Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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Live Near Indianapolis? Come Meet Me on Sept. 18 or Nov. 17

There is an Author Appreciation Fair at the Greenfield branch of the Hancock County Library in suburban Indianapolis (east side of town, I think). I'll be speaking from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on "How to Get Your Work Published." Essentially, I will be giving writing tips and taking questions from the audience, so...

Agent Advice: Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management

This installment features Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management. Catherine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law from University of New South Wales. She worked as a copyright and defamation litigator in Sydney for four years before moving to the United States in 1995. She had...

5 Things Television Teaches Writers

We’ve all watched television—dramas, police procedurals, reality shows, newscasts. Although television is a different medium than writing, it provides an abundance of advice wrapped inside the programming that’s relevant to today’s writers. Guest column by Janice Gable Bashman, co-author of Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil (Citadel Press, 2010)...

New Agent Alert: Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: Kerry loves...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Victoria Ceretto-Slotto

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Victoria Ceretto-Slotto. Victoria Ceretto-Slotto is a Nevada-based writer whose first...

Agent Advice: Sally van Haitsma of van Haitsma Literary

This installment features Sally Van Haitsma of van Haitsma Literary. Sally earned her B.A. and Masters of Communication from the University of California, San DiegoTransitioning to publishing, she worked at an alternative weekly newspaper, the San Diego Reader, before agenting at the Castiglia Literary Agency. Sally lives with her husband Dirk Sutro and an...

How I Got My Agent: Deborah Blake

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

Super Rates Right Now for WritersMarket.com

I’ve explained before that WritersMarket.com is the market database to end all databases. It’s got more than 6,000 listings for book publishers, literary agents, magazines, newspapers, contests, production companies, and much more. In other words, it’s the motherload of markets. If you were thinking about signing up for WM.com and having access, now is...

Agent Advice: Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

This installment features Sarah LaPolla, an agent with Curtis Brown, LTD. She had been working with CB since 2008. With her own MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, Sarah loves getting to work directly with new and developing authors. She is seeking: literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, literary...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Hollis Gillespie

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Hollis Gillespie. Hollis Gillespie is an award-winning humor and travel...

Footnotes: 6 Articles on Dystopian Stories/Writing

“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”~ Kyle Reese Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Suzanne’s Collins’s Hunger Games series has ignited a craze for dystopian literature. That’s why today...

New Agent Alert: Jason Pinter of Waxman Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. He is seeking: commercial fiction...

Trends in Publishing: How Our Worlds Are Changing

THE FUTURE OF SELF-PUBLISHING Penny believes self-publishing has gone from being considered a last-ditch effort to a more respected enterprise. She brought up Legally Blonde as an early success story of a self-published book. Carleen mentioned J.A. Konrath’s success with e-books that had previously not sold or had gone out of print. Penny cautioned...

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''I Don't Want To Be'' by Gavin DeGraw

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put up much video. Truth is, I’m self-conscious. Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing “I...

Agent Advice: Adam Friedstein of Anderson Literary Management

This installment features Adam Friedstein of Anderson Literary Management, LLC. He was previously at Trident Media Group. He is seeking: He primarily represents debut literary fiction, literary thrillers and suspense, young adult fiction, memoir, and narrative and serious nonfiction (politics, education, biographies and more).

The Irony of Impossible

One of the most daunting things about trying to get published has got to be reading all those odds that say it’s impossible to get published. My emotional self remembers hearing some of these numbers, and they feel like doomsday statistics: Guest column by Kirk Farber, author of Postcards from a Dead Girl (Harper Perennial,...

How I Got My Agent: Katie Lee

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

Agents Tell All at RWA National

Guest column by Ricki Schultz, freelance writer and coordinator of Shenandoah Writers in VA. I spoke at the 30th annual Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando, Fla.—which was chock-full of awesome. The first afternoon of the intense three-day event (attended by over 2,000 people!), I went to the PRO Retreat, which included an...

Join Me For ''How to Land a Literary Agent'' on Aug. 26

You hear me talk a lot on this blog about the writers’ conferences I attend and the presentations I give on agents and pitching. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to attend such a conference but can’t because of money or proximity issues, here is your chance to listen in and ask questions from your...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kim Wright

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Kim Wright. Kim Wright’s novel Love in Mid Air (March...