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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, guys– After posting my interview with podiobook producer and executive Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff a few days ago, Mark interviewed me on the phone for his writing website, Word Sushi. We talked … Read more
This weekend, at the Space Coast Writers’ Conference, I sat down on a large panel of agents and editors. During the panel, we pretty much talked about everything. One particular subject of interest that came up was online writing contests, and whether or not winning such contests was a good way to hook an agent. Read more
Hey, screenwriters– Today’s Reader Question comes from Anna, a budding novelist, who writes: “I’m trying to break into the field of being a writer (of books). I have written a couple stories … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– This is a Script Notes exclusive! If you’re an entertainment news junkie like me, you know that staying informed on industry happenings and business developments is essential to succeeding in … Read more
I don’t know how many readers here are old enough to remember the old Snagglepuss cartoons (or maybe they’ve shown them on Cartoon Network or something). Anyhow, whenever Snagglepuss was poised to … Read more
Hi Writers,Since there seems to be a great deal of angst surrounding my advice to try to keep your blog posts short, I’m going to do one final post on the subject … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– I wanted to talk about something kind of unique today… something I just learned about (and am still learning about) myself: the world of online audio books– better known as … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– just got this notice from the New York TV Festival, which is a terrific up-and-coming TV festival (and there aren’t many of those– most TV festivals are totally bogus… but … Read more
Hi Writers, I’ve noticed, in my web wanderings, wordiness is a rampant problem in the blogosphere. So to continue the theme of my previous post on cutting down wordiness, I’ve taken a … Read more
I just got an e-mail from someone working at Writers in the Sky Literary Agency, a (practically) brand new agency that was openly looking for clients. They have shut down for good, … Read more
READER QUESTION: How Do I Contact TV Shows Directly (if I'm applying for a job, not stalking the star)?
Hey, screenwriters– First of all, my apologies: I have a full inbox of emails and reader questions from you all, and I apologize I haven’t been able to get them more quickly. … Read more
Lindstrom Literary Management has a new Web site, as well. Check it out and review the detailed submission guidelines. A few months ago, Lindstrom sent out a notice saying they were temporarily … Read more
Stimola Literary Studios, LLC, has a new e-mail and Web site. The new Web site has information on submissions, clients, previous sales and everything in between. It will definitely help if you … Read more
Hey, screenwriters & filmmakers– The Accolade Competition isn’t anything I’ve ever worked with, but it sounds cool. Check it out… Now in its sixth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces … Read more
AAR Agent Susan Ann Protter is currently looking for a few good thriller writers. She recently updated her listing, saying that she is looking for new mystery and thriller writers. Susan accepts queries … 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.
Finding one new agent building her client list is a nice treat. But what if you had two at the same agency? That’s exactly what’s happened at the Prospect Agency. Here’s the down-low on these two new(er) agents. Read more
Hey, everyone– Wanted to let you know about a really valuable resource I hope you all take advantage of… Mediabistro.com‘s FishbowlLA and I have just launched Morning Call Time, the only daily … Read more
Hi Writers,Several people commented specifically on tip #10: Keep it Short from my “20 Tips for Good Blogging” article. They remarked that it’s difficult to keep posts to 300 words, and that … Read more
I, like many youngish people, use the text message feature on my cell phone in an excessive manner, which is indisputably annoying and potentially harmful, especially when trying to cut things or … Read more
I’m not going to get into any political debates on my poetry blog. Y’all can go to the WritersDigest.com forum and start a thread on that. However, I found it interesting that … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– There’s a first time for everything, and for aspiring television writers, few things are more thrilling or memorable than your first job– that first time in the writers room, that … Read more
Several poets blog. So thought I’d share some interesting pieces on blogging that some of my co-workers have been throwing online: “20 Tips for Good Blogging,” by Maria Schneider from The Writer’s … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– Regardless of how the strike pans out, the WGA is working hard to protect the rights and livelihoods of TV’s reality writers. If you can attend, here’s info on a … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– So: the DGA signed its deal with the AMPTP last night, and Hollywood is abuzz with what it means for directors, writers, actors, the strike, and the future of Hollywood. … Read more
Hi Writers,I want to thank everyone who stopped by and left a comment on my 20 Tips for Good Blogging post. I’ve learned so much from your comments and I’m going to … Read more