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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
I received an email yesterday from DARREN, an aspiring TV writer, who lives in Tampa. Darren writes… “Hey, Chad— I know the strike is in full swing, but I’m working on a … Read more
Hey, everyone– If you’re gearing up for the post-strike staffing season, I just wanted to let you know that I’m teaching a new TV spec-writing class at Mediabistro in Los Angeles, beginning … Read more
Sitting at the bookstore yesterday, I flipped open the latest issue of Poets & Writers and saw they dedicated five small articles to agents. Lo and behold, the first paragraph of the … Read more
Christine Fugate, a friend of mine, has a cool new contest for mothers out there, so I figured I’d spread the word. The gist is below. Click on the links to learn … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– this is too cool an event to pass up! If you’re a fan of The Sopranos or AMC‘s Mad Men, check out this special Writers Guild Foundation discussion with showrunner … Read more
After the tremendous response to United Hollywood‘s FairDeal4Writers video contest, United Hollywood has expanded the competition into the 1st Annual United Hollywood Short Film Contest, open to any aspiring writer, director, or … Read more
Hi Writers,I’m so glad to finally be back from my long holiday/vacation. I hope your holidays were both peaceful and productive. A special thanks to Brian and Kara for keeping the blog … Read more
“‘Subprime’ named Word of the Year,” by the AP from CNN.com, reports that the American Dialect Society chose “subprime” over challengers such as “waterboarding” and “Facebook.” I guess a natural exercise would … Read more
Hello friends, I hope you–like me– found time over the holiday to reflect on the year that was and consume nearly twice your daily recommended caloric intake in Lindt chocolate truffles and … Read more
Q: When I cold-call someone to interview them, I feel like a fraud because I think they must be wondering what my real reason for calling is. I have a suspicion this … Read more
Thanks to the Screen Actors Guild‘s Friday announcement that actors and movie stars would not be crossing Writers Guild picket lines to attend this weekend’s Golden Globes awards ceremony, NBC has yanked … Read more
Hot off the press from the WGA… To Our Fellow Members, For our first joint communication of 2008, we are pleased to report very good news. This morning, United Artists signed an independent … Read more
“Charles Simic sets scenes, probes inner realm in new collection ‘Sixty Poems,’” by Barbara Berman from the San Francisco Chronicle, reviews the U.S. National Poet Laureate’s latest collection of poetry from Harvest … Read more
This installment features literary agent Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency, who specializes in Christian/inspirational fiction, nonfiction and all subgenres therein. Read more
While the Writers Strike may have decimated this year’s pilot season, one thing it won’t decimate is TV’s continuing need for pilots. Once the strike is over, networks and studios will be … Read more
Reminder: Newer agencies 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.
Actively seeking brilliant, funny, original middle grade and young adult fiction, both literary and commercial; witty women’s fiction; and pop-culture narrative nonfiction. Quirky is good. Does not want picture books. Read more
Q: Under what circumstances are manuscripts (or series) auctioned? I have seen this mentioned in several book deals and am just curious about it. - Tara To help define both an auction and … Read more
As you know, it was announced today that Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s film studio, United Artists, has closed a deal with the WGA, agreeing to all the striking screenwriters’ proposals and … Read more
In what could be the first major victory for the the Writers Guild of America, United Artists– the independent movie studio started by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks … Read more
There are a million “Best of 2007” lists out there right now, but this is really the only one you need. Although this is a screenwriting blog, I decided to rank my … Read more
A piece I wrote on Haiku is in the current issue of Writer’s Digest at your local magazine rack. My piece, “The Soul of Brevity,” is on pages 83 and 84 and … Read more
(Actually posted by Kara)This holiday my husband, Tucker (our 90-lb. lab) and I drove 14 hours (in a two-door Honda Civic) from Cincinnati to Boston to celebrate Christmas with my in-laws. On … Read more
I’m unburying myself from mountains of post-holiday work, but just wanted to say Happy New Year!
Last month Robert very kindly responded to being “tagged” for a meme in which the blogger posts eight things about himself that readers probably don’t know. (It was very kind because my … Read more
More questions come in concerning agents, queries, and all the rest. Questions from Dean. Read more