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The Writer’s Dig
by Brian A. Klems

Online Editor Brian A. Klems covers everything about writing on his blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, he’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from himself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out his advice—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


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


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


Morning Call Time is MOVING!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to give you a quick update… for those of you who have been listening to Morning Call Time, my morning news podcast that aggregates the news from each morning’s trades, last week was MCT’s final week with mediabistro.com and FishbowlLA… which means there won’t be any new podcasts for a...

Sample Cover Letters for Poetry Submissions

After more than 12 years of writing, I finally felt confident enough to start submitting my poetry around for publication in January of 2006. Since then, I’ve had around 20 poems published in print and online journals–quickly growing more as both a writer and a submitter of poems. Writing the poems is the natural...

Getting Them Started Young

Both of my sons are participating in a summer reading program with the Preble County library system in Ohio. Among the various activities they’ve been asked to complete was writing a poem. While I was planning to work with them on that this weekend, imagine my surprise (and joy!) when they both already put together...

What No One Tells You

Hi Writers, I’ve been reading a chapter about what happens after you get a book published from an inspirational book Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. Heather is a very nice author (I’ve met her on several occasions) and has some great, down to earth advice about what to expect. Heather of course advises planning...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 007

Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of sci-fi and horror films with my boys, who both totally love the Universal horror flicks as much as the Steven Spielberg films (E.T., War of the Worlds, Jaws, etc.). Anyway, in many of them, I’ve noticed the movie is based around the concept of an invader coming...

Our New York trip to meet Literary Agents

Hi Writers,I’m near the end of my trip to New York City. As mentioned in my previous post, I’m accompanying our 2006 and 2007 Writer’s Digest annual competitions winners Mary Feuer and Alegra Clarke to meet literary agents. I’ve met so many great agents on this trip and learned so much. But I’ve decided...

All Apologies

I just want to apologize for a brief absence on the blog here–almost a whole week gone, eh? But as I was instructed as a young lad, if I ain’t got nothing good to talk about, then shut my trap. Or something like that. Anyway, the past week has been busy for me. After...

The Importance of Writing Constantly

Being very prolific can help you promote yourself. Write as much as you can and try to get published everywhere you can… and in saying this I mean not just writing in your main area of interest. Try sending out articles, essays, short stories and editorials to newspapers, magazines and journals that publish any subject...

Are Agents Stealing My Stamps?

Q: Do agents steam off the stamps on self-addressed, stamped envelopes (SASEs) and resell them? The agents demand pages, SASEs, that sort of thing, but—and I know this sounds cynical—many of my queries disappear. In this age, why should we need to use what they call “snail mail” for queries and why do agents...

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New Agent Alert: Guichard Cadet of Serendipity 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. Guichard Cadet is looking to...

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New Agent Alert: Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky 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. He is seeking: Literary fiction,...

2009 Article Excerpt: Nonfiction Book Proposals

I have officially wrapped up all editing on the 2009 Guide to Literary Agents. It’s over. Finally. Done.  (I. Love. Using. Periods.) To celebrate, I thought I’d post excerpts from the forthcoming upfront articles. 2009 Article Excerpt: Agent Mollie Glick of FoundryLiterary + Media talksabout nonfiction book proposals. “…There are lots of ways to think about...

Literary Definitions: Vol. 7

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 Seven: Buzz – Interest and positive word-of-mouth talk about something. For example: “The new Hulk film is supposed...

I'm in New York!

Hi Writers,I’m reporting live from New York City, where I’m accompanying our annual competitions winners Alegra Clarke and Mary Feuer. So Alegra and Mary and me are making the rounds to meet literary agents. This is part of their prize for winning our annual competition for the past two years. I was so happy...

On Amazon and the Economics of Clicking My Mouse

I just read an article in the NYTimes titled “Small Publishers Feel  Power of Amazon’s ‘Buy’ Button,” in which they talk about how Amazon– in an effort to try and get an increasingly more favorable cut of the  profits from publishers– will take away the “Buy now with 1 click”  button on many of...

WRITERS UNITE!

Hey, guys— Just wanted to let you know about an upcoming WGA meeting to continue the fight for fair treatment and compensation for reality TV writers. Although the writers strike is long over, the battle for writers’ rights is not.  Most reality writers work without equitable pay rates, overtime, or even insurance and retirement...

Maria in NYC

Hey Folks, Maria is in New York City this week and put Zac and I in charge of holding down the WD fort—oh yes, there’s actually a WD fort, and it’s made up of empty Mt. Dew cans, Gatorade bottles and various office supplies. But just because she’s OOO (Out Of Office) doesn’t mean...

The Importance of Staying Up to Date

In today’s fast paced world it’s easy to be quickly forgotten if you don’t keep up with constant change. An important part of marketing your work is staying up to date. If you’re promoting your book or trying to promote yourself as a freelance writer you need to present yourself as an authority on...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ScriptCity.com

Hey, everyone– Special thanks to Jen Grisanti, of Jen Grisanti Consultancy, for pointing me to this week’s great website.  But if you’re looking for particular movie scripts or scripts of produced TV episodes, check out Script City at www.scriptcity.com.  Unlike Drew’s Script-O-Rama or Daily Script, Script City is a pay site… but it has...

Help Them Help You

Hi Writers, One of the most important things I want to accomplish with this blog is to help answer the questions that arise when working with your publisher to promote your book. I work with authors every day who are confused about or don’t really understand exactly what goes on in our marketing and...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 006

There are many reasons people write. For instance, some just wish to communicate; others write for money; still, more than a few write to be remembered–or even be the inspiration for another to take up the pen (or keyboard, since pen is soooooo last century). For this week’s prompt, I want you to write...

What Should I Charge to Ghostwrite a Book?

Q: A friend approached me about writing her memoir. I don’t know how to charge for it, especially since I have no idea how much material I’ll have to work with and, therefore, how long it might be. Also, I know I want to share credit, on the one in a million chance that...

Best Short Story Request Hot Line

Friends, I’m back having (barely) survived the reunion. The campus  was beautiful (espresso bar in the library!), the people looked more  or less the same except the ones with 7 months worth of baby in their  bellies or new haircuts, and everyone got, well, very, very drunk.  And although I know that people on...

PITCH WORKSHOP: The First Entry!

I am pleased to announce that we have our first entry in the Script Notes Pitch Festival!  A big round of applause—and a thank you—for going first goes to E. Daniels, who posted the first one-sentence pitch Thursday evening. Just as a quick refresher… we’re in Phase One of our Script Notes Pitch Fest,...