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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


My Adventures in San Francisco…

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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

Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Contest 2008

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

Still linear in a networked world

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

Will you be my valentine?

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

READER QUESTION: Is "Boston Legal" Spec-able?

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

New Agent Alert: Verna Dreisbach at Dreisbach Literary

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

New Agent Alert: Colleen Lindsay at FinePrint Literary Management

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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

IT'S OFFICIAL: THE STRIKE IS OVER

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This Year's Spec-able TV Shows

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

Is Wikipedia an Accurate Source? (And Can Editors Alter Sourced Material?)

Q: I’m a magazine feature writer and one of my editors changed a statistic in my story that I had attributed to Wikipedia. She maintains Wikipedia is an inaccurate source.  However, if … Read more

The Two Question Novel Quiz Part 4: The Sequel

If you’re writing a novel, and you’ve gotten past the third chapter  without thinking about a sequel, you, friend, are behind. College  level math shows that writers who have ideas beyond the … Read more

Does Generosity Pay Off?

Hi Writers, To follow up on my previous post on changing reading habits, the poll right now:Do you buy less print (books, magazines, newspapers) than five years ago? 37 people so far … Read more

Are You Planning Ahead for a Big Hit in Poetry?

I received a couple questions over the weekend as part of my Writer’s Market thing I do. And I thought they both would work well as things to ponder here. In fact, … Read more

Come Celebrate… Hollywood-style!

Hey, screenwriters– If you’re in the L.A.-area tomorrow, I’d love to invite you to a special party I’m hosting at Twist, the new bar/restaurant at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. You may have … Read more

Some Poetry News

Even though Nancy Breen has left the blog officially, she still shares various news she finds. And she’s literally on the other side of cubicle wall–so she’s still very close to Poetic … Read more

Strike To End By Wednesday?

Hey, everyone– the latest update: the WGA West Board of Directors and the WGA East Council will meet tomorrow and officially recommend the new WGA/AMPTP deal.  This recommendation will start an speeded-up … Read more

Interesting Perspectives on the WGA/AMPTP Deal

Hey, screenwriters– As analyses and perspectives on the pending deal go up, I’ll try and post links to the most interesting.  Check these out… •  UnitedHollywood.com – Ad Supported Streaming: Point/Counterpoint•  Huffington … Read more

BREAKING NEWS: WGA Deal Inked!

Hey, screenwriters– After an all-night negotiating session, haggling over deals, the WGA and AMPTP have set in ink their new deal.  The deal is very similar to the deal finalized by the … Read more

Have your reading habits changed?

Hi Writers,Thanks to everyone who chimed in on my previous post about the gray areas of publishing your creative writing online. One thing that seems to come up over and over again … Read more

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Brad Wollack, talk show writer/producer

Hey, screenwriters— One of the most controversial topics of the last few months has been the issue of writers writing for talk shows.  After all, it’s no newsflash that most of the … Read more

New Agent at Pippin Properties

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.

She’s not exactly brand new, but I just learned that Pippin Properties has a new(er) agent: Samantha Cosentino, who joined the agency this past year. Samantha is one of three agents at the boutique agency.
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Reminder for Nappaland Literary…

Nappaland Literary Agency, an agency based in Colorado that primarily handles Christian and inspirational work, wanted me to remind writers and blog readers of the agency’s specific submission procedures. Because Nappaland is … Read more

READER POLL: Should the WGA take the AMPTP deal currently on the table?

So it’s true… after exactly three months of striking, the WGA may finally have an acceptable offer from the AMPTP.  Although we don’t know the exact terms, the proposed contract supposedly improves … Read more

Will Newspapers Review Self-Published Books?

Q: The book critic at my local newspaper mentioned in an article that she doesn’t review self-published books. Is this common procedure? Are there any major dailies that do?—Joyann Dwire A: Some … Read more

Publishing Fiction on a Blog

Hi Writers,One of the questions that came up when I originally posted my 20 tips for good blogging was the issue of whether or not it makes sense to post your fiction … Read more

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