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


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


On Journalizing, Radio Shows and Organic Breakfast Foodstuffs

As I’ve mentioned at least seven times before, I dabble in  journalizing as a contributing editor at Boston Magazine. Unlike the  stuff you see here, Boston Magazine is all about chronicling the  lives of other people in Boston, which means I don’t get to speak in  the first person, which is hard for someone...

Think Big, Start Small

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was great. The weather was awesome. My wife and I spent some time working in the yard. I began power washing the fence around my back yard. It’s a pretty big fence and the job is one I’ve been putting off for some time now because it...

Literary Definitions: Vol. 6

Ever come across a publishing term and wasn’t sure what it meant?  (Who hasn’t?) The Buried Editor and I are pairing up to start a series to help define some oft-used terms in the publishing world. Here’s Volume Six: Attribution (Levels)        On the record – When everything in an interview is fair game to...

PRINT WINS!

Congratulations to our sister publication [at F+W Publications] Print magazine, for once again winning an Ellie Award—its 4th—for general excellence in its category at the National Magazine Awards! Here’s a link to all of the ASME award winners; as always, an impressive, inspiring lineup. Pictured here: a close-up photo of the Ellie Award, and...

Iron Man Update…

Marvel Studios doesn’t waste any time. After Iron Man opened at over $100 million, they’ve already announced the premiere date of Iron Man 2… April 30, 2010!  This is less than two months before the premiere of Thor, which is scheduled for June 4, 2010. The following summer, Marvel will release Captain America on...

The Copyright Symbol and Your Submissions

During the PAD Challenge, I noticed quite a few poets including either the word Copyright or the copyright symbol–a C inside a circle. While I understand the fear of someone stealing your work and may have even done that with my own fiction and poetry earlier on as a writer, I want you to...

MOVIE TALK: Iron Man

Before I begin this post, I need to warn you: spoiler alert!  If you haven’t seen Iron Man, and you want to, be warned: I am about to give away parts of the movie.  So proceed at your own risk… Saw Iron Man last night.  And all in all, it’s a fun way to...

USPS ups its rates–effective May 12

Beginning May 12, the United States post office is changing its rates (after doing so less than a year ago). First-Class Mail stamps will increase from 41 to 42 cents; however, those who have the Forever stamps can still use them–a savings of one penny per letter (or bill). I’m glad, because I’ve still...

Why Can't I Get Past the Query?

Q. I know this will sound trite, but I have exhausted a multitude of possibilities, and have come up with a dismal fact. Unless you are a well-known actor or perhaps a sports personality, having a manuscript even looked at is like urinating on a rope and expecting the flow to reverse itself …...

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Agent Advice: Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management

his installment features Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management (formerly of Wendy Sherman Associates). Michelle has been with Wendy Sherman Associates since 2004, and has also previously worked with Joelle Delbourgo Associates. She enjoys working directly with emerging writers. She is seeking: literary and commercial fiction, YA, memoir, pop culture, humor, graphic novels, popular...

Should You Include Pages With Your Query?

Q. When a listing [agent] says they get back to us on queries in X amount of time and on manuscripts in Y amount of time, what does this mean? Unless the listing specifically says no manuscripts without queries first, is it all right to send a manuscript without a query?            ...

Sharing Your Ideas For Critiques

Q. I would like to have someone with knowledge read the first draft of my first few chapters of my story to see what they have to say about it, good or bad, and tell me if I need to go back to college. (chuckle!) Do I need to pay for that service? My...

April PAD Challenge: Wrap Up

Thanks to all of you, the April PAD Challenge was a phenomenal success. In fact, I think there’s no way around making this an annual event moving forward. You can’t even know how honored you’ve all made me feel throughout the entire month, and I’m thrilled to see that a supportive community has developed....

Day 16 Highlights

On Day 16, I asked you to write a poem with a twist at the end–something I was calling the “Alfred Hitchcock” poem. I was really impressed with the results and the creativity. Here are the highlights. *****   Wanted:   Roommate willing to share the rent, the bills, the responsibility; to put the...

TALKING POINTS: The Top 5 Most Influential Bands?

Okay, guys– I’m turning to you to weigh in on a debate I was having with my neighbors a couple nights ago.  My wife and I were having a barbecue with our neighbors and we decided to make a list of the top 5 most influential bands/musical artists of the last… well… we didn’t...

What Marketing Means Today

Almost everyday I talk to book authors who have different ideas on how they think their book should be marketed. Everyone has a different approach to the way they think about “self promotion.” A handful of authors are really interested in doing lots of lectures and workshops to promote their books… and that really works...

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

So this is it: the final prompt of the April PAD Challenge. We’ve made it; we’ve made it. I’d be sad that it’s all over, but I think in some ways we’re only beginning. (For more on that, check back tomorrow when I do the April PAD Challenge Wrap-Up.) Today, I want you to...

Day 15 Highlights

Wow! On Day 15, I offered two prompts for Tuesday. And an overwhelming number of you wrote a poem for each prompt. Some of you even went well beyond that. I’m guessing it’s because of the prompts themselves: one prompt was to write about taxes (it was Tax Day here in the U.S.); the...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TVbytheNumbers.com

Hey, TV fans– Wanted to introduce you to my new favorite website/blog, TVbytheNumbers.com.  Here’s what’s awesome about this site… first of all, it’s dedicated only to TV ratings, so unlike Variety or The Reporter or Mediaweek, you don’t have to wade through a bunch of other news and information in order to get the...

Hey, Graphomaniacs!

Hi Writers,I know I said Friday was going to be the official rant day here on The Writer’s Perspective, but you never can predict when a good rant is going to come on. I read an essay in the New York Times Sunday Book Review: “You’re an Author? Me Too!” that really gets to...

Gary Snyder Wins 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize!

Kudos to my managing editor Alice Pope for sending along the following press release from the Poetry Foundation: CHICAGO — Poet Gary Snyder is the winner of the 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Established in 1986 and presented annually by the Poetry Foundation, the award is one of the most prestigious given to American...

Why Do Authors Use Pseudonyms?

Q: Why do authors use pseudonyms?—Anonymous A: Authors write under pseudonyms, or pen names, for a variety of reasons. Established authors will do it to cross genres and keep from aggravating their fan bases. Wouldn’t you be a bit ticked off if you bought Stephen King’s next book expecting blood, guts and hair-raising intensity,...

Building Your Platform Through Public Speaking

In previous posts I’ve mentioned marketing yourself by building a “platform”. Your platform is basically the things you do to publicize yourself, to get your message out there. Obviously, we can’t expect to just write a book or article and expect publishers to come knocking at our door or snatch up the work we send them and go...

Post Thesis Insanity: In Defense of Thesis

Defending a thesis is a lot like trying out for your high school’s  theater company’s production of Rent. You spend a lot of time  worrying and practicing beforehand, but in the end, you realize your  uncredited role as the second waitress at the Cat Scratch Club mostly  involves just being there. My thesis defense...