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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

What Does That Mean? Literary Definitions: Vol. 5

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 … Read more

i.e. vs. e.g.

Q: What’s the difference between “i.e.” and “e.g.”? I thought they were interchangeable, but I was told that this isn’t the case. Can you please explain?—Claire Collord A: I used to have … Read more

Why Can't I Find a Agent In Town?

Q. No matter what I do, I cannot find an agent in Missouri for fiction.  What am I doing wrong?       – Margie A. You’re doing nothing wrong.  There are just no … Read more

Robert Hass and Philip Schultz claim the 2008 Pulitzer in Poetry

Hass’ collection Time and Materials earned him the 2007 National Book Award and now he’s the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer in Poetry. I remember reading this collection around 10 months ago–because … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Eight rhymes with great, which is what you are if you’ve been keeping up with the PAD challenge so far. Today is a Tuesday–sooooooo, that means you will get to choose from … Read more

The POD Wars

Hi Writers,The publishing community is in a virtual tizzy over Amazon’s recent announcement that they will require all POD (print on demand) books to be published by Amazon’s subsidiary POD company BookSurge. … Read more

Day 1 Highlights

As promised, here are some highlighted poems from the Day 1 prompt, which was a “2 for Tuesday” treat where poets could either write about a first or beginning OR they could … Read more

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: In Loco Parenthetical(s)

I keep have a recurring dream. I wake up in my bedroom to my alarm  going off and my roommate standing in the doorway asking me why I  haven’t turned off my … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Today’s prompt is to write a “ramble poem.” That is, I want you to write a poem where you just start rambling without worrying about where you’re headed. Very interesting things can … Read more


A couple days ago I said I didn’t want this blog to turn into a movie review site.  And now I’m thinking… why the hell not?!  I mean, we’re here to write … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 6

As mentioned in the previous post, today’s prompt involves recording all the details of your day and generating a poem from that material. To make the poem interesting, you probably do NOT … Read more

Literary Agent Straight Talk at NCWC – Featuring Rachelle Gardner, Kristin Nelson and Jessica Regel


Three agents were here with me at the Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference:

- Kristen Nelson of Nelson Literary
- Jessica Regel of Jean V. Naggar Literary
- Rachelle Gardner of Wordserve Literary

Here’s some of what they had to say: Read more

My Adventures in Fort Collins…

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I’m in Colorado wrapping up the Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference and, let me just say, it has been an excellent conference from start to finish. Kudos to organizer Kerrie Flanagan for doing such a great job.

I presented on query letters and gave the keynote speech after dinner the first night. Of note was my speech on query letters titled “How to Snag an Agent” that was misspelled “How to SHAG an agent.” Read more

READER QUESTION: If I Sell a TV Show, How Do I Protect My Merchandising Rights?

Today’s reader question comes in response to my animation interview with Charlie Stickney last week.  BuffyFan47 asks an interesting question… “I’d like to hear Charlie’s and your advice on how an animation … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 5 (& possibly 6)

Okay, apparently libraries are not open in Eastern Tennessee on Saturdays. I’m currently coming to you live from an arcade in a tiny mall on the main strip of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Woo-hoo! … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Sorry for the late post today. It’s been a doozy of a morning. First, the power was knocked out by some intense storms early this morning, so my alarm did not wake … Read more

In honor of National Poetry Month

Hi Writers,It’s National Poetry Month, so I thought I’d offer up an excerpt courtesy of our wonderful new Poetry columnist Dorianne Laux. This is from the June 08 issue of Writer’s Digest … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

As with many programs, getting through the 3rd day is usually the toughest. So I’m going to try and make Day 3 a little easier to help everyone complete the first 10% … Read more

(Fore)going Postal

Hi Writers,Please excuse me for abruptly ending My Archival Wanderings without proper closure, but I have a wonderful excuse: Our managing editor (and contributor to this blog) Kara Gebhardt Uhl had a … Read more

WHAT NOT TO WRITE: Leatherheads

Hey, screenwriters– Today’s post is brought to us by Martin Scorsese‘s new Rolling Stones IMAX movie, Shine A Light.  (Okay, not really, but it looks incredible, so do yourselves a favor and … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Wow! Y’all came through in a big way yesterday. I’m so pleased that I nearly had a heart attack coming in this morning and seeing the response. Woo-hoo! Before I get into … Read more

Online Series of the Week: "The Writers Room"

Hey, guys– Special thanks to Jason, a loyal reader who steered me toward The Writers Room, a new online series from Stun Creative and Sony Pictures Television.  Distributed via Hulu, NBC-Universal and … Read more

Agents Taking Pitches at WD Conference in Los Angeles!

This is one of probably many upcoming posts about Writer’s Digest Books’ upcoming writers conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. WD Books always hosts an awesome one-day conference the day before BookExpo America begins.

Last week, I e-mailed plenty of literary agents and script managers about the conference and asked them to partake in the Pitch Slam, where agents, managers and editors sit down to take pitches from writers one-on-one. The slam is the biggest event of its kind. Last year at the conference, we had 60 agents and editors before we cut it off because of space issues. So far, here is the current list of confirmed agents: Read more

Getting Out of Book Blurbs

Q: How do I get out of writing a blurb for a friend’s not-so-good self-published book?—Anonymous A: Friends are always asking for favors—May I borrow your leaf blower? Will you watch my … Read more

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: Manic Tuesday

I am embarrassed, friends, to report that I committed a rather large  error a few weeks ago that I now feel (not entirely)comfortable  sharing with the group: Noticing a recent sale on … Read more

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