Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

This excellent blog is dedicated to sharing the latest and greatest instruction and information on literary agents, literary agencies, query letters, submissions, publishing, author platform, book marketing, and more.


How to Back Up Your Blog and Save Content

Most people back up their computers, but forget about backing up their blog. If you write all your posts in Word or some other word processor, you might be able to patch things up if your blogging service or ISP throws a hissy fit; if not, you’re kinda sorta screwed. Fortunately, backing up a...

How I Got My Agent: Teddy Wayne

"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...

5 Screenwriting Tips All Writers Can Learn From

No. 2: Start late. In individual scenes, don't waste valuable time on unnecessary entrances and hellos. See if a scene can be started in the middle. A writer who is willing to self-edit will often find that a scene is strengthened by cutting the first two, and often last two, lines of dialogue. No. 12:...

The 8 Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Writing a strong nonfiction book proposal can seem a daunting task at first. However, once you understand the elements required, you can create a proposal that compels agents and editors to want to see more of your work.      School psychologist by day and lover of books by night, Christine Fonseca started writing...

How I Got My Agent: Kevin Sheridan

"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...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Macie Smith

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 Macie Smith. Macie Smith is a contributing writer for seveneightfive...

Agent Advice: Chris Park of Foundry Literary + Media

This installment features Chris Park of Foundry Literary + Media. Prior to joining Foundry, Chris worked as an editor for several New York publishing houses (Hachette Book Group, Random House) and helped launch an independent publishing company. She has a degree in English from Harvard University and lives in a Chicago suburb with her...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Publishing Myths

“Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else.”~ Ivern Ball Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. The whispering starts whenever two or more writers are together—maybe over drinks...

Molto Bene: Gnomes Gets Offer For Italian-Language Rights

Got some exciting news last week. Italy’s coolest publishing house, whose name I cannot even remember now, made an offer to buy Italian-language rights of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. So cool! It will be insane to see a different cover with a different language on it. I suspect the reason Italy...

Agent Miriam Kriss On: Is There Still Room in Urban Fantasy?

Urban fantasy has become a catchall phrase for contemporary-set fantasy and magical realism. It draws on many traditions of fantasy, horror, hardboiled crime fiction and even romance, blending them together in differing degrees to give us new stories with old tropes. It first really broke out with Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series in...

How I Got My Agent: Sandy James

"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...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jan Underwood

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 Jan Underwood. Jan Underwood teaches and writes in Portland, Ore....

New Agent Alert: Anita Bartholomew of Salkind 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 seeking: mystery/suspense, historical,...

6 Tips on How to Build a Platform and Sell Books

For nonfiction writers, the most significant development of the past decade has been the insistence by the publishers that authors have national platforms. For fiction writers, authors’ platforms matter less. However, it never hurts for a fiction writer to be charismatic, articulate, a vigorous promoter, and media savvy. Children’s book writers and illustrators also...

The Power of No

Take a few wary moments to think before you sign and seal yourself to someone who might not be the best business partner to sell your writing. “No, thank you,” and a quick hang-up might be the best response if you experience any of the following statements during a phone call from a potential...