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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

The 2nd Annual Self-Imposed SoCal Exile Daily Journal (Co-Starring My Father): Now Featuring Re-Writes!

Once again, I have abandoned the excessively cold, stagnant world of  my hometown and traveled across the country to my father’s house on  the Left Coast in a self-imposed exile designed to … Read more

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Harlan Ellison on Getting Paid as a Writer (oh my God– I love this!)

Thanks to Kate at FishbowlLA for finding this video, but OH MY GOD– IT’S INCREDIBLE.  A quick bit of backstory… yesterday, UnitedHollywood.com posted a recently-written– and fairly pissed off– response to the … Read more

Dealing with Late (or Missing) Payments

Q: If a writer has jumped through all the hoops (finished the assignment, submitted a proper invoice, etc.) and is not being paid, what steps should he take before resorting to having … Read more

WD announces celebrity author columnist lineup

Writer’s Digest magazine is pleased to announce the addition of four famous writers to its Writer’s Workbook line-up: Steve Almond, Susan Shapiro, Dorianne Laux and M.J. Rose. Writer’s Workbook is a popular … Read more

Good news Tuesday

On Friday, I learned that two of my poems were accepted for publication in MiPOesias CAFE’ CAFE’ EDITION at http://www.mipoesias.com. It was the first acceptance I’ve had in exactly one year (down … Read more

Get Ready for Staffing Season (with a great discount)

Hey, TV writers– With staffing season ramping up in a matter of weeks (upfronts have already been announced for May 12-15, which means staffing will begin immediately afterwards), now is the time … Read more

I Signed With an Agent!

For those hardcore readers of this blog (bless your hearts), you may remember a post months ago saying how I submitted a book proposal to an agent.  Well that submission paid off.  … Read more

Agent Interview on CWIM Blog

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Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, has posted two incredibly awesome posts in the past week regarding a new literary agency: Greenhouse Literary, a new agency with a focus on children’s/juvenile writing. Read more

Querying Multiple Agents at One Agency

Recently, I’ve addressed a few questions about agents and submissions that have no definitive answer. (For example: Can you resubmit to an agent if you’ve retooled the work?)  Alas, today’s topic is … Read more

The Newest Genre: Elegant Erotica

Elegant Erotica: Not romance. Not Penthouse. But a gentle blendbetween the two. We haven’t had a new genre on the blog since “Cyberbilly” back in July, so I was excited to make this … Read more

READER QUESTION: Are there any good TV-writing contests?

Hey, guys– happy President’s Day… I’m not quite sure how we’re supposed to celebrate, but hey– day off, can’t complain.  Especially because I’m sitting at home, nursing a mild hangover from being … Read more

Talking Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

Q. What’s the difference between memoir and narrative nonfiction? Aren’t they the same thing? A. Memoir is when someone writes about their own life.  Narrative nonfiction is when someone writes about the … Read more

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


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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

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