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The Writer’s Dig
by Brian A. Klems

Online Editor Brian A. Klems covers everything about writing on his blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, he’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from himself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out his advice—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


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


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


New Agent Alert: Josh Getzler of Writers House

Editor's note: As of summer 2011, Josh is now agenting with the Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. Reminder: Newer agents 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...

Do You Send a Query or a Proposal or Both?

Q. I have completed my nonfiction book proposal and am ready to begin contacting agents.  In the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents, I notice that the preferred method is to send agents a query letter.  Does the agent require the proposal too, or is the proposal used to send to publishers?  Can I send...

Interning With an Agency

Q. I am in the southwest part of Virginia right now where you recently did a speaking engagement, though I didn’t go since I did not know about it, and I really want to get into the publishing business. However, I have made an obligation to stay here with a friend of mine for...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 013

For this week’s poetry prompt, I’m also going to discuss an interesting poetic form called the cento. A cento is a poem composed of lines from other poets’ poems. It’s similar to the “cut-up technique” made famous by William S. Burroughs and others. The main difference is that a cento uses only lines from...

Begging The Question: How To Use It Correctly

Q: I’ve been told that I often misuse the phrase “begs the question” in my writing. Can you explain to me how to use this phrase correctly and give me an example? Thanks. —Anonymous A: “Begging the question” is a phrase that’s commonly misused. In fact, even I misused it once in an editor’s...

Peter David Interview

Check out the following interview with renowned comics writer Peter David, author of Writing Comics with Peter David as well as numerous comic titles including The Hulk, The Dark Tower, X-Men and many others. IMPACT Books and Writer’s Digest Books Publicity Manager Greg Hatfield catches up with Peter at Comic-Con and talks about Peter’s favorite...

Poets Helping Poets: Poetry Websites of Interest

Way back in June I asked poets to share their favorite poetry-related websites, and I found myself buried under recommendations. So many of the sites were great, but I tried to be hard-nosed about which ones I included on this list, because I know you’re all very busy people who can’t go checking out...

Comic-Con Aftermath

Hi Writers, I’m back in the office after an awesome Comic Con. I’ve got lots of stuff to share with you, which I plan to do in bite sized chunks. The show was great, both from the perspective of a writer and also as someone who just loves comics and popular culture. I attended...

We're going to Maui!

Hi Writers,It’s my great pleasure to announce our sponsorship of the 2008 Maui Writers Conference, which this year is on the road to Honolulu. Brian and I will be there for three full days over the Labor Day holiday, August 29-September 1 reporting live from the conference via this blog and our e-newsletter. So...

Blog: The Changing of the Venue

Lake Tahoe, friends. That’s the spot that hep people call the bee’s knees. The place looks like Lake George on steroids–all muscular mountain peaks, blue-green lakes, and people seemingly unaffected by my acquisition of a (white!) iPhone. There is something about beautiful spaces, about nature really stepping up its game, that makes me want...

New Poetic Form, Busiest Poet, and More

I’ve just got a few random links today, including a poetic form shared from a Poetic Asides reader and other stuff. ***** The poetic form is from Salvatore Buttaci for a poem he calls The Aragman. He provided me a link to the article he wrote on the form at http://www.alongstoryshort.net/PoetCraft.html. It’s a little...

Exclusive Submissions: Treading Carefully

Q. I have been sending out multiple submissions for the past few months on my completed manuscript. I received and granted a one-month request for reading exclusivity to an agent. The next day, I receive a request from another house. What is the best way to proceed with the second request? I am not...

Top 10 Ways To Win Writers Digest's Annual Screenwriting Contest – Part I

Writers Digest’s annual writing contest is in full swing… fiction, poetry, non-fiction… and, of course, screenwriting.  I’ve been judging the screenwriting division for the past few years, and I always love it—it’s a blast reading and discovering new talent.  And this year is no different, so I’ve been poring over hundreds of scripts, many...

Comic Con Saturday

It’s Saturday morning and I’m getting ready to head to the Con. Yesterday was a whirlwind… lots of great stuff going on.  We kicked off the day with a signing from Peter David, author of Writing for Comics with Peter David, who was great fun. IMPACT Books Publicity Manager Greg Hatfield got a chance...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Martha Silano

Some of the poets I’ve interviewed for this blog were sought out by me; some have been recommended by other poets; and some have come to me on their own. In the case of Martha Silano, author of Blue Positive (Steel Toe Books, 2006), it was kind of a combination of these events. In...

Comic Con Day 1

Yesterday was the first actual day of Comic Con. I spent a lot of time selling books in the IMPACT books booth, and trying to interview authors. I attended a panel by renowned comics editor Andy Schmidt who runs www.comicsexperience.com where aspiring comic writers and artists can take classes to learn the ropes and...

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Agent Advice: Lilly Ghahremani of Full Circle Literary

This installment features Lilly Ghahremani of Full Circle Literary in San Diego. Lilly is an attorney now "using her powers for good" as a literary agent with Full Circle Literary (co-founded with Stefanie Von Borstel). Seeking: "A wide range of nonfiction, driven by a compelling narrative voice (even if it's a how-to). She...

FinePrint Literary's New Blog

FinePrint Literary Management in New York has started a new blog: http://fineprintlit.blogspot.com/. FinePrint is a medium-sized agency full of super-cool agents.  Hat tip on this great info: future famous writer Nancy Parish.

Poetic Terms: The Stanza

While this might be too basic for some of the blog readers, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share some poetic terms for poets who’ve not taken formal courses in poetry. Personally, I love knowing more about the various terms, and I’ve got such a bad memory that sometimes it’s good for me to have a...

Comic Con Preview Night

Yesterday was the first day at Comic Con. Spent the day setting up the IMPACT Books booth. Preview night at the con was insanely crowded. The show is sold out everyday and the floor is packed with people. I mostly worked at our booth last night. Comic writers Peter David and Marv Wolfman stopped...

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Talking Script/Screenplay Managers

Q. I was wondering on how you can help me get the right agent. I’ve written a screenplay, which is copyedited and registered. My query letter and my synopsis seem to be very good. – Natalie GLA: A-ha. You’re looking for a script agent, not a literary agent. More specifically, you want a script...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 012

Poetry is a form of communication–communication between the poet and the reader. But can poetry also be a form of instruction? Possibly. For this week’s poetry prompt, I want you to write a poem with the title of “How to (blank)” where you use the title as the springboard for your poem. You can...