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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

More WGA Side Deals… and Are Studios Breaking the Law When They "Force Majeure" Their TV Writers?

Hey, everyone– This email is hot of the press from the WGA… and a really interesting read… To Our Fellow Members, As you know, since the conglomerates walked away from the bargaining table on … Read more

Sestina–6×6+3=39 (that's math)

So yeah, I’ve been meaning to post something about the poetic form known as the sestina for quite some time. It’s actually one of my favorite forms. You pick 6 words, rotate … Read more

READERS POLL: Should the Writers Guild Accept the DGA's Deal with the AMPTP?

Today marks Day 74 of the Writers Strike… and the sixth day of the Directors Guild‘s negotiations with the AMPTP.  All of Hollywood is watching with baited breath to see if the … Read more

Shawn Ryan, Warren Littlefield, and other Hollywood bigwigs duke it out over TV censhorship

Hey, guys– I know this is super last-minute, but if you live in L.A. and have nothing to do tonight, this should be a great evening… THE JUNIOR HOLLYWOOD RADIO AND TELEVISION … Read more

TrackingB Screenwriting Contest (and a great resource)!

Hey, screenwriters– Just wanted to make you aware of a great new service and website out there: TrackingB.com, a subsciption-based tracking board. Tracking Boards are one of the main resources of writers, … Read more

READER QUESTION: How do I get a PA job?

Hey, screenwriters— Thanks for all the mail lately—even those who have disagreed with me on some of the strike-related issues.  As always, I love hearing from you all… your questions, comments, thoughts, … Read more

What is a Blog?

Q: While I’ve read several sites referred to as “blogs,” I’m not really sure what a blog is. What is a blog? —Christopher B. A: From writers at award-winning newspapers, to magazine … Read more

Some Query Letter Tips: Part 1


Unless you’re meeting an agent in person at a writers’ conference, a query is your first method of contact with an agent – so it better be good. A query letter, simply put, is a one-page letter that you send to an agent (or editor) that details: 1) What are the details of the work? 2) What is the story? 3) Who are you? Read more

20 Tips for Good Blogging

Hi Writers, If you’ve been a regular reader here, you know that I spent much of 2007 perusing writer’s blogs for my Project 20/20: Build my Blogroll Project. I spotlighted 20 writer’s … Read more

Winner of UK's top prize and Missouri's first poet laureate

“Sean O’Brien wins unprecedented poetry double,” by Sarah Crown from Guardian Unlimited, reports on O’Brien’s winning of the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize, making him the first author ever to win the UK’s top two … Read more

The Graduate School Timeline; Or Things You Can Do for Half a Decade Post-College

This week marks a special and unique moment in my life plan. It is the last week before I start my last semester of the last time I will ever step into … Read more

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

Came across the finalists for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle finalists for poetry titles in the PublishesLunch Deluxe newsletter. As reported in the newsletter, they are: * Elegy, by Mary Jo … Read more

2008 Poet's Market — closed markets

As I’ve been combing through the updates for the 2009 Poet’s Market, I’ve gathered the following group of KILLS for listings that appear in the 2008 edition (OB means out of business or cancelled; … Read more

Murder Unscripted

Hey, guys– For our strike video of the weekend, check out this video starring Chris Noth, BD Wong, Eric Bogosian, Dean Winters, Kate Erbie, Peter Gerety, and Zeljko Ivanek– hilarious!  And exactly … Read more

ABC Fires Nearly 30 Writers (and I think this is a good thing)

Hey, screenwriters– Just wanted to weigh in on a piece of interesting news that broke yesterday afternoon.  As you may have read, ABC became the first studio yesterday to axe nearly thirty … Read more

Directors meeting with AMPTP tomorrow

After being so far apart on key issues that they refused to begin negotiations, the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are sitting down tomorrow … Read more

TIP OF THE DAY: Getting In (and Out) of Difficult Scenes

Hey, writers– I thought of you all last night.  In a good way… even though it came in a moment of sheer outrage and frustration. I was sitting in my office, beating … Read more

Robert J. Elisberg's Writers Strike Primer: FAQ

Okay, this is sheer theft, but I’m posting below the text of the “Writers Strike Primer: FAQ” that Robert Elisberg posted yesterday at The Huffington Post.  It’s great.  Normally, I’d just link … Read more

Borders not restricting poetry push to April…

“Borders Launches New Entertainment Program: ‘Open-Door Poetry’” is a press release detailing the partnership between Borders–the global retailer of books, music, movies and more–and The Student Publishing Program, one of the top … Read more

Is it time to ditch Word?

Hi Writers,I enjoyed this essay from Sunday’s New York Time’s magazine, about options beyond Microsoft Word for writers. It’s definitely worth reading this short, amusing essay: An Interface of One’s Ownby Virginia … Read more

Scabbed Over…

Hey, guys– check out Mark Evanier’s interesting New Republic article about scabs during WGA strikes…

Support the Writers Strike, Go To Prom

Hey, everyone– this is hilarious… As you know, NBC has had to cancel the Golden Globes this weekend because they refuse to make a reasonable deal with the Writers Guild… meaning the … Read more

New Agent at Triada U.S. Literary 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 fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage.

Triada U.S. Literary Agency, Inc., based in Pennsylvania, has a new literary agent accepting queries: Rebecca Post. Read more

Ultimate Cheapskate Hits the Big Show!

Hi Writers,I wanted to give a shout out to a friend of this blog and frequent WD forumista, Jeff Yeager, aka “The Ultimate Cheapskate.” Jeff will be appearing live on the “Today … Read more

READER QUESTION: How do I get my TV spec scripts to showrunners and producers?

I received an email yesterday from DARREN, an aspiring TV writer, who lives in Tampa.  Darren writes… “Hey, Chad— I know the strike is in full swing, but I’m working on a … Read more

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