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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


April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Half. Way. There. That’s where we’re at after you finish today’s prompt. Somehow we’ve made it–huffing and puffing–to the top of the hill and starting tomorrow we’ll be running downhill to the finish line. Soooo…let’s get to today’s prompt, which is a “Two for Tuesday” prompt actually. Prompt #1: Write an insult poem. There...

Day 6 Highlights

On Day 6, I asked you to record the details of your day and write a poem about it. The resulting poems were great. While they may seem “routine” or “ordinary” to you, the rest of us “on the outside looking in” get to read a poem that is either out of the ordinary...

WHAT NOT TO WRITE: Vantage Point

Hey, screenwriters— I just want to say this up front: my wife made me go. Okay, that’s a lie. She definitely wanted to go more than I did, but the truth is: I kinda wanted to see it.  At least, I had wanted to see it… before it got nothing but horrible reviews.  In...

Before You POD

Hi Writers,With all of the chatter surrounding Amazon’s recent announcement that they’ll now only sell POD (print-on-demand) books printed by their subsidiary BookSurge, I wanted to offer some important questions to ask yourself before you enter into any POD arrangement. Writer’s Digest has occasionally been criticized for accepting POD advertising. I’ve already stated my...

April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Even before some of the comments left yesterday, I’ve noticed there is a community forming with this April PAD Challenge. Many of you have thanked me, but you should really be thanking yourselves. A community is only as strong as those who are a part of it. Many of you have posted every single...

Day 5 Highlights

Day 5’s prompt was sent via a cranky PC in an arcade in a little mall in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It cost me $3 for 30 minutes of access. So, I pounded out my prompt and poem in record time–and a bit later in the day than I would’ve preferred. However, everyone came together and posted...

April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Heart. There has been a lot of heart on display in your poems this month. I just wanted to get that out there and say, “Thank you.” It’s been a real pleasure this month to wonder how you’ll put life to each of my prompts, and y’all never let me down. And I think we’re...

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Agent Advice: Verna Dreisbach of Dreisbach Literary Management

This installment features associate agent Verna Dreisbach of Dreisbach Literary, a boutique agency in California. Award-winning author Verna Dreisbach’s writing has appeared in literary journals, magazines, books and newspapers, and she has served as a ghostwriter for a New York Times bestseller. She develops ideas for The Idiot’s Guides and The Everything Guides and...

April PAD Challenge: Day 12

My sons are keeping me busy this morning, so let’s get straight into the prompt.  We’re going to write an apology poem.  You can apologize for ending a relationship, breaking a chair, or maybe you can even apologize for not being apologetic.  Here’s my poem for the day: “. . . I’m sorry”  “Because...

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Deleted "The Office" Clip!

Special thanks to Jen G. for pointing out this deleted scene from last night’s The Office episode, “The Dinner Party” (which, if you missed it, had some terrific moments)… By the way– I always have an inner debate about which is funnier, The Office or 30 Rock.  30 Rock has been winning this season,...

Open Letter from Amazon

Hi Writers,Since there seems to be some problem accessing the link posted below, here’s the letter Amazon posted re: their stance on carrying POD books: [posted March 31, 2008]Open letter to interested parties: We wanted to make sure those who are interested have an opportunity to understand what we’re changing with print on demand...

April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Today’s high temperature is supposed to be in the mid-70s, which is soooo great. The next 3 days are projected in the mid-40s: Say what?!? Gotta love Ohio in spring. ***** The prompt for today is to describe something–only one thing–that is either very interesting to you or something you think is often overlooked...

Day 4 Highlights

Day 4’s prompt was to write a thankful and/or tribute poem. While I’ve been digging reading all these poems each night, this prompt was surprisingly heartwarming. There’s a lot of love and thankfulness spilling out of y’all. For real. Thankful poems were written for mothers, fathers, teachers, wives, husbands, pets, home, and so much...

READER QUESTION: How Do I Pitch or Distribute My Web Series?

Hey, screenwriters— Today’s question comes from John… who actually sends in several questions, so I’m gonna spread them out and answer them one at a time. So, first up, asks John, “what are the outlets for showing a web pilot or pitching a web series?  We have a solid, comprehensive plan for the show...

Amazon's Response

Hi Writers,I’m trying to get you more information about the Amazon/POD situation (see my previous post). Today, I put in a request for an interview with an Amazon exec. and received this note back from their PR department: Hi Maria, We received your request to interview an Amazon executive.  Please refer to our open...

April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Shoooooooo, doggies! We’ve made it to double digits! One-third of the way to pay dirt! Thirty-three point three percent! In other words, we’re well on our way to the barren wasteland of the middle of this month and the real (really real even) gut-check time for any PAD challenge challenger. I’ve been having a lot of...

Day 3 Highlights

Day 3 was all about that funny little form the haiku. Some people complained; others moaned; but everyone took a shot (or even several shots) at writing this Japanese classic. Here are some of the pieces that made me stop and ponder. ***** Crescent moon at dawn frosted blossoms bowing low to the rising...

April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Today’s prompt is to choose a word (any word) and then write a poem either about that word or using that word in different ways. Be sure to point out which word you’re writing about. Here’s my go at it using the word “twister.” “Twister” I never played the game Twister as a boy,though...

Day 2 Highlights

As you may remember, the Day 2 prompt asked poets to put themselves in someone (or something) else’s skin. What great responses this prompt produced! Before I share the poems that most caught my attention, I want to share some patterns I noticed. For instance, poets became dogs in about every 3rd or 4th...

What Does That Mean? Literary Definitions: Vol. 5

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 publishing world. Here’s Volume One: Film option – (n.) Not to be confused with “option clause” below.  An option is when a...

i.e. vs. e.g.

Q: What’s the difference between “i.e.” and “e.g.”? I thought they were interchangeable, but I was told that this isn’t the case. Can you please explain?—Claire Collord A: I used to have the most difficult time remembering this rule. After all, both of these terms are derived from Latin and I didn’t take Latin...

Why Can't I Find a Agent In Town?

Q. No matter what I do, I cannot find an agent in Missouri for fiction.  What am I doing wrong?       – Margie A. You’re doing nothing wrong.  There are just no agents in Missouri.  Seriously, I’ve only met one literary agent who came from the state and that agent was one of the...

Robert Hass and Philip Schultz claim the 2008 Pulitzer in Poetry

Hass’ collection Time and Materials earned him the 2007 National Book Award and now he’s the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer in Poetry. I remember reading this collection around 10 months ago–because it was the only collection of poems “buzzed” at the BookExpo America’s book buzz session along with some very strong fiction and...

April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Eight rhymes with great, which is what you are if you’ve been keeping up with the PAD challenge so far. Today is a Tuesday–sooooooo, that means you will get to choose from two prompts this morning. Actually, you’ll get to choose from two paintings, because today’s prompt asks you to write a poem that...