40 Damn Good Reasons to Read The Guide to Literary Agents Blog in 2013 (and a Giveaway Contest)

Recently, the Guide to Literary Agents Blog passed 2,000 posts. Thank you to all my readers — both long-time and new — that continue to make this one of the biggest blogs in publishing. With this 2,000-post milestone behind me, I wanted to pass on 40 damn good reasons to keep reading this site in 2013 as you continue your journey on how to find a literary agent and build your platform.



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Reason #1: A FREE GIVEAWAY CONTEST! (WINNERS CHOSEN: seagoat, kelseygillespy, and justhowitsounds30 (Nathan).) Contests & free books galore. We’re starting up again with more weekly giveaways to random commenters of guest posts. In late 2012, the blog had some commenting issues, but those issues are resolved, so it’s back to simple commenting and lotsa free prizes! In fact, I’m starting with this post! I’ll pick 3 random commenters of this post after 2 weeks and the two winners can have any of my writing books that they want. Take your pick:

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Reason #2: The blog continues to grow over time. Now, I’m taking an active approach to writing more about platform, promotion & publicity — all ever-growing, important topics for both published writers and soon-to-be-published writers (both traditional and indie publishing). So even when you DO get an agent, I’ve still got valuable content and columns that will help you in your author journey. As usual, we will continue to have plenty of stuff on agents & submissions such as New Agent Alerts, Agent Interviews, “How I Got My Agent” columns, and much more.


The Other 38 Reasons:

Hear From Those Who Came Before and Succeeded

“I checked the GLA Blog every day when I was going through my agent search! It actually saved me from making several really embarrassing and potentially harmful mistakes, and taught me a lot about the whole process. Anyway, I’m grateful for your site and I’m a big fan.” [Veronica’s agent is Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary.]
– Veronica Roth, author of the New York Times bestseller DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011)

“I visited the [GLA] blog many times when I was on the agent hunt.”
– Erin Morgenstern, author of New York Times bestseller THE NIGHT CIRCUS (Doubleday, 2011)

“I just wanted to let you know that because of your wonderful blog, I am now represented by Evan Gregory of Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.”
– J.M. Frey, author of the science fiction novel TRIPTYCH (Dragon Moon Press, 2011)

“I followed the Guide to Literary Agents Blog daily when I was in the querying process.”
– Aminta Arrington, author of the memoir HOME IS A ROOF OVER A PIG: AN AMERICAN FAMILY’S JOURNEY IN CHINA (2012, Overlook)

“I used the Guide to Literary Agents Blog along my writing journey. I love the tips from successful writers and find the agent-quest tales to be fascinating and heartening.”
– Martha Brockenbrough, author of DEVINE INTERVENTION (Arthur A. Levine, June 2012)

“I read your blog regularly and in fact got my agent, Sara D’Emic [of Talcott Notch] after you identified her as a new agent for Talcott Notch Literary.”
– Ronald Farrington Sharp, author of NO REGRET, NO REMORSE: A SYDNEY SIMONE MYSTERY (Poisoned Penn Press, Nov. 2012)

“I found [agent] Jessica Sinsheimer [of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary] through your GLA Blog interview last August. She signed me in September and we sold Falling Under, in December. Quite the whirlwind!”
– Gwen Hayes, author of the paranormal young adult novel FALLING UNDER (NAL, 2011)

“I’ve been a near daily visitor to your site since 2005 when I started writing Children of Paranoia. Much of what I learned about querying/agents/editors and the business in general, I learned from your website. You really do provide a great service for all of us frustrated and frightened aspiring writers.”
– Trevor Shane, author of the thriller CHILDREN OF PARANOIA (Dutton, 2011)

“I followed The Guide to Literary Agents Blog religiously as I prepared to submit work to agents. The blog contains invaluable information about specific agencies, the process of querying agents and what to expect when working with an agent. I’m now happily represented by my first choice agency and agent [Mary Kole of Movable Type Management].”
– Bethanie Murguia, author of the picture books BUGLETTE (2011) and ZOE GETS READY (2012, Arthur A. Levine Books)

“I found Michelle Humphrey [of Martha Kaplan Literary] on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog and fell in love with her upbeat attitude about the publishing process (‘Make rejection pie!’ she said). She responded to my query the next day. Less than two weeks after reading Michelle’s GLA post, I had an agent.”
– Caroline Starr Rose, author of the middle grade MAY B. (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)

“I’m a big fan of your Guide to Literary Agents blog. It was an invaluable resource when I started querying!” [Mike’s agent is Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary.]
– Mike Martinez, author of the debut science fiction THE DAEDALUS INCIDENT (Night Shade Books, May 2013)

“I found my agent [of Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary] through a GLA article.”
– Jess Haines, author of the urban fantasy series HUNTED BY THE OTHERS (several books)

“If you’re stuck in the circle of hell commonly known as the slush pile, this site [the Guide to Literary Agents Blog] is your Virgil: a guide to help you out.”
Dennis Mahoney, author of the literary novel FELLOW MORTALS (Farrar, Strous and Giroux, 2013)

“I’ve always had your blog to thank for helping me find my wonderful agent, Danielle Chiotti [of Upstart Crow Literary]—so it’s always had a special place in my heart.
– Sarah Tregay, author of the novel in verse LOVE AND LEFTOVERS (Katharine Tegen Books, 2011)

“I trolled the GLA Blog often when I was in search on an agent, and found the blog so helpful.”
– Kristen Callihan, author of the paranormal novel FIRELIGHT (Forever Books, 2012)

“I am very well acquainted with the Guide to Literary Agents Blog. I read and reread so many of the interviews and articles during my agent search. It is an amazing resource and I often recommend it to other writers. It’s really nice to get a chance to tell you how much I’ve appreciated all the work you put in there.”
– Carol Rifka Brunt, author of the literary novel TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME (Dial Press, 2012)

“The Guide to Literary Agents Blog is a great resource for writers. The posts were encouraging and informative as I searched for my agent [Melissa Jeglinski of The Knight Agency], and the blog helped me build my knowledge of the publishing world.”
– Amanda Sun, author of the young adult debut (and start of a trilogy) INK (Harlequin Teen, June 2013)

“When I was lost and agentless, the Guide to Literary Agents Blog was like a lifeline pulling me into a place where I could say: It can be done, it can be done. And sometimes, a little bit of hope can go a very long way.”
– Mary Glickman, author of the literary novel HOME IN THE MORNING (Open Road, 2010)

“My rock star agent is Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, thanks to GLA. I can’t tell you how much I learned reading your blog posts.”
– Delilah Dawson, author of the steampunk romance WICKED AS THEY COME (Pocket Books, 2012)

“I found my agent, John Rudolph at Dystel & Goderich, by reading the Guide to Literary Agents Blog.”
– Joe Oestreich, author of the memoir HITLESS WONDER: A LIFE IN MINOR LEAGUE ROCK & ROLL (Lyons Press, 2012)

“Your [GLA] blog is one of the primary sources I rely on for day-to-day news and inspiration.”
– Mike Mullin, author of the YA book ASHFALL & sequels (2011, Tanglewood Press)

“As a published author of nonfiction for kids, I felt ready to take the next step in my career and find an agent to represent me on a YA project. After hearing Chuck speak at a local meeting, I checked out his GLA Blog and read up on Jeff Ourvan, an agent with Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. My query was ready to go, and after some helpful and informative discussions, Jeff signed me late last year.”
– Kerrie Hollihan, author of THEODORE ROOSEVELT FOR KIDS (2010) and several other children’s nonfiction titles

“If you’re looking for an agent, you must follow Chuck Sambuchino’s blog. I did, which is how I found the agent who landed me a two-book deal.” [Barbara’s agent is Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates.]
– Barbara Claypole White, author of THE UNFINISHED GARDEN (Harlequin MIRA, 2012)

“Many thanks to the Guide to Literary Agents blog for helping me find my agent [Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management]. If you’re an unpublished author and you’re not reading this blog daily, you should be!”
Lynne Raimondo, author of the debut mystery DANTE’S WOOD (Jan. 2013, Seventh Street Books)

“I’m very familiar with the Guide to Literary Agents Blog—I spent a lot of time there when I was stalking agents! What a fantastic resource you offer to writers. Thank you!”
– Tamara Ireland Stone, author of the young adult novel, TIME BETWEEN US (Hyperion, 2012)

“I read the Guide to Literary Agents Blog when I was looking for an agent! It was a huge help to me, so thanks very much!”
– Jay Kristoff, author of the steampunk novel, STORMDANCER (Thomas Dunne, September 2012)

“I read the GLA Blog a lot back when I was querying agents.”
– Kat Zhang, author of the young adult novel, WHAT’S LEFT OF ME: THE HYBRID CHRONICLES (HarperCollins, 2012)

“I’ve enjoyed your GLA Blog and Twitter for ages. I’d be honored to do a guest post for your blog.”
– Jeanne Ryan, author of the YA thriller, NERVE (Dial, 2012)

“I was so glad to receive your [invitation to write a guest column] – I just happen to be a huge fan of your Guide to Literary Agents Blog.”
A.J. Colucci, author of adult thriller, THE COLONY (Thomas Dunne, 2012)

“Can I squee right now, because seriously I’m absolutely thrilled to be asked to do a column for you?! I’ve been reading your GLA Blog since I started writing!”
– J.A. Sounders, author of the young adult novel, RENEGADE: THE ELYSIUM CHRONICLES #1 (Macmillan, 2012)

“Chuck’s is the reason I landed my thoughtful, supportive agent, Linda Epstein of The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. I didn’t just discover Linda through the Guide to Literary Agents, his blog also taught me how to write a quality query that would catch her eye. Thanks, Chuck! Keep up the great work!”
– Writer Emily Saso

“After you posted Kimberley Shumate [of Living Word Literary] as a new agent, I contacted her and was signed. You’re awesome and I send as many authors to you as I can. Thanks!”
– Writer Jen Corkill Hunt

“I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and when this post about Bree Ogden [now of D4EO Literary] came through my RSS feed, I decided to try querying her with my picture book. Within a week I had signed on as a new client. Thank you for featuring new agents—I never would have found Bree without this column!”
– Writer Joanna Haugen

“Your blog has been enormously helpful! Through your new agent alerts, I connected with Marisa Corvisiero [of Corvisiero Literary], who is now representing my children’s book.”
– Writer Danielle Winston

“I used the GLA blog extensively during my agent search. So helpful, mainly because I knew I could trust what I found on your blog. I knew these agents would most likely be legit – and – the personal interviews with them always helped me personalize my query letters to them. I have an agent now: Steven Chudney [of The Chudney Agency].”
– Writer Traci Borum

“I just wanted to add my thanks to you and your wonderful blog for helping me get Tamar [Rydzinski of Laura Dail Literary Agency] as my agent. Thanks to you, I now have a two-book deal!”
– Writer Nina Berry

“Chuck’s GLA Blog led me to sign with my agent, Paula Munier [of Talcott Notch Literary].”
– Writer Richard Thomas

“I recently signed a writer [Alison Stegert] who came to me via posts from your GLA Blog!”
– Literary Agent Debbie Carter of Muse Literary


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141 thoughts on “40 Damn Good Reasons to Read The Guide to Literary Agents Blog in 2013 (and a Giveaway Contest)

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  2. swinchester

    I really love the GLA book! I’m in the process of finding an agent and I couldn’t do it without GLA. This is will be the year I make my passion since I was 8 years old, come true. These books will help so much. Honestly, anything from Writer’s Digest is a big save from making mistakes!

  3. Theresa Schultz

    I’ve found so much good information on this site. I especially enjoy reading how authors found their agents. That’s where I am right now.

    Many thanks,

  4. since8

    I’m a new reader to your blog, and I love it. I’ve been buying Writer’s Digest books for years, and was first published right after high school. I’m going for an MFA in Creative Writing this fall. I retweeted your tweet, I’m @amynluv.

  5. Robin.Deffendall

    I always find your blog interesting and potentially useful as I near completion of my first draft. I recommend your guide to literary agents to my library customers and I am looking forward to the need for a literary agent soon. @robindeffendall

  6. BookLover2

    I love this blog and I love WD because I get so much wonderful information that has helped me with my first novel. I check out this site on a regular basis and I have learned so much. It’s great to be prepared ahead of time and I know that I can rely on you to steer me in the right direction. Thank you!
    (Twitter: @JenniferLCatz)

  7. ryancoaks

    @RyanCOaks — I love these books. I have the literary agents guide already but one of the others would be very useful as I finish up my first manuscript!

  8. Teresa

    I bought a copy of the 2013 GLA…hooray for WD holiday sales! Love the guides that WD puts out. Have been using them for years.

    Also love your Red Dog/Blue Dog book…well, actually, I loved what I sneaked a peak at. Gave it to my friend for X’mas and she loved it too. 🙂

    I’d RT the giveaway…without edit so I don’t have a unique URL but my account is https://twitter.com/TeresaRobeson and you can see it via the WD tweet RT pull-down menu, of course. https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/287572993587159040

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  9. arieswriter

    You’re kidding – just say one nice thing about Writer’s Digest? Wow, to narrow it all down to one thing is going to be hard. I have subscribed to the magazine for forever- at least 10 years – and have several books from the WD bookstore. Every time I need expert advice, WD is always there for me. But more importantly, is the sense of hope that WD dispenses. There were many times where I wanted to throw in the towel as a writer, but I always came across as saying, a success story, or an article that kept me going. I am happy to report that I am the published author or co-author of no less than five books and several, several articles and am getting ready to release my first YA novella. I seriously could not have accomplished all of that without Writer’s Digest.
    A. M. Adams
    Co-author, The Bathroom Book of Ohio Trivia, Lone Pine Press
    Author of Destined, YA novel to be released February 2013

  10. Kerry Ann Morgan

    Please keep your wonderful advice coming. Your words have been invaluable in helping me craft my query letter and build my platform. I’d love copies of those books. This will be the year!


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  11. CelesteLeon

    I loved Chuck’s recent interview and posting on hiring a freelance editor. I have done so and it ‘s something I wish I had done sooner. Even with critiques groups and if you believe your manuscript is in good shape, it needs a critical make over by a professional. I still can’t believe how much I got out of the process!

  12. dougero1

    Thanks for being a great resource for writers. I already own several of your books and would love to add to my collection. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. kissedbyink

    Thank you for being one of the best resources out there for writers!
    Last year, I used 2012 Guide to Literary Agents to query my very first manuscript. I didn’t get representation; however, I would have been lost without the help!

    I tweeted:) @kissedbyink

  14. skstanaway

    I am in the editing stage, but I still find many things that are helping in your blogs. The information I find is helping me to hopefully carve out a novel from my first draft into one an agent will want to represent. Thank you.

  15. Kelsey Gillespy

    Thanks for this incredible opportunity, Chuck! WD is a small slice of heaven for aspiring writers such as myself and you’ve consistently added to the nirvana — 2,000 times to be exact! Congrats on the milestone.


  16. drdvader21

    Now that I have been forced to speed up my timetable to become a literary author, I am finding this blog and your posts even more helpful. They are helping me to avoid some of the more common pitfalls of young writers in the contemporary market and (I hope!) smoothing the way for me to make the contacts I need. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience!!

  17. Heart2Heart

    At least three damn good reasons to comment:
    I enjoy reading your blog
    I am looking forward to meeting you at the SF Writers Conference
    The free giveaway


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