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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Colin Falconer

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 Colin Falconer. Colin Falconer is the author...

What I Learned About ”The Call”

I’ve been writing humor for over twenty years. During that time, I’ve received enough rejection slips to wallpaper most of the homes in Papua New Guinea. I’ve also gotten some pretty sweet calls along the way. Like the call I received four years ago. I was at home avoiding writing (aka...

New Agent Alert: Logan Garrison of The Gernert Company

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. Logan is...

How I Got My Agent: Nikki Katz

"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,...

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''Poker Face'' by Lady Gaga

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...

Literary Agent Interview: Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary

This installment features Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary. Formerly a Senior Editor at both Kensington Publishing and Adams Media, she enjoys working closely with authors to develop projects. She welcomes first-time authors with a unique voice and point of view. She is seeking: contemporary women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, humorous tales...

Hearing Voices: 6 Steps I Used for Creating an Anthology

1. Find A Unique Theme After two positive experiences of contributing to anthologies about education, I was ready to work on my own. But what voice needed to be heard and hadn’t been heard before? A life-changing experience answered these questions when my son was deployed to war. The seldom-heard voices...

Successful Queries: Agent Dan Lazar and “The Bells”

This series is called "Successful Queries" and I'm posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked. The 42nd installment in this series is...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Thomas W. Young

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 Thomas W. Young. Thomas W. Young's Afghanistan...

Agent Advice: Claire Gerus of Claire Gerus Literary Agency

This installment features Claire Gerus of Claire Gerus Literary Agency. She is seeking: Contemporary fiction, including mysteries and short story collections. Her nonfiction interests include biographies, memoirs, finance, current affairs, politics, history, military, health & fitness, psychology, religion, technology, and true crime.

How I Got My Agent: Corinne Bowen

"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,...

New Agent Alert: Victoria Marini of Irene Goodman Literary

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...

18 Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer

One thing many people ask me is: How? How do I become a writer? Well, I'm here to answer that question once and for all. Keep in mind this applies equally well to deciding you're going to write a short story or deciding you're going to write a novel. Heck, it...

Gnome Book at Borders Pic, and an Online Interview

Michelle Sussman snapped this pic of my book at a Borders, though I do not know the location. The danger of gnomes has attracted a prime spot in this store. Protect yourself! It’s a dangerous world out there, full of pointy-hatted murderers. Other than that, there’s been a lot of little...

Agent Advice: Scott Mendel of the Mendel Media Group

This installment features Scott Mendel of the Mendel Media Group. With a background in academia, Scott has worked in publishing since the early 1990s. In November 2002, he opened the Mendel Media Group in New York. He is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, the Author's Guild, the Mystery...

How to Write a Travel Memoir

A travel memoir is a travel writing genre all its own. It is not a guidebook, trip diary or marketing piece for the Sunday paper. Rather, it is a delicate mixture of recollection and reflection that reveals how a journey, or a series of journeys, transformed the writer. Guest column by Susan...

What ”Show, Don’t Tell” Really Means, by Agent Mary Kole

It’s the old adage you hear in every writing class, workshop, critique group and probably on some things you’ve had edited, rejected or submitted in your lifetime. “Show, don’t tell,” says the editor or agent or well-meaning crit partner. “You know, this really is an issue of showing versus telling,” says...