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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

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

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Soooooo, time to begin the April Poem-A-Day challenge! I can tell from the site traffic and personal emails waiting for me this morning that everyone is chomping at the bit to get started. … Read more

Cool Term: 'Knockbuster'

Heard this term over the weekend on SlashFilm, a movie news site. A “knockbuster” is a cheap rip-off product that capitalizes on a highly anticipated product coming out soon.  These are easier … Read more


Hey, screenwriters– Today’s question comes from loyal reader Valerie, who writes… “Hi Chad!… I am interested in creating clip shows and would love to hear your valuable insight on these types of … Read more

New Agent Alert: Spencer Ellsworth at Lori Perkins

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APRIL 2009 UPDATE: Spencer is on a hiatus from agenting. (I think he’s back in school.) Check with the L. Perkins Associates agency from time to time to see if he has returned. Read more

Poem-a-day in April: Write, Read, Etc.

So I’ve been going out of my way to build excitement about my write a poem-a-day challenge in April. Should be big-time fun for all. But the Academy of American Poets has … Read more

The Quickest Thesis Insanity: Big Apple Weekend Edition

Friends, I am going to have to keep this short due to a ridiculous and fairly robust sprinkling of work on my plate today. The story I’ve been working on for Boston … Read more

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Charlie Stickney… Writing For Animation

Hey, screenwriters– One area of entertainment I’ve never worked in– but often get questions about– is animation.  And with all the booming animated projects out there– Family Guy, The Simpsons, Drawn Together, … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: W. Somerset Maugham

Hi Writers,Today, I’m sharing–from our world-renowned archives (see my previous posts)–an excerpt from a piece W. Somerset Maugham (Of Human Bondage author) wrote entitled “Write About What You Know” from the December … Read more

Why there's no one true form of poetry (and why there shouldn't be)

Stumbled upon “Japanese Poetry Persists in Korea, Despite Disapproval,” by Choe Sang-Hun from The New York Times, and found myself going back over that dangerous territory of what the purpose of poetry … Read more

Is poetry a collectible commodity?

There’s nothing especially unique about this news story about Eureka Books celebrating national poetry month. I mean, many poets (including me) have their plans for getting through April. But reading the article … Read more

What is a Platform?

This is a complicated subject, and a lot of people could write many pages and barely scratch the surface on this.  That said, here’s my short version of how to define “platform.” Platform, … Read more

The Greatest Tom Cruise Impersonation You Will Ever See…

HILARIOUS.  (It’s from the upcoming Superhero Movie…)

My Archival Wanderings: Gay Talese

Hi Writers, Here’s a very recent entry to the WD archives, excerpted from one of my favorite interviewees of all time—Gay Talese. This is from an interview I conducted with Talese and … Read more

Jericho Sneak Peak…

Hey, guys– Not sure if you’re Jericho fans or not, but as you probably know, CBS canceled the show again last Friday.  (For those of you who don’t know– Jericho was cancelled … Read more

THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME: "Under the Same Moon"

Hey, screenwriters— So, I figure this is a screenwriting blog, right?  Which means we should not only be discussing great screenwriting tips, advice, and opportunities, but we should be talking about—what else?!—great … Read more

The Two Question Novel Quiz Part 5: Secondary Characters

Friends, we’re taking a brief respite from the Thesis Insanity to  drop a quiz today. The insanity–though perpetually all-consuming for  me–will return for you on Thursday. Know this. Secondary characters are like … Read more

Conflict of Interest

Q: I volunteer for several organizations that have newsworthy projects. I’d like to write news articles (not press releases) about them for our town’s independent newspaper. Can I sell an article that … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Up-and-comer Jillian Weise!

My girlfriend and I are both poets. As a result, we share our writing with each other, as well as the writing of other poets we admire or discover. Recently, my girlfriend happened … Read more

Our New Website!

Hi Writers,It’s my great pleasure to announce the launch of our new and vastly improved writersdigest.com website. The new site is light-years ahead of our former website in terms of navigability, searchability … Read more

Agent Advice: Margery Walshaw of Evatopia


This installment features literary agent Margery Walshaw, founder of Evatopia in Southern California. Margery is literary agent and script manager, focusing on both feature film scripts as well as juvenile fiction writing. Read more

Have Your Sketch Performed Live… and On YouTube

Hey, screenwriters— This sounded like an interesting opportunity, so I thought I’d pass it along. A few weeks ago, Zhura (www.zhura.com) launched a new online screenwriting tool… a free website which not … Read more

What Does That Mean? Literary Definitions: Vol. 4

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

Poetry Everywhere and Dogs With Blogs?!?

The Poetry Foundation is once again doing some really great stuff. Check out “Poetry Everywhere,” from FoxBusiness.com, which is an interesting place to find a poetry story in the first place. For … Read more

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