October 2014 Issue
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Workshops Starting September 18th
- Breaking into Copywriting
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- Essentials of Business Writing
- Advanced Poetry Writing
- Writing Personal Essays 101
- Query Letter in 14 Days
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- Blogging 101
- Form and Composition
- The Art of Storytelling 101
- Fundamentals of Writing for Children 101: Picture Books
- Writing the Memoir 101
- Build Your Novel Scene by Scene
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- Fitting Writing into Your Life
- Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Essentials of Romance Writing
- Breaking into Copywriting
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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.
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
Q. Could you tell me if [name] of [redacted] Talent & Model Agency is an authorized agent for publishing books. She wants an upfront fee of $12,000, and it makes me wonder. Please … Read more
The Web site Editor Unleashed, which is run by former WD editor Maria Schneider, is hosting a live forum chat with agent Michael Bourret of the Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. Michael … Read more
Interview with literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb. Read more
Q. Hi, Chuck! I have a question about agents and blogs: I have read and heard so many accounts of writers blogging about a specific topic or writing project, and an agent … Read more
I’m editing an article by literary agent Cricket Freeman of The August Agency where she shares a lot of expertise, but this one small nugget here was so good I wanted to … Read more
Song we’re working on right now: New Age Girl (Mary Moon) by Dead Eye Dick. Comedian Darrell Hammond once joked that there are certain arguments where you can just sense will end … Read more
Q. I’m just wondering: If I needed an editor and/or ghost writer for my book, where would I acquire one? Now, I’m not done with my book, I only got a few … Read more