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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 Archival Wanderings: WD Covers of the 70s

Hi Writers,I wanted to share more of my WD archival excavations with you. Today’s exhibit: Writer’s Digest covers from the ’70s, which are, shall we say, expressive. For propriety’s sake, I’m restraining … Read more

Board up the doors!

Cover the windows! Dim the lights! But not too much, because you need to get writing today and into the night (late, late, late at night). After all, today is an extra … Read more

New Agency Alert: Davis Wager Literary Agency

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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 and fiction. Seeking new and established writers. Read more

Pavilion Literary Management Seeks Specific Nonfiction

I got a note from Jeff Kellogg at Pavilion Literary Management recently, noting that he was actively seeking some areas of nonfiction. The categories are:HistoryPopular ScienceMedicinePop Culture Submit your work to him … Read more

Words of Wisdom: Let Your Writing Sell the Work

Q. What’s the biggest mistake a writer makes when contacting you (about a novel)? “Trying to be a salesman never works for me; the material has to speak for itself. A writer … Read more

On Re-Reading, Re-Writing And Arithmetic

Things seemed so easy. Just zip through the ending that I’d already  mapped out, nail a few scenes, drop some exclamation points, throw in  some gratuitous nudity and I’d be finished. Or … Read more

My Archival Wanderings: a Norman Mailer letter

Hi Writers,Thanks very much to all who are supporting me in my quest to get the WD archives digitized. It’s starting to gain some momentum here, so please spread the word to … Read more

Nathan Bransford Talks Word Count for Novels

Literary Agent Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown has a great post here on how writers commonly make their manuscripts too long.  See his entire post for his thoughts on all this. He … Read more

Words of Wisdom: Moving on to a New Agent

Q. I recently parted ways with my agent after a few years of representation. As I move forward, do I tell a prospective agent that I previously worked with another agent?  If … Read more

Concerning Names and Backstory in a Synopsis


Q. In a novel synopsis, how much should you go into detail about a character in terms of their backstory and past? I want to keep my synopsis short, as you suggest, so I don’t know how to approach this. Read more

Exclusive Interview With Poet Dorianne Laux

As I’ve mentioned on this blog previously, I have a Facebook account under my full name (Robert Lee Brewer). And as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m all about playing online Scrabble at that … Read more

Call for poets!

I’m always interested in discussing interview possibilities with poets who wish to be featured on my Poetic Asides blog, which gets a high amount of daily traffic that is always on the … Read more

Writing the Reality TV Show – Monday night!

Hey, TV writers and producers– If you’re in L.A. and interested in knowing how to develop and sell the next Dancing with the Stars  or Millionaire Matchmaker, I’m teaching a 3-hour reality … Read more

The WGA Ratifies Its New Deal

Hey, screenwriters– Half an hour ago, the Writers Guild of America announced that membership had voted to ratify the new AMPTP contract, putting an official end to the tumult and negotiations that … Read more

What is a Logline?

Q: I’ve recently decided to turn my book into a screenplay and I’ve read several articles that say you must have a “logline” if you want to sell your script. What’s a … Read more

Hurry, hurry! Get your caffeine!

As reported on CNN.com, the giant coffee chain Starbucks plans to close every location of their 7,100 stores to do a 3-hour training session for their 135,000 employees. The shutdown is scheduled … Read more

The WD Archives—and my new pet project

Hi Writers,Last week, we hosted an AP reporter who flew in from New York to spend two days combing through the Writer’s Digest archives. He’s writing a feature on the history of … Read more

TIP OF THE DAY: The Magic of the Prelap

Someone once told me that if you hear something three times, it means the universe is sending you a message.  Well, I haven’t heard this three times yet, but a question came … Read more

Help me Rondeau! Help, help me, Rondeau! Another French poetic form

It’s been a while since I’ve tackled a poetic form, but as you know, I love the French forms. The rondeau is no exception. It has a refrain and rhymes–two elements I … Read more

The SoCal Exile Journal Day 4: Technically Over

I’m not good at saying goodbye. Although to be fair I probably don’t know anyone who would say that their talents lie primarily in goodbyes, I just mean I dislike leaving things. … Read more

Oscar Picks, Anyone?

The Oscars start in two hours.  I have to make my picks public somewhere, so here I go… (FYI, I’m only picking the big 9, not everything) Best Picture: No Country for … Read more

New Agency Alert: Max & Co., A Literary Agency and Social Club

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.

Actively seeking: narrative nonfiction, memoir, literary fiction, humor, and visual books. Does not want to receive: genre fiction nor YA and children’s books. Read more

The SoCal Exile Journal Day 3: NorCal?

Did you know that San Francisco has hills? I mean, I’ve watched a significant portion of the fifth season of Full House so I thought I knew what I was getting myself … Read more

February–Are you finished yet?

In Southwestern Ohio, we’ve been receiving consistent doses of snow this month. The totals have not been overly impressive (usually 1-4 inches per storm), but the snow has hit a rhythm with … Read more

"Oscar Picks" Follow-Up– Thanks, Becky!

Special thanks to loyal reader Becky, who read yesterday’s Oscar picks and sent in this great video from the Upright Citizens Brigade… NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN AWARDS

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