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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, writers– wanna create, write, and OWN your own show? Here’s your chance… Last week, the Writers Guild announced the formation of StrikeTV, an ad-supported online “TV channel” boasting all original content … Read more
Thanks to a tip from blog contributor Kristen Howe, I heard that Park Literary Group, LLC had changed addresses. I figured I’d just post a complete agency profile for everyone. The Park … Read more
Goals are a good thing for poets. They help give focus to a person’s work and a sense of accomplishment when the goals are met. As an athlete (in my younger days), … Read more
Hey, everyone– Fans In Support of the WGA Strike, an online group of fans backing and fighting for the striking TV and film writers, is calling on all fans of late night … Read more
I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s celebration. I sure did and I managed not to do anything embarrassing this year, which is good considering that number seven on my 2008 … Read more
Hey, everyone– Welcome to 2008! Usually, around this time of year, you hear everyone saying things like, “Where did last year go?” “What happened to 2007?” “2007 just went so fast!” Well, … Read more
I hope everyone one had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve. Q&Q returns with a new post next Tuesday, so stay tuned. And thanks for making WD a part of your … Read more
To raise awareness for the plight of the striking film and TV writers, Fans4Writers, a website and organization of TV and film lovers, is launching a creative ad campaign: filling the skies … Read more
Hi Writers,I’m back, shamelessly two-days late for this, the wrap-up of my Project 20/20: Build my Blogroll Project. I apologize to anyone who worried I’d given it all up to join a … Read more
HOT OFF THE PRESS… Less than an hour ago, the Writers Guild announced that they have closed a deal with Worldwide Pants, David Letterman’s production company, which owns both The Late Show … Read more
Last night, I decided to browse a couple bookstores in my neck of the woods for a good literary journal or poetry collection. For some odd reason, I never seem to learn my lesson … Read more
“‘Everyday Poetry’ Honors Dirty War Dead,” by Bill Cormier from the Associated Press, discusses Poesia Diaria, edited by Virginia Giannoni, a collection of small notices published in Argentina newspapers called “recordatorios.” ***** … Read more
Christmas may not be over yet… at least not for all you aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers. In the wake of Nikki Finke’s grim pre-Christmas reportage, UnitedHollywood.com, the official blog of the Writers Guild strike, is … Read more
“Is WL Writers Agency an agency that is ethical and can get results? They are interested in my manuscript.” That’s the question of the day, submitted by a writer named David. The … Read more
When I’m not reading poetry, I love reading those Taschen art biographies. First, artists paint (hehe) interesting lives. Second, the paintings included in the biographies often work as excellent poetry prompts. I’m reading about Italian … Read more
Like many of you, Robert and I will be celebrating Christmas with our families and enjoying other revels over the coming week. Since we’re all probably going to be otherwise engaged in … Read more
Friends, In order to best mentally, physically and socially emotionally prepare for a second year of sometimes helpful, semi-effective, consistently above-average blog entries, we three bloggers of WD are taking a holiday … Read more
Hi Writers,Well, you didn’t think I’d forget about my Project 20/20: Build My Blogroll, just because it’s the holidays, did you? This is the 19th Friday in as many weeks in my … Read more
Okay, so it’s not really a “miracle” per se… unless by “miracle” you mean “funny YouTube video,” but as a “Farewell 2007″/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift, here’s a brand-new, hot-off-the-press WGA strike video. Enjoy it… … Read more
Wishing you Peace and Joy this Holiday Season -From the Writer’s Digest magazine family (Art Director, Kathleen DeZarn; Editor, Maria Schneider; Managing Editor, Kara Gebhart Uhl; Online Managing Editor, Brian A. Klems). … Read more
This installment features literary agent Debbie Carter of Muse Literary Management. Prior to starting her own agency in 1998, she worked for a literary agent, a talent manager, and in the record business as a talent scout. She has a BA in English and music from Washington Square University College at NYU.
She is seeking: literary novels and short story collections with popular appeal, mysteries, thrillers, suspense, espionage fiction/nonfiction, children’s fiction/nonfiction and literary narrative nonfiction. Other nonfiction areas of interest include music, writing, birds and gardening. Read more
Miss The Daily Show because the studios walked away from the negotiating table in the midst of the writers strike? Want the Daily Show writers– and writers of all your other TV … Read more
The Jan./Feb issue of Writer’s Digest has a good article by Susan Breen analyzing large agent pitch slams. And fortunately for us, the article is available online!
The article is definitely worth a look, as the chance to pitch agents is one of the biggest and best draws to writers’ conferences around the country. Some larger conferences have a gigantic gathering of agents where writers can pitch numerous agents in a short amount of time. (This is sometimes called agent “speed dating.”) Read more
Hi Writers,All good writing starts with a goal, either modest or lofty. I issued a challenge last week on this blog—to post your writing goals for 2008. 80 writers answered my goal … Read more
Q: I’ve written a novel and am now working on the technical aspects. What’s the proper way to number pages of a prologue? If the prologue is five pages long, would that … Read more