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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: 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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How I Got My Agent: Debra Ann Pawlak

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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.

Debra Ann Pawlak is the author of Bringing Up Oscar: The Men and Women Who Founded the Academy (Jan. 2011). She writes from southeastern Michigan and has authored a children’s book detailing the life of Bruce Lee. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Writer, Aviation History and
Michigan History Magazine. Read more

How I Got My Agent: David Vann

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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 Vann is the author of Caribou Island (Jan. 2011), a novel about a marriage going wrong in the wilderness of Alaska. His book, Legend of a Suicide, was an international bestseller translated into 13 languages, and was on 40 “Best Books of the Year” lists worldwide, such as the The New Yorker, Book Club and The Times Book Club. He also is the author of the bestselling memoir A Mile Down. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Matthew Gallaway

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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.

Matthew Gallaway is the author of The Metropolis Case (Dec. 2010), a literary novel praised by Entertainment Weekly and called an “enchanting, often funny first novel” by The New York Times. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Laura Spinella

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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.

Laura Spinella’s debut novel is Beautiful Disaster (Jan 2011). The Long Island native is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and now currently writes from Massachusetts, where she lives with her family. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Michael K. Reynolds

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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.

Michael K. Reynolds has several works in progress, including a historical novel trilogy and a couple nonfiction books. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Alma Katsu

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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.

Alma Katsu is the author of The Taker (July 2011), which has been compared to The Historian and Interview With the Vampire—but without vampires. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Jenny Torres Sanchez

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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.

Jenny Torres Sanchez is a YA writer. She writes YA because she taught high school English for several years and her students were some of the coolest, funniest, most interesting people she’s ever met. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Flynn Meaney (and a Free Book Giveaway)

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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.

Flynn Meaney‘s debut YA novel, Bloodthirsty was released in Oct. 2010. She is hard at work on her second contracted book. Read more

How I Got My Agent: B.A. Binns (and a Free Book Giveaway!)

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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.

B.A. Binns is a Chicago Area author who finds writing an exercise in self discipline, and the perfect follow-up to her life as an adoptive parent and cancer survivor. She is a member of RWA, the Chicago Writers Association, SCBWI and YALSA. Pull (Oct. 2010) is her debut YA novel. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Corrine Jackson

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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.

Corrine Jackson is a young adult writer. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of two literary magazines, including Statement (CSU, Los Angeles) and Dash (CSU, Fullerton). Read more

How I Got My Agent: Josh Vogt

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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.

Josh Vogt is currently working with Scott Hoffman of Folio Literary to get his urban fantasy novel, Enter the Janitor, on the shelves. He also covers SF&F news, book reviews and author interviews at the Speculative Fiction Examiner.
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How I Got My Agent: Dawn Kurtagich

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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.

Dawn Kurtagich is a young adult and adult writer and can be found all over the Internet. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Lynn Rush

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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.

Lynn Rush began her writing career in 2008, since then producing fourteen paranormal romance novels. She is actively involved with Romance Writers of America (RWA) and its special interest chapter Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FF&P). Read more

How I Got My Literary Agent: Kathleen Mulroy

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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.

Kathleen Mulroy is a freelance writer whose credits include a historical Christian romance, The Silver and the Cross. Her second book, Violet Victorious, is available on Kindle and through lulu.com. Her third book in her series, set in turn-of-the-century northern Idaho is tentatively called Into the Fire. She’s also writing a paranormal romance and a YA fantasy. Read more

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