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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

Concerning the 'Rules' of Writing…

Found a cool site today: suspense writer Brandilyn Collins’ blog.  The links on the left show you that she has a lot of advice for writers on subjects dealing with the craft … Read more

By the way, Minnesota picked their first poet laureate last week

And they picked Robert Bly. I remember watching Bly read back in the 20th century when I was attending the University of Cincinnati. He was a funny and engaging reader. Minnesota made … Read more

Tanka: Bigger and More Relaxed Than a Haiku

If a haiku is usually (mistakenly) thought of as a 3-line, 5-7-5 syllable poem, then the tanka would be a 5-line, 5-7-5-7-7 syllable poem. However, as with haiku, it’s better to think … Read more

More Agency Contact Info Updates

Here are a few random updates on this random Wednesday: Karen Gantz Zahler Literary Management and Attorney at Law      - Her mailing address has a new zip code: 10065. Grand Street Literary Agency      - … Read more

Greystone Literary Closes (But Reopens Later)

Greystone Literary Agency, a relatively new agency based in DC and founded by Michael Mancilla, has officially closed as of early this year. The Web site was down this morning and a … Read more

Great Screenwriter Series!

Hey, screenwriters— If you’re in L.A., the Writers Guild Foundation is putting on a terrific series of conversations with A-list screenwriters. “Anatomy of a Script” is a six-week series of Tuesday night … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: 1958 Rod Serling Q&A

Hi Writers,Today’s exhibit in my month-long dive into the Writer’s Digest archives is a Q&A with screenwriter Rod Serling. This ran a year before The Twilight Zone debuted on network TV. I … Read more

What Does That Mean? Literary Definitions: Vol. 1

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

On Virtual Breaks, Internal Monologues, and Reggie Bush

There is an article today in the NYT (fyi: I read the Times!) called “I Need a Virtual Break. No, really” in which the author discusses how he forcefully worked some peace … Read more

GUEST PERSPECTIVES: Stephanie Palmer, Founder (and pitching guru), Good in a Room

Hey, screenwriters– One of the toughest parts of being a screenwriter is… well… much of it doesn’t involve actual writing.  Unlike being a poet or a novelist, much of writing for film … Read more

Where Do Writers Find Experts?

Q: I’ve read many articles in your magazine and others that advise freelance magazine writers to use quotes from experts on their given subject, but none of the articles tell writers how … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: Erle Stanley Gardner advice

Hi Writers,I’m dedicating the month of March to my excavations of the Writer’s Digest archives. Today’s exhibit: this excerpt from a 1931 piece by Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason … Read more

Do you deviate from the norm?

Hi Writers,I have a confession: I don’t really think about the official demographic data when putting together the editorial content for Writer’s Digest. I prefer to think our magazine appeals to writers … Read more

Creative Screenwriting's AAA Screenwriting Contest

Hey, screenwriters– Just wanted to let you all know that Creative Screenwriting‘s AAA Screenwriting Contest is open for business!  Creative Screenwriting is easily one of the most top-notch, respected screenwriting magazines out … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: WD Covers of the 70s

Hi Writers,I wanted to share more of my WD archival excavations with you. Today’s exhibit: Writer’s Digest covers from the ’70s, which are, shall we say, expressive. For propriety’s sake, I’m restraining … Read more

Board up the doors!

Cover the windows! Dim the lights! But not too much, because you need to get writing today and into the night (late, late, late at night). After all, today is an extra … Read more

New Agency Alert: Davis Wager Literary Agency

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Reminder: Newer agencies 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.

Represents: Nonfiction and fiction. Seeking new and established writers. Read more

Pavilion Literary Management Seeks Specific Nonfiction

I got a note from Jeff Kellogg at Pavilion Literary Management recently, noting that he was actively seeking some areas of nonfiction. The categories are:HistoryPopular ScienceMedicinePop Culture Submit your work to him … Read more

Words of Wisdom: Let Your Writing Sell the Work

Q. What’s the biggest mistake a writer makes when contacting you (about a novel)? “Trying to be a salesman never works for me; the material has to speak for itself. A writer … Read more

On Re-Reading, Re-Writing And Arithmetic

Things seemed so easy. Just zip through the ending that I’d already  mapped out, nail a few scenes, drop some exclamation points, throw in  some gratuitous nudity and I’d be finished. Or … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: a Norman Mailer letter

Hi Writers,Thanks very much to all who are supporting me in my quest to get the WD archives digitized. It’s starting to gain some momentum here, so please spread the word to … Read more

Nathan Bransford Talks Word Count for Novels

Literary Agent Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown has a great post here on how writers commonly make their manuscripts too long.  See his entire post for his thoughts on all this. He … Read more

Words of Wisdom: Moving on to a New Agent

Q. I recently parted ways with my agent after a few years of representation. As I move forward, do I tell a prospective agent that I previously worked with another agent?  If … Read more

Concerning Names and Backstory in a Synopsis


Q. In a novel synopsis, how much should you go into detail about a character in terms of their backstory and past? I want to keep my synopsis short, as you suggest, so I don’t know how to approach this. Read more

Exclusive Interview With Poet Dorianne Laux

As I’ve mentioned on this blog previously, I have a Facebook account under my full name (Robert Lee Brewer). And as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m all about playing online Scrabble at that … Read more

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