Memoir

New Agent Alert: George Bick of the Doug Grad Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. He is...

Agent Advice: Byrd Leavell of Waxman Literary Agency

his installment features Byrd Leavell of Waxman Literary Agency. Byrd began his career at Carlisle & Company and then served as an agent at InkWell Management and Venture Literary. He is looking for: General fiction, Mystery, Reference, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Health, Travel, Sports, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Pop-culture.

Agent Advice: Michelle Humphrey of Sterling Lord Literistic

This installment features Michelle Humphrey of ICM. As an assistant for the Renee Zuckerbrot Agency and then Anderson Literary, she's worked with such authors as Kelly Link, Amy Ryan, Barry Lyga, and Helen Benedict. Prior to agencies, her gigs have included English Teacher, Proofreader, and Freelance Book Reviewer; her reviews have...

Agent Advice: Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management

This installment features Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management in Manhattan. Diane has been in the book publishing field her entire career, and with FinePrint since 2006. She owned and managed an independent publishing services company, edited reference books for U.S. News & World Report, and has coordinated book promotional campaigns...

How I Got My Agent: Carrie Wilson Link

"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,...

Questions About Writing Memoir…

Q. I’m a first time author, and have written a memoir about my autistic  son.  How important is having a platform for a memoir?  I keep  hearing that memoir is treated like fiction.  I’m wondering if my query letter might be the reason for rejections.  I’m getting no response.  Can I...

Agent Advice: Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich

This installment features Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich. Jim interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University. Seeking: "literary and commercial works. He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also...

You've Got a Memoir – What Now?

Q. I have a completed draft of a nonfiction book.   It is, I think, a memoir.   My question is this: who do I look for?  I’m thinking that it might be in the memoir list of agents, but some might not want to deal with me.   I don’t know of any...

Is It Nonfiction or Fiction or Memoir or … ?

Q. I want to write a story about my life (very unusual circumstances), but I can’t completely recall all the details with regard to signifigant events: What day was my son taken away from me?  What day did my daughter’s father tell me he was arrested by the organized crime unit...

Is It Truth or Fiction?

Q. I’m sorry to bother you, but I would like to ask you a question. I have just finished writing a book about [true events in the U.S. in] 1948. The facts are accurate; however, I did use fiction to fill in between the actual events. How do I determine whether...

On Writing Memoir and Agents…

I spent much of these past few weeks on vacation, but now I’m finally back in the office, plugging away on projects and glancing through the brand new 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, which will be available nationwide soon. One of the projects I’ve spent several nights on recently is freelance...

New Agency Alert: Straus Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agencies are golden opportunities for new writers because they're likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you're just wasting time and postage. Nonfiction areas...

Agent Advice: Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management

his installment features Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management (formerly of Wendy Sherman Associates). Michelle has been with Wendy Sherman Associates since 2004, and has also previously worked with Joelle Delbourgo Associates. She enjoys working directly with emerging writers. She is seeking: literary and commercial fiction, YA, memoir, pop culture, humor,...

Talking Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

Q. What’s the difference between memoir and narrative nonfiction? Aren’t they the same thing? A. Memoir is when someone writes about their own life.  Narrative nonfiction is when someone writes about the lives of others.      Both of these categories are notable because they blur the line between fiction and nonfiction.  Narrative nonfiction...

Agent Advice: Debbie Carter of Muse Literary Management

This installment features literary agent Debbie Carter of Muse Literary Management. Prior to starting her own agency in 1998, she worked for a literary agent, a talent manager, and in the record business as a talent scout. She has a BA in English and music from Washington Square University College at...

Recommended Life Stories and Memoirs to Read

As author Bob Mayer wisely put it, writers’ first books tend to be blood-lettings. What that means is writers compose stories about their own lives (memoirs or life stories) – for catharsis, or to just tell their story because they need to tell it. Month by month, I continue to see that...