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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 Craft & Business of Writing

I found a nice surprise at my desk this morning: a brand new book. In fact, it’s a book that I helped propose and compile. I even got to write the Foreword. … Read more

The Quick(ish) Descent to Thesis Insanity: Game On

Friends, I’m not exactly well. I’m reaching the critical thesis crunch time and I am NOT in good  shape. My advisor, having read a second draft of the ms, has informed  me … Read more

When Should You Send Holiday-Themed Queries?

Q: I’d like to publish some holiday stories in magazines. I know magazines typically work on issues months in advance, so if I wanted to submit a proposal for a Christmas-themed story, … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: Erica Jong

Hi Writers,Welcome to my wild rumpus through the Writer’s Digest archives, in which I’m posting an excerpt each day throughout March. Today’s exhibit: a circa June 1981 WD Interview with poet/bestselling novelist … Read more

Agent Advice: Michael Murphy of Max & Co.: A Literary Agency & Social Club


This installment features literary agent Michael Murphy, founder of Max & Co.: A Literary Agency & Social Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michael has worked in the book publishing industry for 30 years. His first 13 were with Random House-Ballantine, where he was a vice-president. Later, he ran William Morrow & Co. as their publisher until the company’s acquisition by and merger with HarperCollins. He formed Max & Co.: A Literary Agency & Social Club in the fall of 2007.

He is seeking: He is looking primarily for narrative nonfiction, memoir, and eclectic visual books. Additional information can be found on his agency’s Web site. Read more

Words of Wisdom: Getting Permission For Copyrighted Material

Q. Do I have to get the rights to use trademarked or copyrighted material in my manuscript, or will my agent do it for me? A. Copyright is such a complicated area … Read more

New journal, a director-poet gets fired, and someone wins $65,000

“Poet David Beach wins $65,000 NZ Prize in Modern Letters,” by NZPA from Channel 3 Web site, reports that Beach won the literary award for his collection of poems titled Abandoned Novel, his … Read more

READER QUESTION: How Do I Launch a New Sketch Character?

Hey, screenwriters– Sorry I’ve been awol for a few days.  The site has gone through a technical revamp, but now it’s back on it’s feet! Today’s question comes from Max, a Writers … Read more

Query Letter Tips: By Agent Michelle Andelman

At the CNU conference this weekend, I sat in on a presentation on writing query letters by literary agent Michelle Andelman, formerly of Andrea Brown Literary Agency, now at Lynn C. Franklin Associates. She had some great advice and I’ve included a lot of her tips. Read more

My Adventures in Virginia…

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Spent the weekend in Newport News, Va., on the coast, at the CNU Writers Conference. The moment I landed, it was a joy to feel 65 degree weather for a change. (Ohio is still in the 40s right now.)

The conference went very well. It was held on the campus of Christopher Newport University, a college where every building is made with bright red bricks, giving it a modern colonial feel. To Virginians, this is nothing notable, but I enjoyed it. Read more

My Archival Wanderings: Eudora Welty

Hi Writers,Welcome to my month-long journey through the WD archives, in which I’m posting (almost) daily offerings from the history of our magazine. There’s no rhyme or reason to my choices. As … Read more

No fooling: Write a poem a day in April!

My weekend is about to begin, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make any more posts until Monday. My oldest son will be singing with his kindergarten class tomorrow, … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: Mary Hemingway

Hi Writers,Managing Editor Kara Gebhart Uhl here—Maria and Brian are wrapped up in HTML coding right now, gussying up our new website for its upcoming launch. So I took a break from … Read more

3 Seas Literary Wants E-Query Submissions Only

The 3 Seas Literary Agency is asking that all submissions now be sent by e-mail.  The agency handles fiction, nonfiction and juvenile works. The agency’s submission page has been updated recently.  Check … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: Jack Kerouac

Hi Writers,Today’s exhibit from the WD archives, typing which put me in the mood to write very stream-of-conscious and use lots of run on sentences, is by everyone’s favorite beatnik, Jack Kerouac, … Read more

Agent Interview: Andrea Hurst of Andrea Hurst Literary


This installment features Andrea Hurst, principal at Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management. Andrea works with both major and regional publishing houses, and her client list includes emerging new voices and New York Times bestselling authors. In addition to working in the publishing field for over 20 years, Andrea is a published author, skilled acquisition and development editor, speaker, and literary judge for writers’ conferences.

She is seeking: She is now accepting queries for Nonfiction: Prescriptive and Narrative Nonfiction, Parenting, relationships, women’s issues, Personal growth, health & wellness, diet, Business, true crime, animals, Pop culture, humor, cookbooks, gift books, Spirituality, metaphysical, science, psychology, and self-help, Home & Garden; Fiction: Adult commercial fiction, Women’s fiction. Read more

What Does That Mean? Literary Definitions: Vol. 3

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

My Archival Wanderings: Ray Bradbury

Hi Writers,Welcome to the archives of March, in which I’m posting an excerpt a day (more or less) throughout March. Today’s exhibit: A brief but exquisite excerpt from a February 1976 WD … Read more

When to Use a Prologue

Q: When should a prologue be used? Is there a difference between prologues for fiction and nonfiction?—Sonya Ryan A: A prologue is used when material that you want to include in the … Read more

A Television Show That Will Make You a Better Writer (and Make Me Irrationally Emotional)

There will be better and more coherent posts regarding the series  finale of the Wire, but I just wanted to offer my final  recommendation/plea as a writer. “The Wire”–for those who haven’t … Read more

Difficulty in poetry & an argument against a Michigan poet laureate

“Poetry, Difficulty, and a Very Annoying Word,” by Mark Doty from The Best American Poetry blog, is an interesting response to Charles Harper Webb’s recent essay in The Writers Chronicle. Plus, you get to experience … Read more

READER QUESTION: How Do I Track Down Celebrities for Articles or Projects I'm Working On?

Hey, everyone– Today’s question comes from Cherie, who actually emailed Writers Digest editor Brian Klems over at his Questions & Quandries blog.  Cherie asks… “In doing research for articles I’m working on, … Read more

Upcoming Contests & Festivals

Hey, screenwriters– Moviemaker Magazine, one of the best resources out there for independent filmmakers, recently compiled lists of upcoming contests and festivals.  Here are highlights from their lists… some are searching for … Read more

Mobile Poetry?!? Why not. And the 2007 NBCC poetry winner is announced!

Received a press release today that the Academy of American Poets is launching the first mobile site for poetry. Their entire online archive of 2,500+ poems will be available in the palm … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Valerie Nieman

Poet Valerie Nieman is a self-professed tomboy, who “fished for everything from native brook trout in the small streams of western New York, where I grew up, to cod and haddock by … Read more

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