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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 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

How I Got My Agent: Rune Michaels

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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.

Rune Michaels is the author of Nobel Genes, (Aug. 2010, Athaneum) as well as The Reminder and Genesis Alpha. She lives in Reykjavik, Iceland with her family. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Nikki Katz

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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.

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

How I Got My Agent: Corinne Bowen

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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.

Corinne Bowen is a writer and the editor-in-chief of Crazysexylife.com, a wellness website and blog. She writes magazine articles and novels. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Kirsten Rice

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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.

Kirsten Rice is a college student and aspiring novelist. When not writing, she splits her time between Seattle summers and California school-years, drinking iced tall caramel macchiatos, and “studying” on the beach. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Deborah Blake

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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.

Deborah Blake is the author of Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative: Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2008) as well as Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and Witchcraft on a Shoestring (Sept. 2010). She has published numerous articles. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Katie Lee

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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.

Katie Lee is a writer of romance. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Miriam Gershow

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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.

Miriam Gershow is a novelist, short story writer and teacher. Her debut novel, The Local News (Spiegel & Grau), was called “deftly heartbreaking” by The New York Times, and “an accomplished debut” (Publisher’s Weekly). Read more

How I Got My Agent: Cicily Janus

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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.

Cicily Janus is the author of The New Face of Jazz (Random House, July 2010), which Grammy-winner Wynton Marsalis called “probably one of the most important books on jazz to date.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Teddy Wayne

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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.

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novel Kapitoil (Harper Perennial, 2010). He is a graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing. The recipient of a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Kevin Sheridan

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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.

Kevin Sheridan is an author of screenplays, short stories, middle grade fiction, picture books and young adult non-fiction. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Sandy James

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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.

Sandy James’ first book, Turning Thirty-Twelve was released in 2009. She has also written four books in her “Damaged Heroes” series for BookStrand. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Boyd Morrison

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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.

Boyd Morrison’s novel The Ark was released in May 2010. The novel was chosen as an Indie Next notable pick by the American Booksellers Association and has sold in 18 foreign markets. Boyd’s next book is Rogue Wave (Dec. 2010). Read more

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