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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


April PAD Challenge: Day 5 (& possibly 6)

Okay, apparently libraries are not open in Eastern Tennessee on Saturdays. I’m currently coming to you live from an arcade in a tiny mall on the main strip of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Woo-hoo! … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Sorry for the late post today. It’s been a doozy of a morning. First, the power was knocked out by some intense storms early this morning, so my alarm did not wake … Read more

In honor of National Poetry Month

Hi Writers,It’s National Poetry Month, so I thought I’d offer up an excerpt courtesy of our wonderful new Poetry columnist Dorianne Laux. This is from the June 08 issue of Writer’s Digest … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

As with many programs, getting through the 3rd day is usually the toughest. So I’m going to try and make Day 3 a little easier to help everyone complete the first 10% … Read more

(Fore)going Postal

Hi Writers,Please excuse me for abruptly ending My Archival Wanderings without proper closure, but I have a wonderful excuse: Our managing editor (and contributor to this blog) Kara Gebhardt Uhl had a … Read more

WHAT NOT TO WRITE: Leatherheads

Hey, screenwriters– Today’s post is brought to us by Martin Scorsese‘s new Rolling Stones IMAX movie, Shine A Light.  (Okay, not really, but it looks incredible, so do yourselves a favor and … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Wow! Y’all came through in a big way yesterday. I’m so pleased that I nearly had a heart attack coming in this morning and seeing the response. Woo-hoo! Before I get into … Read more

Online Series of the Week: "The Writers Room"

Hey, guys– Special thanks to Jason, a loyal reader who steered me toward The Writers Room, a new online series from Stun Creative and Sony Pictures Television.  Distributed via Hulu, NBC-Universal and … Read more

Agents Taking Pitches at WD Conference in Los Angeles!

This is one of probably many upcoming posts about Writer’s Digest Books’ upcoming writers conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. WD Books always hosts an awesome one-day conference the day before BookExpo America begins.

Last week, I e-mailed plenty of literary agents and script managers about the conference and asked them to partake in the Pitch Slam, where agents, managers and editors sit down to take pitches from writers one-on-one. The slam is the biggest event of its kind. Last year at the conference, we had 60 agents and editors before we cut it off because of space issues. So far, here is the current list of confirmed agents: Read more

Getting Out of Book Blurbs

Q: How do I get out of writing a blurb for a friend’s not-so-good self-published book?—Anonymous A: Friends are always asking for favors—May I borrow your leaf blower? Will you watch my … Read more

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: Manic Tuesday

I am embarrassed, friends, to report that I committed a rather large  error a few weeks ago that I now feel (not entirely)comfortable  sharing with the group: Noticing a recent sale on … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Soooooo, time to begin the April Poem-A-Day challenge! I can tell from the site traffic and personal emails waiting for me this morning that everyone is chomping at the bit to get started. … Read more

Cool Term: 'Knockbuster'

Heard this term over the weekend on SlashFilm, a movie news site. A “knockbuster” is a cheap rip-off product that capitalizes on a highly anticipated product coming out soon.  These are easier … Read more

READER QUESTION/GUEST PERSPECTIVE: How Do I Break Into Clip Shows?

Hey, screenwriters– Today’s question comes from loyal reader Valerie, who writes… “Hi Chad!… I am interested in creating clip shows and would love to hear your valuable insight on these types of … Read more

New Agent Alert: Spencer Ellsworth at Lori Perkins

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APRIL 2009 UPDATE: Spencer is on a hiatus from agenting. (I think he’s back in school.) Check with the L. Perkins Associates agency from time to time to see if he has returned. Read more

Poem-a-day in April: Write, Read, Etc.

So I’ve been going out of my way to build excitement about my write a poem-a-day challenge in April. Should be big-time fun for all. But the Academy of American Poets has … Read more

The Quickest Thesis Insanity: Big Apple Weekend Edition

Friends, I am going to have to keep this short due to a ridiculous and fairly robust sprinkling of work on my plate today. The story I’ve been working on for Boston … Read more

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Charlie Stickney… Writing For Animation

Hey, screenwriters– One area of entertainment I’ve never worked in– but often get questions about– is animation.  And with all the booming animated projects out there– Family Guy, The Simpsons, Drawn Together, … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: W. Somerset Maugham

Hi Writers,Today, I’m sharing–from our world-renowned archives (see my previous posts)–an excerpt from a piece W. Somerset Maugham (Of Human Bondage author) wrote entitled “Write About What You Know” from the December … Read more

Why there's no one true form of poetry (and why there shouldn't be)

Stumbled upon “Japanese Poetry Persists in Korea, Despite Disapproval,” by Choe Sang-Hun from The New York Times, and found myself going back over that dangerous territory of what the purpose of poetry … Read more

Is poetry a collectible commodity?

There’s nothing especially unique about this news story about Eureka Books celebrating national poetry month. I mean, many poets (including me) have their plans for getting through April. But reading the article … Read more

What is a Platform?

This is a complicated subject, and a lot of people could write many pages and barely scratch the surface on this.  That said, here’s my short version of how to define “platform.” Platform, … Read more

The Greatest Tom Cruise Impersonation You Will Ever See…

HILARIOUS.  (It’s from the upcoming Superhero Movie…)

My Archival Wanderings: Gay Talese

Hi Writers, Here’s a very recent entry to the WD archives, excerpted from one of my favorite interviewees of all time—Gay Talese. This is from an interview I conducted with Talese and … Read more

Jericho Sneak Peak…

Hey, guys– Not sure if you’re Jericho fans or not, but as you probably know, CBS canceled the show again last Friday.  (For those of you who don’t know– Jericho was cancelled … Read more

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