Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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5 Techniques for Managing Group Critiques

1. Know your group, and tailor your critique sessions accordingly. It’s helpful to begin each reading with a quick introduction, in which the writer is given the opportunity to communicate her needs to the group. 2. Ask each member of the group to read her work aloud, rather than simply giving group...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Annette Lyon

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 Annette Lyon. Annette Lyon has published seven...

How Writers Can Use Twitter for Networking and Success

While Twitter is useful for writers for a myriad of reasons, networking takes the cake. Using Twitter, we can connect with people who would be out of reach otherwise, people who live far away or are more important or simply uninterested in us. As I sometimes explain to newbies, if Facebook...

Literary Agent Interview: Natalie Fischer of Bradford Literary (formerly Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

This installment features Natalie Fischer of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She is seeking: Commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-YA/Teen), romance (contemporary and historical), historical fiction, multicultural fiction, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy in YA or romance only, fairy-tale/legend spin-offs, and “beautiful dark” novels. She will also consider select memoir.

At the Root of Writing is Creativity

These days, with my debut middle grade out in the world, people seem to want to know if I’d always wanted to be a writer. And I did. Ever since I can remember, that’s all wanted to do (except for that year in the fourth grade when I wanted to be...

How I Got My Agent: Josh Vogt

"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,...

My Adventures in … Surrey, Canada

I just got back from my first trip to the Surrey International Writers Conference in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada - a suburb of Vancouver. Sadly, I did not get into the city to witness Vancouver in all its greatness, but the conference itself was very big and quite wonderful. I gave...

So You Think You Can Write?

In the writer’s room, my bosses made quick work of my delusions of brilliance with a peremptory “Maybe that’s funny at Harvard.” Under their guidance, I learned the value of observing in silence, listening to those with more experience and most of all, re-writing. Guest column by Susan Fales-Hill, who began her...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Amanda Flower

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 Amanda Flower. Amanda Flower is an academic...

How Live Readings Can Help Your Writing

Two years ago I began transitioning from my career as a journalist by tapering off my work for The New York Times. I took my debut novel through several edits and began to explore the complicated road to publication. Social Media provided an opportunity to write for others and vastly expand...

Literary Agent Interview: Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company

This installment features Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company. Originally from northern California, Laurie cut her teeth as an editor at Hyperion, where she was responsible for five New York Times best-sellers, including Brain Droppings by George Carlin. In 2003, Laurie became a literary agent, exclusively representing nonfiction. She is seeking:...

How I Got My Agent: Dawn Kurtagich

"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: Elena Mechlin of Pippin Properties

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...

Literary Agent Interview: Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.

This installment features Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc. Previously an agent at Vigliano Associates and the Don Maass Agency, Andrea Somberg joined Harvey Klinger in the spring of 2005. She is seeking: both fiction and nonfiction, including literary, commercial, young adult, genre (romance, mystery, sf/fantasy) memoir, pop culture, how-to, self-help,...

WritersMarket.com Discounted in October

WritersMarket.com, our large online database of markets and literary agents (more than 8,000 markets and all), is having an awesome sale this month. Here’s the special pricing for October 2010: Complete WritersMarket.com Monthly Membership: $3.99 Complete WritersMarket.com 1-year Membership: $29.99 Complete WritersMarket.com 2-year Membership: $44.99  Sign up here! FEATURES OF WM.COM:...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mara Purnhagen

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 Mara Purnhagen. Mara Purnhagen cannot live without...

4 Factors for Choosing an MFA Program

Many struggle with the decision to pursue an MFA. Here are some insider opinions from a guy who teaches in both a traditional and low-residency program. 1. LIFESTYLE Many mistakenly believe that writing is an indulgence. Writing is not an indulgence: You give up other indulgences to write. And the low-residency program...