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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.



The biggest literary agent database anywhere
is the Guide to Literary Agents. Pick up the
most recent updated edition online at a discount.


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:

Comment below for your chance to win! Just say anything nice about any website, blog or product that comes from WD. By the way, if you share this contest via Twitter and include your handle below for me to check that you did, you get not only one entry in the contest, but three! So spread the word via Twitter. (If you have any issues commenting, you can always email a comment to me at literaryagent at fwmedia.com, but commenting below is preferred.)

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)

  1. Patricia A. Hawkenson

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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

    Thanks bunches! (and thank you to your tech staff for fixing the blog comment glitches)

  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!


    Tweeted by @vinobaby1

  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

  18. creativecretia

    Dear Chuck:


    Thank you for the opportunity to enter into your contest. I’m not picky but sure could use the book on creating your writer platform as I need knowledge on how to market my recently published poetry book “Once Upon A Life, In Time, In Spirit, And Flesh”. I love your blog and appreciate the education you provide to the aspiring and professional writer.

    Congratulations in advance to the winner(s) of your choice.

    P.S. I love your blog!

  19. Judi

    Congratulations on your 2000 posts and best wishes on doubling that soon.

    I never come to your site, read and leave. Your “you may also be interested in” section always leads me to so many more posts and websites that also have information I need. I just finished my first novel and am starting to edit it. Don’t know when to start looking for an agent, but hopefully will find that in one of your columns also. I have your “Formatting Your Manuscript” and have found it very helpful.
    a brand-new blog

  20. cath

    I NEED that Literary agent book–or the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Markets, I’m not that picky. (They’re both great books and your blog, too. Which is why I tweeted your giveaway @cathychall)

  21. jessicawood157

    As I enter “retirement”, and therefore get to do what I really enjoy, which is writing for my pleasure and exploration instead of writing purely for work-related stuff, I realize that finding an agent or even a publisher is not really an issue. But finding one who is on the same wavelength as I am, and who really enjoys his/her work, will be that much easier with the articles and short, very helpful blurbs in your various publications listing current and functioning literary agents and publishers—it’s a terrific help! Owning an e-book version of your 2013 Guide to Literary Agents would be absolutely wonderful.

  22. OkieWriter

    I have been such a slacker for the last couple of years in getting a writing career started. I am in great hopes that 2013 is the year!! I am soaking up information, webinars, manuscripts, and writing prompts like a sponge. Receiving ANY of your books would be frosting on the cake!! Thank you.

  23. juliette19

    I consider you the expert on agent-finding, which makes the blog worth reading for anyone seeking traditional publication. I’m querying for the first time now and your blog and Twitter feed have been super useful, thanks for all you do! I retweeted this using @CaTiff19. Thanks again!

  24. Caycel

    I’m going to start querying agents this year so I’m glad I’ve been following your blog. I feel much more prepared. I was wondering why you don’t mention the Backspace Conference in NY?

  25. reclarkjr

    My devotional book, Glasses in the Grass, was released in May 2012. My devotional is the only devotional on the market that has QR codes embedded on each page. Readers are taken via a free app to a website that gives them a full Bible study based on that day’s devotional text.

    Excited that I have crossed the 1200 mark in sales! Hooray! Would love a few good books that would help me reach the next level.

    My second devotional is 75% complete. I am hoping to have it ready for publication by mid-summer 2013. It will also be filled with QR Codes.

    My daily blog may be read at: .

  26. JohnT

    I’ve been working on a horror novel (my first ever), for pretty much a year. I’m hoping to get the first draft done this year (on chapter 11). I’m thinking books might help me!

  27. khess


    You actually have several more good reasons to read your blog. For your readers, you’ve cleverly associated some valuable content with yours. For example, the Free Writing Downloads (right sidebar near the top of the page) and a huge list of resources in the Blogroll (along the right-hand side of the page). Additionally, there’s the links to the many Writing Workshops listed under the Free Writing Downloads sidebar. Thanks, Chuck. Your blog plus the other assets on the site make this a definite day starting point for me.

  28. Sandgrounder

    This year, 2013, is going to be My Year–My Successful Year–so I will be checking this blog even more often than I do now. Therefore I would love to have one of your books–I need one of your books…

  29. dlock

    Your posts and articles give me a lot of ideas, and I share them with members of my writing group.
    I am writing a series of Middle Grade stories, Lighthouse adventures – first one is “Riddle of the Great Seal.” Twelve-year old Chloe and ten-year old Kendall spent their summer break exploring caves near Carpenters’ Wharf in Philadelphia, Penn. Chloe finds a link to her family’s history that goes back to the King of England. Kendall finds a friend. Pirates, gold, and secret documents…
    Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript book would be great!

  30. RebeccaSt.James

    I just finished my first novel (last week!) and registered at writersdigest.com (today!), so that means I’m ready to win a copy of of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents (next week!).

  31. crystalm1984

    I really enjoy your newsletters. They are very informative. I really hope to be able to publish one of my books and can use any help available.

    Crystal Michels

  32. ester shifren

    I follow all your posts and links and sometimes spend so many hours reading I neglect other things I should be taking care of! Thank you so much for sharing the heaps of valuable information and pointers we writers depend on. Good luck with all your own endeavors.

  33. jeanne42

    Writer’s Digest magazine, website, and blogs are my go-to resource for all things related to writing. Thank you for your ongoing support and your giveaways!

    Jeanne Moran

  34. Ev

    I’ve found your blog very helpful. Thank you for all you share. Since I write for children I’d love to win your Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Markets book. It’s a terrific resource!

  35. thewritepursuit

    Have a bookcase worth of books on writing (I’m not THAT hard up for advice, books are just a compulsion for me) and there are many selections from WD that rank among my favorites. Could always do with one more added to my ‘to be read’ pile.

  36. rudebug

    I love reading these blogs and articles to see that there are people out there and hope! I try to keep a list of some of the appropriate agents. I hope this will help shortly as I am preparing to jump in! Thanks Chuck!

  37. Tom Bentley

    Chuck, since I’m on the hunt for an agent for a new novel right now, your timely tome will be just the ticket. (And I’m doubly grateful that you’ve fixed the commenting problems.) I tweeted it from bentguy1. Thanks for all the ways you help writers.

  38. n810smom

    I check out this site daily and actually managed to finish a rough draft of my first story, now i’m back for tips on making it better and submit-worthy. thank you for the quality articles and tips

  39. ADerosby

    Dear Chuck

    I absolutely love the articles. It has helped me find many good agents to research. Keep it up through 2013.

    Alan Derosby
    author of “Daddy and Baby-Monster Hunters”

  40. MissyMcKee

    Just signed up for the newsletter. I’ve been following @writersdigest on Twittter. I love the features on new agents looking for clients! I feel more confident knowing that the agent is actively looking for authors.

  41. Melissa Englesberg

    I am just embarking on the journey to find an agent and your blog is full of information and ideas. Hopefully, I will join the ranks of the published in 2013.

    tweeting @msenglesberg

  42. drjules

    I write mostly nonfiction, but find a lot of useful info in the articles that are about fiction can apply to nonfiction.
    Thanks for top-notch work WD. I recommend you to all my writing friends!

  43. PDelupio

    I must say, as an aspiring author, I’ve come to value your posts on introducing new agents. I’ve been able to be a part of your free webinars and visit often to see the upcoming list of more I’d like to attend. Thank you for all your great information and help! Oh and I also retweeted this link :) you can see it via my twitter @PammyProse Happy New Year!!

  44. writeaskew

    Wow. What a fantastic site! I can already tell I need to bookmark it because I’m going to be living in the articles for the foreseeable future.

    Thanks for providing a great resource for aspiring authors!

    WriteAskew @WriteAskew

  45. amandamarieg

    I didn’t even know where to begin when I recently finished writing my book, and this website has helped put me on the right path. Thank you for the helpful articles!
    I follow Writer’s Digest on Twitter as well, and love reading the links that are posted! @amandamarieg

  46. lisatjoyslin

    Thank you for all the great insights and products you offer! I recently purchased the 2013 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market and am finding it extremely helpful. I also appreciate this blog and the way it helps writers better understand the world of literary agents.

  47. CKnoxWrites

    As a girl who’s putting the final polishing touches on her first novel and getting ready to submit to agents for the first time, your blog is invaluable in helping me put my best foot forward. Thank you so much. And I look forward to reading all year long!


  48. enchanted

    Love the blog! But the post “The Importance of Being (Slightly) Arrogant as a Writer” really struck a chord. It’s been a long road, and an especially difficult year. I’d already decided 2013 is the year I summon the courage to start querying agents, but that post really motivated me to do it! Have Happy New Year!

  49. kinrrataiyath

    These blogs are fantastic. I come to the WD site every day hoping to find something new. Even if I don’t, I know there are tons of old blogs to go through that will give me wonderful advice and tips. My novel wouldn’t be near as far along as it is without the help of WD.

  50. Samina

    More opportunities to gain knowledge and advice on becoming a better writer. Thank you, a lot of the blog posts you write have helped me write better stories. I have also learned more about what the industry is looking for in their writes, as in drafting manuscripts, how to write cover letters for publishing companies.
    I have subscribed to the newsletter and it always keeps me coming to Writers Digest. Thank you again.

  51. rjcresswell

    I own, and have read, several books from Writer’s Digest, but I would love to own more. Anyway, I especially enjoyed On Writing Horror.


  52. rjcresswell

    I own several, and have read, several books from Writer’s Digest, but I’d love to own more. Anyway, I especially enjoyed On Writing Horror.


  53. arrissa

    I’ve heard of Writer’s Digest but never thought of exploring it online. I’m so excited that I did! I love reading works by new authors- practically obsessed.

  54. janflora

    Congrats on 2000 posts and Happy New Year!! So nice to see all the success stories. I have been checking in for years to learn about agents and publishing, but definitely planning on being here more in 2013! It’s a Lucky one! I can feel it :) Write on, y’all @janflora

  55. aguilarrn1

    As a new writer having just finished my first novel, I’ve found the website incredibly helpful in learning about the business of getting published. I so look forward to reading the blog for key info, helpful hints and LOTS of encouragement. Keep ‘em coming.

  56. denisecannon394

    I am new to your blog and the whole literary process. I will read it religiously now that I know Veronica Roth reads this site and it helped her. I love her books. I have written my first childrens picture book and have the illustrations, so now I need an agent. Thanks, I look forward to 2013.

  57. nkaur

    Thank you for sharing so much with us, especially aspiring writers. The Guide to Literary Agents blog has been a bible of sorts as well as a source of encouragement during down times.

  58. michelle615

    I’m in the final editing stages of my first novel and can’t wait to finally be able to put all these tips and advice to good use! Thanks for all your helpful and informative posts!

  59. whiteheart1080

    I have to say that between the emails and previous editions of the Agents Guide it has given me a lot of good information to jump start the process of looking for my agent as I work on the 2nd draft of my novel. Thanks for all the help!

  60. romancegirl

    Still trying to find an agent to facilitate the publishing process. Love your postings of new agents looking for clients. Hope one will finally pan out in my favor. Love all the books, etc. I have bought from Writer’s Digest and would love to add a few more [free] ones to the growing pile.

  61. vrundell

    Read this blog all the time–and I send my critique partners here, too! This year our group gave WD subscriptions as Christmas presents to ourselves…a wise investment, as are the interviews and New Agent alerts. I’m terribly glad to see that many quotes from published authors mentioned “stalking” here.
    I am not alone!

  62. Tammy Denton

    Can’t wait to be published in 2013! I’ve always said that if I survived the Mayan Apocalypse that I would have to get serious about something. That something is my writing! It’s time to break out into the world of fiction! I’m thinking positive thoughts and embracing the future.

    Help me out, Chuck!

  63. Chris

    Chuck, I’ve been reading your blog for the past two years and 2013 is the year I’m hoping to use what I’ve learned to connect with the person who will become my agent. I get excited every time you post a new-agent alert and have been gleaning great advice from your blog and guests. Thanks, and keep up the great job.

  64. Mrs. Hill

    I’ve been following this blog for a few months and always share with others in or writers group. We’ve been blessed by the information you provide. It’s my job to create our newsletter and keep everyone not only up to date, provide opportunities and other helps but to keep everyone writing regu larly. I love what I do and thank you for your part too. I also shared via twitter… @PaulaDHill

  65. KristenH

    I would love to win the books. I’ve been a fan of Chuck’s blog and GLA for a couple of years. Once upon a time, I contributed some bits a few years ago. And now I’m closer to land an agent in 2013 and would share my future success story on the blog. But this would be a real treat.

  66. cathylo

    I so need these books…2013 is the year I plan to get published! I’m nearing the end of my novel, and am looking forward to starting the querying process!

  67. samcarter46

    I enjoy reading this e-newsletter and Writer’s Digest magazine–both fantastic for new writers. I know I would enjoy one of your books too. Please enter me.

    And here is my Twitter handle: @AlisaRussellAL

  68. justhowitsounds30

    I am new to the site and blog, but it sounds like you’ve done a lot to help people get a platform for their writing. I want to write with more frequency, more content and more creativity in 2013. I think your blog will aid me.
    Happy New Year!
    Twitter: @legalitynate

  69. LeeMandel

    I get this e-newsletter every day, and every day there is a good piece of advice or means to help me as a writer. I look forward to it. Please enter me in to win any of the books for this contests. And thank you for the daily encouragement and good information.

    Lee Mandel