Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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The Constant Gardener

Before I had a garden, I remember how desperately and urgently I craved success. I remember staying up all night, writing as fast as I could, or agonizing over the same few paragraphs. I would do anything to get published. And all of that was profoundly unhelpful. What I needed to...

How I Got My Literary Agent: Constance Lombardo

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Constance Lombardo, author of MR. PUFFBALL: STUNT CAT ACROSS AMERICA. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many...

24th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Literary Fiction

UPDATE: Winners chosen. Agent judge Annie Hwang has picked her 3 winners (no order, with a bonus 4th). They are: Nancy Johnson for THE KINDEST LIE Lee Kaplan for THE FLIGHT OF THE LESSER KESTREL Faerl Marie Torres for A NEW SEASON Julie Carrick Dalton for THE POACHERS’ CODE ———————– Welcome...

Contests: A Non-Traditional Route to Publication

Like most unpublished writers, I believed that there were only two paths to getting my words and thoughts before the world’s readers. I could go the traditional route of sending out query letters, and hope my brilliant writing would be plucked from the slush pile on a discerning agent’s desk. She would...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Liam Walsh

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Liam Walsh, author of FISH) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing...

How I Got My Literary Agent: Victoria Coe

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Victoria Coe, author of FENWAY AND HATTIE. 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...

The Kama Sutra of Getting Published

Put yourself in these three publishing positions to maximize your chances. I wrote my first book-length manuscript at the foolish age of 19 and thought it would set the New York publishing houses ablaze. A few dozen rejection letters and no blaze later, and I came to understand what we all...

Conferencing for Introverts 2.0

A while back, I wrote about attending a conference as an introvert, and how misguided “outsiders looking in” feelings can sometimes hold us back from getting the most value from an event. The reality is that published or unpublished, agent or editor, we attend conferences for the same reason: to grow,...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Pat Esden

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Pat Esden, author of BEYOND YOUR TOUCH) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along...

How I Got My Literary Agent: Susanne Lord

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Susanne Lord, author of DISCOVERY OF DESIRE. 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...

23rd Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Middle Grade

UPDATE: Marisa has chosen the 3 winners (no order): Eric Davis: Arthur Kuss: Gladiator Sheridan MacAuley: Lexi Max vs. The Dinocalypse Catherine Arguelles: Dishonesty is Green ——————— Welcome to the 23rd (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s...

How Breaking Genres Can Help You Get Published

Agents, publishers, and editors are always looking for “fresh writing.” They want something new. Something they’ve never seen before. Four years ago, I was just a reader attending college classes for my business degree. I hadn’t written anything other than school papers, but decided I was going to write a book...

The Small-Press Experience

A little over a year ago, my first novel was published. After countless revisions, querying it to an inch of its life, finding an agent, leaving an agent, finding a publisher, content edits, line edits, etc., etc., my little-story-that-could became a full-fledged, published novel. For months after its release, the question...

15 Agents Seeking Adult Fantasy Novels NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of late summer 2016. This list is for Adult Fantasy Novels. All the agents listed below personally confirmed...