Writing Editor Blogs

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


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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cinquain Winner

As I was going through all the cinquain submissions, I saw a few poets muse over how I must go through all the poems. So before I share the winner of this challenge, here’s a cinquain: How I Judge Form Challenges, by Robert Lee Brewer Not two by two, nor ten at a time,...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Sarah Nego of Corvisiero Literary

She is seeking: "I am only accepting middle grade and young adult fiction manuscripts. I'm open to any genre within those age groups, but prefer speculative fiction. Contemporary is not my favorite, but I will look at it. I am not interested in seeing poetry, novels in verse, short stories/novellas or anything focused on...

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Expert Advice on How to Write a Query Letter: Literary Agent Kate McKean Explains How in Her Aug. 1, 2013 Webinar, and Critiques Attendees’ Queries

It's no secret that a writer's query letter is extremely important in their quest to get a literary agent and get published. Agents evaluate dozens of queries a day, and make requests for more material from the few letters that impress them. They're crucial, and that's why people never get enough articles or advice...

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How to Plan a Great Book Reading: 5 Tips

1. Be professional. I’ve gone to readings where the writer is late. I’ve gone to readings where the writer insults the audience’s intelligence. I’ve gone to readings where the writer pulls papers out of his jacket, smoothes them on the stand, and then starts reading aloud with his head down for thirty five minutes...

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Pushing a Poetry Manuscript to a New Level

This is part 2 of an 8-part series on the process I went through to get my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53. Click here to start at the beginning, or feel free to continue reading this post. ****** On January 4, I received the incredible news...

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Literary Agent Interview: Jan Miller of Dupree/Miller & Associates

“Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Jan Miller of Dupree/Miller & Associates) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else. Based in Dallas, Jan Miller strives to bring innovative and impactful books...

The Cocktail Genre: Writing With a Twist

Blending two differing genres into a new storytelling twist, or what I like to call a “cocktail genre,” has been a popular style for a while now. You have Max Brooks’ documentary/horror epic World War Z (as usual, the book is better than the film); multiple works by Seth Grahame-Smith such as Pride and...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 229

Sorry for the late prompt this morning. The Brewer family car nearly didn’t start when we took Tammy to the bus stop–so after dropping her off, we took a family trip to the local AutoZone to get a new car battery. Now the car starts fine again; yay! For today’s prompt, write a charged...

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How I Got My Agent: Kerri Majors

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Kerri Majors, author of THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks,...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kate Maddison

2. Don’t start writing until you love the premise. Whenever I find myself playing the avoiding game with my writing, I ask myself why. The answer always seems to be that there’s something about where this story is headed that I don’t like. Sometimes this happens with the very first page. When I rework...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Beth Campbell of BookEnds, LLC

About Beth: After an undergraduate career filled with publishing internships, Beth Campbell joined BookEnds as a literary assistant in September 2012. She is currently working on building her list. In addition to working as an assistant, Beth is also the company's rights coordinator. She works with BookEnds' authors to sell the foreign, audio, and...

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Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection

As some of you may know, my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, will be published by Press 53 on September 1 (click here to learn more). The entire process of getting a poetry collection traditionally published was still foreign to me a year ago. So I’m going to re-live the...

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7 Ways a Writing Career is Like a Theme Park

1. You will spend most of your time in line. Go to any amusement park across this great nation. You will see loads of people willingly lined up in very long queues to board rides which only last around five minutes. Writing is kind of like that. The period leading up to my debut’s...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 228

For this week’s prompt, write an old poem. Now, I don’t mean take an already existing poem and pass it off as your own. However, I suppose you could re-write an old poem in a modern style or parody an older poem. Or the poem could be about an older individual, or an older...

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The Elements of a Successful Book Trailer

Before I decided to purse a career in writing, most of my ideas of the profession came from television and movies. Once I’d penned my masterpiece, I expected entire PR departments at big publishing houses to handle all facets of advertising. In my world, the writer wrote, then awkwardly cute girls in glasses took...

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Create Characters That Take Your Novel to the Bestseller List: July 18 Webinar with Critique by Agent Andrea Hurst

What makes a character jump off the page and keep an agent, publisher, or reader hooked to the end of the book? The most effective and successful novels create characters who continuously deepen in personality through internal and external conflict, characters who reveal themselves through dialogue and action, and characters who genuinely and naturally...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cinquain

It’s time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge, and as you may have guessed, this time around we’re going to attack the cinquain. Click here to read my original post on the cinquain, but here are the basics of this form: Five-line poem. First line has two syllables; second line has four syllables; third...

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How I Got My Agent: Lori Roy

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Lori Roy, author of BENT ROAD and UNTIL SHE COMES AROUND. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Peter Knapp of Park Literary Group

About Peter: Peter Knapp joined the Park Literary Group in July 2011. He provides support for all of the agency's initiatives, and is building his client list. Prior to joining Park Literary, he was the story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, where he consulted on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based film and TV entities....