis  advisor and readers. And … Read more

WHAT NOT TO WRITE: Vantage Point

Hey, screenwriters— I just want to say this up front: my wife made me go. Okay, that’s a lie. She definitely wanted to go more than I did, but the truth is: … Read more

Before You POD

Hi Writers,With all of the chatter surrounding Amazon’s recent announcement that they’ll now only sell POD (print-on-demand) books printed by their subsidiary BookSurge, I wanted to offer some important questions to ask … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Even before some of the comments left yesterday, I’ve noticed there is a community forming with this April PAD Challenge. Many of you have thanked me, but you should really be thanking … Read more

Day 5 Highlights

Day 5’s prompt was sent via a cranky PC in an arcade in a little mall in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It cost me $3 for 30 minutes of access. So, I pounded out … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Heart. There has been a lot of heart on display in your poems this month. I just wanted to get that out there and say, “Thank you.” It’s been a real pleasure … Read more

Agent Advice: Verna Dreisbach of Dreisbach Literary Management


This installment features associate agent Verna Dreisbach of Dreisbach Literary, a boutique agency in California. Award-winning author Verna Dreisbach’s writing has appeared in literary journals, magazines, books and newspapers, and she has served as a ghostwriter for a New York Times bestseller. She develops ideas for The Idiot’s Guides and The Everything Guides and is always seeking topic experts and co-authors to write additional books in these series.

She is seeking: literary and commercial fiction, with a particular fondness for mystery and thriller. Nonfiction areas of interest include: Biography/Memoir, True Crime, Business/Economics, Social History/Culture, Spirituality/Religion, Native American Indian, Parenting, Women’s Issues, Health, Travel, Cookbooks, Science. Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 12

My sons are keeping me busy this morning, so let’s get straight into the prompt.  We’re going to write an apology poem.  You can apologize for ending a relationship, breaking a chair, … Read more

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Deleted "The Office" Clip!

Special thanks to Jen G. for pointing out this deleted scene from last night’s The Office episode, “The Dinner Party” (which, if you missed it, had some terrific moments)… By the way– … Read more

Open Letter from Amazon

Hi Writers,Since there seems to be some problem accessing the link posted below, here’s the letter Amazon posted re: their stance on carrying POD books: [posted March 31, 2008]Open letter to interested … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Today’s high temperature is supposed to be in the mid-70s, which is soooo great. The next 3 days are projected in the mid-40s: Say what?!? Gotta love Ohio in spring. ***** The … Read more

Day 4 Highlights

Day 4’s prompt was to write a thankful and/or tribute poem. While I’ve been digging reading all these poems each night, this prompt was surprisingly heartwarming. There’s a lot of love and … Read more

READER QUESTION: How Do I Pitch or Distribute My Web Series?

Hey, screenwriters— Today’s question comes from John… who actually sends in several questions, so I’m gonna spread them out and answer them one at a time. So, first up, asks John, “what … Read more

Amazon's Response

Hi Writers,I’m trying to get you more information about the Amazon/POD situation (see my previous post). Today, I put in a request for an interview with an Amazon exec. and received this … Read more

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