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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
Words are complicated. Back in the old days, I used to know if I’d accomplished something by my word count. I’d say: I’m going to write 2000 words today and then I’m … Read more
“Windham Poetry Group Overcomes Adversity,” by Heather Murdock from The Daily Campus, reports on a high school poetry group that’s been performing locally and competing in poetry slams since early 2004. As … Read more
This installment features The Bent Agency’s (formerly with Trident Media Group) Jenny Bent, who has represented more than a dozen books on the New York Times bestseller lists since becoming an agent in 1996. At Writer’s Digest Books, we were pleased to have her as a contributor to the 2003 Guide to Literary Agents. Read more
Hi Writers,In celebration of our April 2008 issue dedicated to Pop Fiction hitting newsstands this week, here’s a quote from our cover subject Laurell. K. Hamilton: I’ve been writing stories since I … Read more
The 2nd Annual Self-Imposed SoCal Exile Daily Journal (Co-Starring My Father): Now Featuring Re-Writes!
Once again, I have abandoned the excessively cold, stagnant world of my hometown and traveled across the country to my father’s house on the Left Coast in a self-imposed exile designed to … Read more
Thanks to Kate at FishbowlLA for finding this video, but OH MY GOD– IT’S INCREDIBLE. A quick bit of backstory… yesterday, UnitedHollywood.com posted a recently-written– and fairly pissed off– response to the … Read more
Q: If a writer has jumped through all the hoops (finished the assignment, submitted a proper invoice, etc.) and is not being paid, what steps should he take before resorting to having … Read more
Writer’s Digest magazine is pleased to announce the addition of four famous writers to its Writer’s Workbook line-up: Steve Almond, Susan Shapiro, Dorianne Laux and M.J. Rose. Writer’s Workbook is a popular … Read more
On Friday, I learned that two of my poems were accepted for publication in MiPOesias CAFE’ CAFE’ EDITION at http://www.mipoesias.com. It was the first acceptance I’ve had in exactly one year (down … Read more
Hey, TV writers– With staffing season ramping up in a matter of weeks (upfronts have already been announced for May 12-15, which means staffing will begin immediately afterwards), now is the time … Read more
For those hardcore readers of this blog (bless your hearts), you may remember a post months ago saying how I submitted a book proposal to an agent. Well that submission paid off. … Read more
Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, has posted two incredibly awesome posts in the past week regarding a new literary agency: Greenhouse Literary, a new agency with a focus on children’s/juvenile writing. Read more
Recently, I’ve addressed a few questions about agents and submissions that have no definitive answer. (For example: Can you resubmit to an agent if you’ve retooled the work?) Alas, today’s topic is … Read more
Elegant Erotica: Not romance. Not Penthouse. But a gentle blendbetween the two. We haven’t had a new genre on the blog since “Cyberbilly” back in July, so I was excited to make this … Read more
Hey, guys– happy President’s Day… I’m not quite sure how we’re supposed to celebrate, but hey– day off, can’t complain. Especially because I’m sitting at home, nursing a mild hangover from being … Read more
Q. What’s the difference between memoir and narrative nonfiction? Aren’t they the same thing? A. Memoir is when someone writes about their own life. Narrative nonfiction is when someone writes about the … Read more
This past weekend, I presented at the San Francisco Writers Conference. It was, as you probably guessed, great – and a lot of power players were there, from big-name authors (Clive Cussler, Tess Gerritsen) to numerous agents and more. I did two sessions, and sat in on a few more. There was literary agent “speed dating” and “table sessions” with acquiring editors. It seemed to be moving at a mile a minute, which is a good thing. Read more
Hey, screenwriters– Some of you know the Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest, but for those of you who don’t– it’s one of the industry’s widely respected screenwriting competitions… and its deadline is March 5 … Read more
Hi Writers,Prodigious print buyers are winning by a landslide in my poll below “Do you buy less print (magazines, newspapers and books) than you did five years ago?” To continue along that … Read more
So today is Valentine’s Day. Some people love it; some people hate it; and some people think it was invented (or at least promoted) by greeting card and chocolate companies. Here’s a fairly … Read more
So… I got an interesting question yesterday in regards to my post about about this season’s spec-able shows. Loyal reader Fig writes in: “Why is it that I’ve never heard of anyone … Read more
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.
Verna Dreisbach comes to Dreisbach Literary from a career in writing. She is currently accepting submissions in fiction and nonfiction. Read more
Editor’s Note: As of Fall 2011, Colleen Lindsay is no longer agenting. Do not query her.
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. Read more
The full reports… The Hollywood ReporterVarietyThe New York Times
Well, screenwriters– here we are… the final day of the WGA writers strike. As I write this, writers in New York and L.A. are casting their votes to end the last three … Read more