July/August 2014 Issue
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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
Posted on the New York Times less than ten minutes ago… WILL A WGA DEAL WITH STUDIOS BE ANNOUNCED TODAY?!
Hey, screenwriters— Every once in a while, I like to take a few moments to pay tribute to someone who’s done something so lame, so asinine, so irrefutably SUCKY that they deserve … Read more
I’ve just had one of those weeks where I feel like I’m slighting the word “busy” by saying that I was busy. Actually, it was a bit beyond that. In fact, at … Read more
Hey, guys– After Wednesday’s guest perspective from TV exec/producer Jen Grisanti, in which she talks about her new company, Jen Grisanti Consultancy, loyal reader Josh and a couple other people asked if … Read more
Hi Writers,Anyone who blogs and is interested in learning how to write about a very serious topic should check out Patry Francis’ blog Simply Wait. I wrote about Patry in my previous … Read more
Hey, guys– Special thanks to screenwritier Nick, reader who sent in these links to new more sites for free downloadable film & TV scripts! Check ‘em out… Simply Scripts – www.simplyscripts.comDaily Script … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– I’m pleased to introduce a special guest today… TV executive and producer Jennifer Grisanti. As a Current Exec at Spelling Television for over ten years, Jen has worked with some … Read more
This installment features literary agent Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Management. She was formerly with Imprint Literary; before that, she had her own agency: JetReid. Janet runs two successful and popular blogs: one that talks about publishing and agenting, and the Query Shark Blog, which critiques queries that come in. She became a literary agent after working for 15 years in book publicity and hosting an author interview program for an Oregon Public Broadcasting affiliate.
She is seeking: At present, she is reading all types of manuscripts, but she especially appreciates crime fiction and authors with a wry sense of humor. Read more
Q: I just purchased the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents. I am an author of three books, all of them published by POD publishers. Looking at the agents’ requirements, some only except … Read more
At the conference last weekend, an attendee raised a complaint to agents and editors when we were all sitting together on a panel. Rejections letters he received over time were usually impersonal … Read more
Hey, guys– If you’re in LA, this is an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best TV and film writers working today… The WGA has declared every Thursday … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people wondering where they can find TV scripts and screenplays to read and study, so I wanted to point you to two … Read more
Q: I’m in the middle of the submission process to agents. Obviously I’m hoping at least one will want to represent me, but I’m also deathly afraid of making the wrong commitment … Read more
Hi Writers,I love it when the literary community comes together to help one of their own. In April 07 we featured a write up on a debut author named Patry Francis, a … Read more
A little while ago, my (two) friends and I put on our mature pants, and had a dinner party to welcome another friend into a new apartment complete with wine and a … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– Today’s question comes from loyal reader Justin, a screenwriter who writes: “Hi, Chad– I wonder how you would indicate that a character was holding back from using foul language – … Read more
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.
Cool new alert to see. Will Entertainment is looking for children’s book writers whose writing is good enough to brave both the literary and film worlds. Awesome opportunity, but your work better be up to snuff to challenge both worlds! Read more
“Pondering what qualifies as poetry,” by James J. Kilpatrick from The Buffalo News, is yet another attempt by someone to nail down what poetry is or isn’t. ***** “Doctor heals with pain … Read more
Just got back from Cocoa Beach, Fla., and the Space Coast Writers’ Conference. It was my first conference of the year and the first in about three months, so it was nice to get back out and meet writers. The conference went well, with good attendance and a great cast of speakers, agents and editors. Read more
Hey, guys– After posting my interview with podiobook producer and executive Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff a few days ago, Mark interviewed me on the phone for his writing website, Word Sushi. We talked … Read more
This weekend, at the Space Coast Writers’ Conference, I sat down on a large panel of agents and editors. During the panel, we pretty much talked about everything. One particular subject of interest that came up was online writing contests, and whether or not winning such contests was a good way to hook an agent. Read more
Hey, screenwriters– Today’s Reader Question comes from Anna, a budding novelist, who writes: “I’m trying to break into the field of being a writer (of books). I have written a couple stories … Read more
Hey, screenwriters– This is a Script Notes exclusive! If you’re an entertainment news junkie like me, you know that staying informed on industry happenings and business developments is essential to succeeding in … Read more
I don’t know how many readers here are old enough to remember the old Snagglepuss cartoons (or maybe they’ve shown them on Cartoon Network or something). Anyhow, whenever Snagglepuss was poised to … Read more
Hi Writers,Since there seems to be a great deal of angst surrounding my advice to try to keep your blog posts short, I’m going to do one final post on the subject … Read more