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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

Make a Living as a Writer
by Rebecca Matter and AWAI’s expert panel

It’s true, you CAN make a living as a writer! And each week AWAI’s expert panel, led by writer and marketer Rebecca Matter, will introduce you to the best-paying writing opportunities, give you inside tips and advice on landing them, and help you live the writer’s life of your dreams. Read Rebecca’s Blog.
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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Fiction Series

One of the main concerns writers should have when planning and writing a series is consistency. But what does it mean to be consistent? It’s more than just keeping track of the character names, physical attributes, family trees, and locations in a notebook or Excel spreadsheet; it’s about presenting the logical facts that you’ve...


How I Got My Agent: Brian McClellan

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Brian McClellan, author of PROMISE OF BLOOD: Book One of the Powder Mage Trilogy. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long...


Tom Lombardo: Poet Interview

Anyone who’s been reading my 8-part series on getting a poetry collection published will probably recognize Tom Lombardo’s name, since I mention him by name a few times. He’s my editor at Press 53. But some readers may remember that I’ve interviewed him on this blog in the past–years ago–for his poetry anthology, After...

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Need Ideas or a Writing Boost? Read Your Newspaper’s Obituaries

For an author, obituaries provide a wealth of story material. I’ve gotten character names from reading obituaries and story ideas. I’ve learned things I didn’t know and came across connections I would have never made otherwise. Try these on for size: -- Donald Doutrich raced against Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough. -- Jeanne Recht loved to...

Solving the World's Problems

Moving Past the Poetry Collection

Here we are–the last part of the publishing process for my poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems–and I have a confession to make: It’s not really about the collection. Rather, this post is about what happens next. The first few years as an editor on the Market Book series, I found that I kept...

John Grisham’s 3 Must-Haves of Novel Writing

The following is a guest post by author Tony Vanderwarker: I spent two years writing a novel under the guidance of my friend and neighbor John Grisham. So in light of this piece on There Are No Rules speculating about John’s rules of thumb as a writer, I’m sharing the three absolute requirements for...


How I Got My Agent: J. Kent Messum

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring J. Kent Messum, author of BAIT, a novel. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 235

For this week’s prompt, write a front poem. Front can mean many things. For instance, a cold front or hot front, front of the house, putting on a front (or disguise/display), storefront, waterfront, etc. Get to it! Here’s my attempt at a front poem: “beachfront” she says she’d like to hit the beach but...

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Kristina Marie Darling & Carol Guess: Poets Interview

This interview is a little different, because I have two interview subjects: Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess, who collaborated on the collection X Marks the Dress: A Registry. How exciting! Kristina Marie Darling has been interviewed on this blog before. She’s the author of 13 books, including Melancholia and Petrarchan. Her awards include...


New Literary Agent Alert: Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron & Associates

She is seeking: She enjoys literary and upmarket fiction of all types in addition to commercial—including well-researched historical and well-told women's fiction. She also loves a page-turning mystery, suspense, or thriller with sharp wit and unexpected twists and turns. She has a soft spot for distinctive, strong, contemporary characters set in small towns. Amy...

Robert Lee Brewer

Releasing the Poetry Collection

While it feels like the book has been out for a while, yesterday (September 1) was the “official” release date. Initially, I thought I’d have some kind of long celebration post about releasing the book (yay! hooray! woot! etc.), but I just feel a little wiped out–in a good way (you know, that “wiped...


Tackling Tough Topics in YA

When I started working on my young adult novel My Life After Now, which is about a teenage girl who learns she is HIV-positive, the only thing I was thinking about was telling a good story. Okay, I knew I specifically wanted to tackle the subject of HIV/AIDS because not only has teen literature largely...


How I Got My Agent: Lee Kelly

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Lee Kelly, author of MANHATTAN SAVAGES (2015, Simon & Schuster). These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 234

Today’s prompt is inspired by a speech given 50 years ago today delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Click here to view the speech.) For today’s prompt, write a vision poem. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. I’m sure most poets have a vision of how to make the world a better place....


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Emmie Mears

2. Go tackle a new quest. There’s nothing like a new obsession to keep you from obsessing over submission. Sure, some books get snapped up by editors faster than you can say “six figures,” but for most of us, it takes longer. A lot longer. To dull the ache and fear of the inbox,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Lai: Poetic Forms

The lai is another French form. It’s a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern: aabaabaab. The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables; the “b” rhyme lines have 2 syllables. It feels kind of like organized skeltonic verse. Here’s an example lai I wrote: “16,”...


New Literary Agent Alert: Lisa Rodgers of Jabberwocky Literary

About Lisa: Lisa grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from California State University, Sacramento, in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in German literature-in-translation, history, and culture (sadly, she doesn’t speak German, although it’s on her bucket list). She moved to New York City in...