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.


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Agent Advice: Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management

This installment features Paige Wheeler a founding partner of Folio Literary Management. Prior to forming Folio, Wheeler founded Creative Media Agency (CMA) in 1997 and served as its president for nine years until she merged CMA into her new company, Folio, in 2006. She is seeking: Paige is accepts all commercial fiction and upscale fiction,...

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How I Got My Agent: Janet Fox

"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...

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10 Tips For Marketing Your Books Online

1. Respect your lists. If you send out too many notifications, people simply tune you out. My newsletter goes out quarterly. Publishing works slowly enough that you don’t need much more than that to get your news out. Everyone’s time is precious: If you treat them with respect, you’ll get respect. 2. What works for...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tim Stretton

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 Tim Stretton. Tim Stretton's fantasy, The Dog of the North,...

''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Note from Chuck: This contest is now closed. Thank youfor submitting. Winners will be notified by email byaround June 2. Winners announced on the blog thereafter. ——– Welcome to the fifth “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This will be a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the...

New Agent Alert: Nicole Robson at The Fischer-Harbage 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: compelling fiction...

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Agent Advice: Jennifer Mattson of Andrea Brown Literary Agency

This installment features Jennifer Mattson of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Jennifer came to the agency after nearly five years of reviewing children's literature as part of the Books for Youth staff of Booklist magazine. A native of California now based in Chicago, Jennifer has a degree in English from Amherst College. She is seeking: picture...

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How I Got My Agent(s): Jackie Lee Miles

"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...

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Come Meet Me in DC: The American Independent Writers Conference, June 12, 2010

It's a one-day conference, Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the George Washington University Cafritz Conference Center in Washington, DC. It's sponsored by American Independent Writers (formerly the Washington Independent Writers). This year's theme is "New Realities: The Revolution of Writing and Publishing." See the registration form here. I've been told all names and sessions...

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What If Multiple Agents Want Your Work?

OK. So you’ve sent out your e-mails, had a few responses, and now it’s down to two or more agents who’ve made you offers. You’ve politely but firmly told them that you have to speak with everyone before making a decision. Now what? E-mail them, say there are several agents interested, and that you’d...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far: Kate Rockland

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 Kate Rockland. Kate Rockland is the author of Falling is...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing with Voice

“The human voice is the organ of the soul.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Today I’m serving up 5 articles to help you develop your writing voice. 1. In your own words. Missy Frye discusses how...

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New Agent Alert: Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary Management

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: everything from...

I am Critiquing Queries and Pitches!

If you dread writing a query letter or composing a pitch for your book, perhaps all you need is a little feedback and instruction. That’s why I’m running a webinar called “Novel Queries & Pitches: Critique Series.” Here’s the deal: The key to catching an agent’s eye is a compelling query and pitch, so...

Question: What's Expected at a Book Release Party?

I’ve never been to a book release party, which is probably why I have no idea what to do concerning the upcoming celebration of the release for my Gnomes book. I don’t know whether to do a nicer, classier event, or something more wild like having my cover band play somewhere and have a...

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How to Have an Awesome Time at a Writers Conference

1. BE PREPARED. Conferences are crazy, and you want to be prepared for whatever opportunity an industry pro might throw at you. Yes, polish your pitch; yes, study up on the faculty. But one of most important things you can do is have your work handy at all times. On the off chance that...

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Agent Advice: Jud Laghi of the Jud Laghi Agency

This installment features Jud Laghi of The Jud Laghi Agency. He began his career as a literary agent at ICM and, before forming The Jud Laghi Agency, was a Senior Agent at Larry Kirshbaum’s LJK Literary Management. He graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in English and creative writing, and lives in his...

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Synopsis Example (Thriller): “Spartan”

This time it's Spartan (2004), a tightly-wound thriller. As with thrillers, there are lots of twists and turns, and I had to leave a lot out of the synopsis so it would flow quickly. One thing to notice here is that the character of Bobby Scott, who is by far the biggest character in...

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How I Got My Agent: Judy Winter

"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...

Announcing the Best Agent Blogs for 2010

Every year, Writer’s Digest compiles its massive “101 Best Websites for Writers” article, and this year’s installment just hit newsstands in the May/June issue. (It will be online soon.) With that in mind, I give you my five choices for the best agent blogs on the Internet today. It was tough, and I couldn’t...