October 2014 Issue
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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog
Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and published author who runs the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, one of the biggest blogs in publishing. His site has instruction and information on literary agents, literary agencies, query letters, submissions, publishing, author platform, book marketing, and more.
May/June Issue of WD Has Interview with Stephen King, Interview with Jerry Jenkins, 101 Best Websites for Writers – Just Brimming with Awesomeness
I’ve been reading Writer’s Digest magazine since well before I was ever working for F+W Media here, and I have to say – this issue just looks like one of the coolest … Read more
Hey, guys– Huge thanks to everyone who came to last night’s pilot-writing seminar at mediabistro… it was a terrific turnout, and I really appreciate everyone coming and being so interested! For those … Read more
Editor’s Note: Firebrand Literary closed in July 2009. Three agents from Firebrand Literary have broken off to form a new agency: Upstart Crow Literary. It will be headed up by Michael Stearns, who was formerly a prolific children’s book editor. Also on board are agents Chris Richman and Danielle Chiotti. Between the three of them, they handle adult fiction, lots of kids fiction, and some nonfiction, too. Stacia moved on to Donald Maass Literary. Read more
Ugh. My band’s show for this weekend was postponed because some guy at some bar wrote down wrong dates for when we were supposed to play. Buzzkill. And to think, we were … Read more
I’m giving an early shout-out to a June conference at which I’ll be presenting: the Southeastern Writers Association 34th Annual Writers Workshop. It all goes down from June 21-25, 2009, at St. Simons Island, GA. Read more
My cover band usually plays three sets of music, with about 16-18 songs in each set. The set list is always in flux – new songs added, old songs taken away, stuff … Read more
I came across Gretchen McNeil’s Seanchai blog recently, and saw it had posted two recent interviews with top-notch agents. Read more
This installment features Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary.
She is seeking:”chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, humor, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (women’s, urban, steampunk, unique), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, dark comedies, speculative fic), narrative non-fiction (pop culture, environmental, foodie).” Read more
Seth Godin, best-selling author and all-around successful business guru, recently posted a column called “Where Have All the Agents Gone?” In it, basically, he talks about how “middlemen” such as stock brokers, real … Read more
This cool new Web site called Filed By looks like a MySpace-like site where writers can access a template page and create a writer profile. Read more
I’ve spent a good amount of time recently getting agents (and a few editors) to sign on to a ginormous Agent Pitch Slam, which is part of our writers’ conference in NYC … Read more
Every year, Writer’s Digest Books puts on an awesome one-day writers’ conference in conjunction with BookExpo America. This year’s BookExpo event is in Manhattan in late May, and our writers’ conference is on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Read more
An interview here with agent Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary. Read more
Out of all the agent blogs out there (and there are plenty of them, big and small), probably the biggest blog is Nathan Bransford’s. He is an agent with Curtis Brown out … Read more
Taryn Fagerness is a literary agent out in San Diego; I met and interviewed her a while back when we crossed paths at the La Jolla Writers Conference. She contacted me today and said that after five years at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, she is branching out and going on her own. Read more
There’s been a lot of chatter around the net recently about a project called Queryfail, and I had two people in the publishing house here ask me about it yesterday, so I … Read more
Paul Rodeen recently left his position at Sterling Lord Literistic to establish his own agency, focusing on children’s writing. Interested in children’s work and illustrators, middle grade, picture books and young adult. Read more
UPDATE 3/22: Although below I said put all your money on Pitt, I actually never did pick Pitt to win it all. I did too much analysis and changed my mind. Strangely … Read more
Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer Screams the Word 'Snatchypoo' Into the Microphone; Crowd Understandably Perplexed
Our lead singer is a peculiar fellow. The man says whatever is on his mind and doesn’t bother to consider anything like, oh, ramifications, or say – if a woman will smack … Read more
Reno – I’m back. This past weekend, I was at the Truckee Meadows Community College Writers’ Conference (usually just called the Reno Writers’ Conference) and everything went well. Conference attendance was near an all-time high despite the recession. Read more
Two weeks ago, I asked newsletter readers to submit any thoughts or tips they had on rewriting that could possibly help other scribes. Well, I got a bunch of responses – and … Read more
This installment features Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Kelly recently joined the ABLA after leaving the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
She is seeking: all types of children’s literature (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels). In picture books and middle grade fiction, Kelly looks for a good sense of humor, stories that stretch a young reader’s imagination, and an authentic voice. In young adult, she appreciates literary voices and character-driven stories with heart. In non-fiction for children, she enjoys projects that inspire and stimulate the minds of our younger generations.” Read more
Cover Band Soap Opera: I Decide Not To Play 'The Joker (Space Cowboy)'; Bandmates Red-Faced With Anger
We had a show last night (and actually have another tonight, as a matter of fact). So we’re in the middle of the third set, and our drummer kicks off “The Joker” … Read more
Strangely enough, I had not one but two important conversations about book advances yesterday. First, I was talking with my agent, Sorche Fairbank, who relayed some good news: The first book proposal … Read more
Lori Perkins has an agency in New York. I blogged this agency a while back when Jenny Rappaport left the agency to form her own. Now, Lori has taken on a new agent: Sandy Lu.
Fiction areas of interest: literary and commercial fiction, upscale women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, and historical fiction. She is especially interested in edgy, contemporary urban fiction. Read more