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How I Got My Agent Columns

How to find a literary agent — hear stories from published authors as to how they came to sign with their agents.

How I Got My Agent: David Kazzie

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“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. To see the previous installments of this column, click here. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

David Kazzie’s debut novel, The Jackpot, is now available as an eBook at Amazon.com, BN.com and through Smashwords.com. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Jude Hardin

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“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. To see the previous installments of this column, click here. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Jude Hardin is the author of Pocket-47, a book that Tess Gerritsen says “keeps the pace frantic and the thrills non-stop.” Jude writes hardboiled detective novels—lean, clean, and bluesy, with dashes of cynicism and wry humor. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Holly LeCraw

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“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. To see the previous installments of this column, click here. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Holly LeCraw’s first novel, The Swimming Pool, was a Kirkus Top Debut of 2010 and was named a “Best Book of Summer” by The Daily Beast and Good Morning America. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Frankie Mallis

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“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. To see the previous installments of this column, click here. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Frankie Diane Mallis is a young adult writer who blogs frequently at Frankie Writes and with The First Novels Club. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Diana Spechler

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Diana Spechler is the author of Skinny (Harper, April 2011), which Target chose as a recommended reading title for the summer. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Anita Clenney

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Anita Clenney spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil and Destined Love. Her latest book is Awaken the Highland Warrior, a book the Romantic Times Book Reviews called “A romantic adventure that’s hard to resist.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: David Halperin

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

David Halperin was once a teenage UFO investigator. Later he became professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill—his specialty, religious traditions of heavenly ascent. Journal of a UFO Investigator (Viking Press, Feb. 2011) is his first novel. Read more

How I Got My Agent: K.M. Ruiz

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

K.M. Ruiz debut sci-fi novel is Mind Storm (May 2011), a post-apocalyptic story that the New York Journal of Books called “…not only the beginning of an exciting new series, but heralds the debut of a notable new voice in the sci-fi genre.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Stephanie Barden

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Stephanie Barden is the author of Cinderella Smith (April 2011; HarperCollins), a middle grade novel. Stephanie’s new take on Cinderella story has sequels coming out in 2012 and 2013. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Allan Woodrow

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Allan Woodrow’s debut novel, The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless was published by HarperCollins Children’s in 2011, with additional Adventures launching every six months. His literary agent is Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Paul Elwork

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Paul Elwork’s novel, The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead (Amy Einhorn Books, March 2011), is available now. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, said “Elwork’s first novel poignantly depicts the desperate need of people to believe in life after death … it will haunt readers long after they put the book down.” Read more

How I Found My Agent: Susan Pohlman

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Susan Pohlman is author of the travel memoir Halfway to Each Other: How a Year In Italy Brought Our Family Home, winner of the relationships category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Good Housekeeping called the book “a remarkable story.” Susan is also the writer of three award-winning short films, and a magazine freelancer. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Robert Weintraub

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Robert Weintraub wrote The House That Ruth Built (April 2011, Little Brown), a book that examines the 1923 Yankees; it’s a story Library Journal said all baseball lovers would enjoy. Robert is also a sports columnist for Slate and has written for ESPN.com, Play, the Guardian, Football Outsiders, and many other publications. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Mary Glickman

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Mary Glickman is the author of Home in the Morning (Open Road Books; Nov. 2010; print and ebook), a story of four interwoven lives in Mississippi, from the 50s to the 90s. Mary has won a finalist award from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and is also a freelance writer. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Stacy Pershall

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Stacy Pershall, holds a MFA degree in electronic art from the University of Cincinnati. Her memoir, Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl (2011; Norton) was chosen for the Barnes and Noble spring 2011 Discover Great New Writers program. Booklist called the memoir an “electrifying account … one whirlwind ride.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Lisa and Laura Roecker

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a love of all things young adult. Their first novel, The Liar Society (Sourcebooks Fire) was released in March 2011. Kirkus said this of the book: “The authors create lively and memorable characters and keep the action moving in their whodunit.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Taylor Stevens

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Taylor Stevens is the author of The Informationist, a debut Publishers Weekly called “blazingly brilliant” in a starred review. Taylor was born into the Children of God, an apocalyptic religious cult. Raised across the globe and separated from her family at age 12, Taylor broke free to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Barry Lyga

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Barry Lyga is the author of nine books, including his newest, Goth Girl Rising (Jan. 2011), a YA book that Booklist said “has a forceful voice that will stay with readers.” His breakout book, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2007) got a starred review from School Library Journal. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Cori Doerrfeld

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Cori Doerrfeld is an author/illustrator. She has illustrated two books by actress Brooke Shields (Harper Collins), as well as two books by EliseBroach (Little, Brown). Cori is excited about the release of the first picture book she has written herself, Penny Loves Pink (Little Brown, Jan. 2011), which Library Journals called, “A sweet, satisfying story… The illustrations are bright and lively.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Roz Morris

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Roz Morris is a novelist and the author of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence (which is also available on the Kindle). Roz is the ghostwriter of 11 novels, eight of them bestsellers. She is now coming out from under the sheet with novels of her own. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Jami Attenberg

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Jami Attenberg is the author of The Melting Season, which was published in paperback in Jan. 2011 by Riverhead. Booklist said of the novel: Jami “enders poignant prose and portrays the desperate behavior of her characters with verve.” She is also the author of the novels Instant Love (2007) and TheKept Man (2009). Read more

How I Got My Agent: Sophia Bennett

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Sophia Bennett is the author of Sequins, Secrets and Silver Linings, (Jan 2011 US release). It is her debut novel, the first book in a trilogy, and has sold to 13 countries. The other books in the series are Beads, Boys & Bangles and Sequins, Stars & Spotlights. She lives in London with her family, where she is working on her fourth book and planning her fifth. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Ashlyn Chase

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Ashlyn Chase is the author of The Werewolf Upstairs (Feb. 2011, Sourcebooks). She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic romances. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Alison Espach

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Alison Espach‘s debut novel is The Adults (Feb. 2011, Scribner), a story People called “one great book …smart,” while Publishers Weekly said “Espach perfects the snarky, post-ironic deadpan of the 1990s and teenagers everywhere.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Don J. Rearden

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Don Rearden teaches English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His debut novel is The Raven’s Gift (Penguin Canada, Jan. 2011), a story Jodi Picoult called “a read that opens our eyes and finds the fault lines of a heart in one breathless sitting.”
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