Author Melody Delgado and her literary agent Cyle Young share their process of finding each other in the slush pile.
Picture book writer Lisa Katzenberger shares how she found her agent by participating in Twitter pitch contests and parties, including PBParty.
Couldn’t make it to the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with some of the best tips on queries, pitching, and general agent advice below. Also, be sure to check out #WDC17 on Twitter for more great writing tips...
Former secret service agent Dan Emmett shares his five secrets to compiling a fascinating memoir—the same five tips he used when working on his memoir, I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
Writer and public relations expert Lora Hyler shares her personal journey in querying, searching for an agent, and the importance of attending writer residencies to connect with other writers.
Award-winning author Barry Lancet shares five secrets he’s learned in his writing career about developing a character who can carry a series of novels.
Literary agent Julie Dinneen of D4EO Literary is open to queries! She is seeking literary fiction and upmarket general fiction, women’s fiction, and historical fiction.
Author Julie Bogart and veteran agent Rita Rosenkranz share their experience and knowledge of the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam event, and how to craft the perfect pitch.
Debut author Sophie Chen Keller explains how she got started writing and how she landed her dream agent for her novel, The Luster of Lost Things, with her first query letter.
Literary agent Caroline Eisenmann of the Frances Goldin Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking upmarket and literary fiction, as well as a variety of nonfiction.
The dreaded Revise and Resubmit request from an agent—it’s not a no. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to hone your work, because this agent sees potential in your manuscript.
Adapted from the leftovers of our annual agent issue, you’ll find a bevy of advice—concerning querying, beta readers, editing, and more—from 16 literary agents in this article.
Writing a proposal for a work of nonfiction may be intimidating and sometimes frustrating, especially if you’re unsure about the information you should include and how to structure the proposal. Authors often spin their wheels and look at multiple sources for guidance on this task. They look for multiple resources to...
Reminder: This agent spotlight features Stephanie Hansen, owner of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. Remember, newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is likely building his or her client list. About Stephanie: Stephanie represents debut to New York Times bestselling authors. She’s signed authors with small presses to major...
Debut author Sheena Kamal explains how she got an agent for her novel, The Lost Ones, while fighting internal thoughts that she felt like she never really belonged as a writer.
With this free worksheet from Bring Your Fiction to Life, Karen S. Wiesner gives you a simple outline for planning out your writing career, year-by-year, to accomplish any goals you’d like to achieve.
Debut author, Corabel Shofner, explains why she believes it took her 64 years to become a traditionally published author, and why writers should never give up.
Literary agent Jennifer Haskin is open to queries! She is currently seeking young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian fiction.
Author Idabel Allen discusses the setting and experience of the south in writing Southern fiction, a genre that reaches back to the age of Faulkner and more recently Flannery O’Conner.
Thriller writer Steven Kohlhagen shares his method for creating twists and turns throughout his novels—letting his characters dictate the ride.
Debut author Meg Eden explains the importance of bylines from literary magazines before pursuing literary representation.
Debut author Michael Haspil details five tips for surviving a long production cycle with your novel, including knowing when to vent and when to celebrate—and why you should always write.
Literary agent Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking middle-grade, and young adult contemporary, science fiction, and fantasy.
Author Rob Hart shares seven tips for writing about cities and places in fiction that you’ve only just visited, never lived, or are looking to put a fictional spin on.