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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
Christmas may not be over yet… at least not for all you aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers. In the wake of Nikki Finke’s grim pre-Christmas reportage, UnitedHollywood.com, the official blog of the Writers Guild strike, is … Read more
“Is WL Writers Agency an agency that is ethical and can get results? They are interested in my manuscript.” That’s the question of the day, submitted by a writer named David. The … Read more
When I’m not reading poetry, I love reading those Taschen art biographies. First, artists paint (hehe) interesting lives. Second, the paintings included in the biographies often work as excellent poetry prompts. I’m reading about Italian … Read more
Like many of you, Robert and I will be celebrating Christmas with our families and enjoying other revels over the coming week. Since we’re all probably going to be otherwise engaged in … Read more
Friends, In order to best mentally, physically and socially emotionally prepare for a second year of sometimes helpful, semi-effective, consistently above-average blog entries, we three bloggers of WD are taking a holiday … Read more
Hi Writers,Well, you didn’t think I’d forget about my Project 20/20: Build My Blogroll, just because it’s the holidays, did you? This is the 19th Friday in as many weeks in my … Read more
Okay, so it’s not really a “miracle” per se… unless by “miracle” you mean “funny YouTube video,” but as a “Farewell 2007″/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift, here’s a brand-new, hot-off-the-press WGA strike video. Enjoy it… … Read more
Wishing you Peace and Joy this Holiday Season -From the Writer’s Digest magazine family (Art Director, Kathleen DeZarn; Editor, Maria Schneider; Managing Editor, Kara Gebhart Uhl; Online Managing Editor, Brian A. Klems). … Read more
This installment features literary agent Debbie Carter of Muse Literary Management. Prior to starting her own agency in 1998, she worked for a literary agent, a talent manager, and in the record business as a talent scout. She has a BA in English and music from Washington Square University College at NYU.
She is seeking: literary novels and short story collections with popular appeal, mysteries, thrillers, suspense, espionage fiction/nonfiction, children’s fiction/nonfiction and literary narrative nonfiction. Other nonfiction areas of interest include music, writing, birds and gardening. Read more
Miss The Daily Show because the studios walked away from the negotiating table in the midst of the writers strike? Want the Daily Show writers– and writers of all your other TV … Read more
The Jan./Feb issue of Writer’s Digest has a good article by Susan Breen analyzing large agent pitch slams. And fortunately for us, the article is available online!
The article is definitely worth a look, as the chance to pitch agents is one of the biggest and best draws to writers’ conferences around the country. Some larger conferences have a gigantic gathering of agents where writers can pitch numerous agents in a short amount of time. (This is sometimes called agent “speed dating.”) Read more
Hi Writers,All good writing starts with a goal, either modest or lofty. I issued a challenge last week on this blog—to post your writing goals for 2008. 80 writers answered my goal … Read more
Q: I’ve written a novel and am now working on the technical aspects. What’s the proper way to number pages of a prologue? If the prologue is five pages long, would that … Read more
On Listening to Music While Writing Or Why The Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack Plays an Integral Role in My Getting Work In By Deadline
I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that I have weird writing habits. I spend most of my writing time pacing around my room talking aloud to myseWlf, I’m … 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.
Represents: Nonfiction books, novels, movie scripts. Read more
There’s a battle of opinions regarding copyright at The Guardian. In “You like my poems? So pay for them,” British poet Wendy Cope states her case regarding how copyright infringement damages the … Read more
With all the WGA strike-related activity, one thing this writing blog hasn’t devoted much time to is actual writing. But this is, of course, a Writers Digest blog, and if there’s one … Read more
Hi Writers,It’s been energizing reading all of your writing goals for 2008 as they’re rolling in. Keep them coming, I’m going to announce the 10 winners and post their goals here next … Read more
…by Robert. First off, this is the only time I’m going to accommodate one of these “tags” to do a list (all future requests will be ignored–excepting if my mom were ever … Read more
While I don’t want to promise that I’ll be doing a lot of poetry reviews and critiques and such, I think it makes sense for me to share good things when I … Read more
“Spam, spam, spam, spam, and poetry,” by Charles Fleming from The Los Angeles Times, discusses junk emails and asks whether there is poetry hiding within. Of course, any long time reader of … Read more
A few readers recently wrote in with some great questions. I want to answer them on the blog just in case others were wondering about similar topics. Q: When sending a query … Read more
“Three cheers for the epic poetry of jargon,” by Jonathan Guthrie from the Financial Times, applauds the clever use of jargon by businesses to discourage further correspondence with clients. While this kind … Read more
The AMPTP, finally starting to crack its tough exterior, issued two pouty, foot-stomping letters today, attempting to regain some ground in its already far-lost battle of public relations. To read the letters, … Read more
Marti Noxon, Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin,and the United Showrunner Committeecordially invite you to attend WRITE AID A Benefit Concert to Provide Assistance to Industry Employees Affected by the WGA Strike Performers currently scheduled: Eddie … Read more