2011 Guide to Literary Agents is Out!

The book is finally out and available in major bookstores!

The new 2011 edition of Guide to Literary Agents has more than 20 brand new literary agencies never before listed in the book. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 20 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 250,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you.

Buy it here! When you order it online from our WD shop, you get the same deep discount you find on Amazon. Need more reason to buy? How about some testimonials from these very cool people:

18 Great Reasons to Buy the

2011 Guide to Literary Agents

1. Marisha Chamberlain, The Rose Variations (Soho):

Guide to Literary Agents
oriented me, the lowly first-time novelist, embarking on an agent
search. The articles and the listings gave insight into the world of
literary agents that allowed me to comport myself professionally and to
persist. And I did find a terrific agent.”
Eugenia Kim, The Calligrapher’s Daughter (Holt)

“After so many years working on the novel, the relative speed of
creating the query package prodded the impetus to send it out. As a
fail-safe measure, I bought the Guide to Literary Agents and checked who might be a good fit for my novel…”


3. Eve Brown-Waite, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria (Broadway)

“I bought the Guide To Literary Agents … and came across Laney
Katz Becker. So I sent off a very funny query. On March 15, 2007, Laney
called. ‘I love your book,’ she said. ‘I’d like to represent you.’
Three and a half months (and several proposal revisions) later, Laney
sold my book—at auction—in a six-figure deal.”

4. Mara Purnhagen, Tagged (Harlequin Teen)

“I trusted the Guide to Literary Agents to provide solid, up-to-date information to help me with the process. I now have a wonderful agent and a four-book deal.”


5. Richard Harvell, The Bells (Crown)

Guide to Literary Agents contains a wealth of information and good advice, and was crucial in my successful search for an agent. I found a great agent and my book has now sold in 11 territories and counting.”

6. Patrick Lee, The Breach (Harper)

“The Guide to Literary Agents has all the info you need for narrowing down a list of agencies to query.”


7. Karen Dionne, Freezing Point and Boiling Point (Jove)

“I’m smiling as I type this, because I actually
got my agent via the Guide to Literary Agents. I certainly never dreamed
that I’d tell my [success] story in the same publication!”

8. Heather Newton, Under the Mercy Trees (Harper Paperbacks)

“I’d definitely be interested in guest posting
especially since I
found my literary agent through the Guide to Literary Agents!”


9. Michael Wiley, The Last Striptease and The Bad Kitty Lounge (Minotaur)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was very useful to me when I was getting started. I always recommend GLA to writers.”

10. Les Edgerton, Hooked and 9 more books

“Just signed with literary agent Chip MacGregor and I came upon him through the Guide to Literary Agents. If not for GLA, I’d probably still be looking.”


Jennifer Cervantes, Tortilla Sun (Chronicle)

“Within 10 days of initial submission, I found an energetic and amazing agent—and it’s all thanks to GLA.”

12. Carson Morton, Stealing Mona Lisa (Aug. 2011; St. Martin’s / Minotaur)

“I wanted to thank you for the Guide to Literary Agents. After contacting 16 literary agencies, number 17 requested the full manuscript of my historical novel. Within a few weeks, they offered to represent me. Hard work, perseverance, and good, solid, accurate information makes all the difference. Thanks again.”


13. Darien Gee, author of Friendship Bread: A Novel (April 2011; Ballantine Books)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was an indispensable tool for me when I was querying agents. I highly recommend it for any aspiring author—in addition to a comprehensive listing of literary agents, it contains valuable information about the query and submission process.”

14. Stephanie Barden, author of Cinderella Smith (April 2011; HarperCollins)

“When I felt my middle grade chapter book was finally ready for eyes other than mine to see it, I got some terrific advice: Go buy the Guide to Literary Agents. By the time I was through with it, it looked like it had gone to battle – it was battered and dog eared and highlighted and Post-It Noted. But it was victorious; I had an agent. Huge thanks, GLA – I couldn’t have done it without you!”


15. Lexi George, author of Demon Hunting in Dixie (April 2011; Brava)

“I positively haunted GLA on the road to publication. The Guide to Literary Agents is an invaluable resource for writers, whether you’re published or unpublished.”

16. Bill Peschel, author of Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature’s Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes (Perigee)

“The Guide to Literary Agents gave me everything I needed to sell Writers Gone Wild. It was the personal assistant who found me the right agents to pitch, the publicist who suggested conferences to attend, and the trusted adviser who helped me negotiate the path to publication.”


17. Laura Griffin, author of Unforgivable and eight other romantic suspense novels.

“Writing the book is only the first step. Then it’s time to find a
home for it. The
Guide to Literary Agents is filled with practical
advice about how to contact literary agents who can help you market
your work.”

18. Derek Taylor Kent (a.k.a. Derek the Ghost), author of Scary School

“The Guide to Literary Agents was absolutely instrumental to my getting an agent and subsequent three-book deal with HarperCollins.”


Buy the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents here!

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96 thoughts on “2011 Guide to Literary Agents is Out!

  1. Joan Sween

    Whoa! If I had to sacrifice and give up all my writing resources except one, the last one standing would be Chuck’s blog. I subscribe to "Writer’s Digest Magazine" and that’s pretty awesome, too, but the blog is the best. First of all, it’s something every single day. Second, it’s a variety. Third (and this is a biggie) it’s tied to the market–right now, today. I carefully read even the posts that seemingly do not directly relate to my creative efforts, because always, always, there’s a nugget, three little words, a glimmer of philosophy, a glancing thought, that goes "pow!" right smack into what I am working at (becoming a better writer), and I say to myself, "Holy Cabooses, I learn something new every day." Joan Sween

  2. PK Hrezo

    I devour GLA posts and emails each time they come out. Everything in my house stops for me to read. I’ve queried many agents on the advice of your "golden opportunities." And although I haven’t had any luck yet, I know from your "How I got My Agent" pieces that there’s always hope.

    I’ve had a link to your blog on my blogroll for awhile now. I love supporting my fellow writers!


  3. Rachelyne

    I am very new to this. I think I am getting lucky because I found this place by the search engine today. I found out Writer’s Digest is the No. 1 resource for writing better and getting published. They have already inspired me. I have not written in quite sometime and today I was writing and writing. Thank you WD. If I win "Guide to Literary Agents", I know for sure my father is sending me a message to stop procrastinating and finish what he had started and Publish his memoir of Jewish life in Iran, that he called Digest diary of father and daughter.

  4. Amber Hunter

    Sorry if this is a duplicate post! My initial comment is not showing here for some reason.

    I most enjoy reading the WD blogs. One of my favorite segments was presented a couple of weeks ago on query letters. It really provided some insight as to what grabs the editor’s (or agent’s) attention when reviewing a query letter. Hope to put this advice to practice sometime soon!

    The Guide to Literary Agents can be found on my blogroll at http://www.webliterate.com

  5. Jessica (Jess) Ferguson

    What’s NOT to love about WD? I’ve been a subscriber off and on for 100 years. And before that, as a teen, I’d go to the city library to read it. I’m still quoting wisdom from Judson Jerome’s column. :) When I say I’ve subscribed off and on–that means, I’d get mad when I saw the new issue on the stands but NOT in my mailbox so i wouldn’t renew, deciding to buy it when it hit the stands. Invariably, I’d miss an issue so then I’d subscribe again. Many times I end up with two copies of the same issue but that’s ok. At least I’m staying abreast of the latest, huh?

    I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of GLA.

  6. Stephanie Cain

    I’d love to win this! I have the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, but I’m really just about ready to shop my novel around and I’d rather start with an agent than an editor.

    1. I LOVE this blog. Reading this helps keep my motivation up and gives me such great tips on where to look and who to look at for representation!

    2. My blog with link is here: http://stephaniecain.wordpress.com/ though sadly the blog is often neglected.

  7. Heba Helmy

    I love everything WD! Everything about the magazine rocks – from the story promts, to the latest news in the publishing world, to the inspirational ‘keep writing’ tips and tricks. With all the info out there, WD is the best, first and last source writers need. And as I look to putting out a novel (and seek out the perfect agent to represent it), this guide and blog will be my go to source. Thanks so much for all that you do!!!


  8. Brandi Ballard

    I received a gift subscription to WD magazine for my birthday last year. I can’t say one specific thing I like about the magazine. In each issue there are always numerous helpful articles. I guess if I had to pick one, it would be the author interviews. Particularly, finding out how they work.

    My blog is http://writerlyhabit.wordpress.com/. You’re on my blogroll. :)

  9. Lisahgolden

    I finally came out of lurk mode because I want this book! I know, how craven! While I’m here, I should thank you for all the wonderful information you share. I read every post and have many bookmarked for future reference. Thank you.

  10. Sharon Kirk Clifton

    When I first began my blog and learned that I could provide a list of other favorites blogs and sites, I included a link to this page. I subscribe to WRITER’S DIGEST, of course, buy many of the book club selections–which I refer to constantly–and daily read this blog. I find the interviews with new agents especially useful.

    I’m on a journey to find an agent, so winning this book would be very helpful.

  11. Constance Lombardo

    I love this blog! Thanks for all the helpful information. Of course, I’d love to win the new book!

    I subscribe to WD magazine and generally read it cover to cover. I get so much out of it; I like the interviews with writers, editors and agents. But I think my favorite part is the debut authors— that gives hope to those of us who are almost there:)

  12. Christi

    Agents are the most important relationship you can forge as a creative artist. You can divorce an undesirable spouse but an agent is there as long as your creative work lives. I believe the copywrite is 50 years after you die. Yikes, talk about commitment.

    I would appreciate winning the guide because I’m desperate to find the perfect match.

    Thank you.

  13. June Goodwin

    Oh my goodness. What’s not to love about WD. My first writer’s conference ever was the WD one last year in NY. I check this blog daily and you can see that by going to my site and checking my blogroll at http://writingisablessing.blogspot.com

    I bought my two Donald Maass books from you guys as well as Hooked and a number of others I can’t even recall at the moment. I have at least three of your other "Market Guide" books. It just goes on. The one I don’t have is the one specifically about agents. Would love to get it though. I’m hopeful! Thanks.

    june (at) writingisablessing (dot) com

  14. Megan Lentz

    I love the useful information on the GLA blog. Regardless of genre or how far along a person is in their writing career, there’s something for everyone. A must read for anyone serious about writing!

  15. Monnrella

    I love the magazine! It’s so absorbing and each issues packs tons of information. I tear out the articles that pertain to me and file them away for later reference. Writer’s Digest understands me. Love it!!!

  16. Amber Hunter

    One thing I love about WD is the sheer amount of information they provide for aspiring writers on the blogs (including this one). I’ve learned more reading the blogs in the past few months than I have from any of the other books I’ve read on writing and getting published, and appreciate the frequent facebook updates when new blogs are published. Sorry, but further praise will have to be reserved for my blog where I plan on featuring WD as a resource for aspiring writers. This blog can be found on my blogroll at Webliterate.Com.

  17. marcy

    would I like to win? You betcha :)

    Being a subscriber to WD magazine (I just got my latest copy, yee ha!) I’ve found it and many other WD products to be invaluable. And yes, this wonderful blog is listed under blogs I follow so that anyone who views my blog can easily click on the link.

  18. Jo Lawler

    Ooo, ooo, pick me, pick me! [dances around with hand in the air like a kindergartener]

    I love the weekly Writer’s Digest eNewsletters for quick how-to and writing tips that I get there. Of course, I read this blog pretty much every day – and see, it’s on my blogroll:


    Have one finished novel being queried about, and one WIP that will be ready by the end of the year. So, I really, really need all the help I can get.

  19. Heather Kephart

    Ooh, most eeexcellent! Wringing my hands together here. I love love love this blog. I read it all the time and soak up all the "inside" information that will hopefully come in handy someday. I actually had you listed in my blogroll twice at Kidlit Writer (http://kidlitwriter.blogspot.com/). Glad to have that fixed!

    I attended Tracey Dils’s WD Webinar as mentioned in my "About Me" section: http://kidlitwriter.blogspot.com/p/about.html. I am a paid subscriber to the Children’s Market over at writersmarket.com. I signed up for Writer’s Digest Peer Critique Studio about a month ago, although I haven’t been able to post there yet. I enjoy the Writer’s Digest Tips & Prompts section. In fact, I responded to "Swim Club Scare on 4/6/10 http://forum.writersdigest.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=28614&start=101. I am an admirer of Jane Friedman, read her blog, and make the occasional comment on her Facebook postings.

    I could go on, but I’d better stop. I had no idea how much of a Writer’s Digest geek I was! Please keep the good stuff coming.

  20. T.J.

    Awesome! My favorite thing about the WD: Guide to Literary Agents is it’s easy to use reference for authors. I have an older version and I really need a newer one that I can highlight the updated information of agents on. Yeah, I can do websearch, but sometimes, hard copies are so nice to have.

  21. Kealah Parkinson

    I love Writer’s Digest: Every tool a writer needs to succeed. I’m looking forward to updating my copy of the Guide to Literary Agents–and just in time to publish a print version of my e-workbook! WD has improved my ability to act as a Communications Coach and teach my clients how to say what they mean to get what they want.

  22. J.W. Parente

    I’ve been purchasing the GTLA books since I first saw the 2007 edition in my local Borders. Since that time, I’ve purchased a good number of WD books on perfecting the craft, but I always look for the most recent GTLA for the new articles (and listings, of course).

    On the left bar of my blogroll, you will see the posts coming in from the GTLA feed. Visit: jwparente.blogspot.com

  23. Chantele

    Because of Guide to Literary agents, I feel like I know a TON more about agents and the publishing industry than when I first started writing. You have so much helpful advice on queries, hooks, and researching agents. I love your "New Agent Alert" feature. You have been on my blogroll for a long time. Feel free to see for yourself!

  24. Sally Haldorson

    Creating relationships can be the most challenging part of being a writer who is usually spending time alone making up characters. GLA is the perfect nudge to get yourself out there.

  25. WotV

    I am a frequent visitor here and would love to win this book. As a freelance writer who is hoping for the chance to write for myself one day soon, I need this book!!!!

  26. Anne Gallagher

    I’ve run my fingers through the 2006 version so many times, the ink has worn off. I’d love to get my hands on the newest copy. Great contest Chuck!

  27. Sheri

    There’s no better resource for one-stop access to agents and literary markets. Because of Guide to Literary agents, I submitted and published my first short story. Can’t wait to see the newest edition.

  28. Keri

    There’s really nothing like WD to help you push your book to the pinnacle of success. I recommend WD and their books to all the writers I know because I know there’s also a tidbit of information that makes the difference between "almost" and that road to publication.

  29. Veronica Fields Johnson

    I’ve been a WD magazine subscriber for several years and absolutely love the Elements of Fiction series and other craft titles published by WD and I own at least 12-15 titles. I subscribe to the WD page on Facebook under the Networked Blogs http://networkedblogs.com/6x3MC.

    As I get closer to finishing my manuscript, I know it’s time for me to start researching agents and a chance to win a free copy would be a blessing. Thank you for the opportunity!

  30. L. L. McKinney

    WD helps to ground me in what often feels like a flood of information. Just when it seems like I’ll be pulled under or swept away a few pointers here or a bit of advice there keeps me afloat and helps me start paddling. I pray I’m one of the lucky winners, this would be a tremendous benefit and a wonderful resource.

  31. Kevin Dillon

    Wow,what a great contest! Being an aspiring novelist, knowing nothing about the lit agent realm/world, this would be a great thing for me to win!!! If anyone is interested i have a few blogs: kevinlyle.blogspot.com or kevinlyle.wordpress.com

  32. Allison B.

    I love WD products because they provide such useful information and advice for aspiring writers like me! I subscribe to Writer’s Digest, and I follow WD on facebook, where blogs like this appear on my newsfeed.

  33. Linda Wastila

    Me! Me! Pick me!

    Why do I love WD? Lots of reasons — great magazine, greater blogs, greatest classes (yep, I’ve taken 5!), and the annual and indispensible WM/GLA. I’m psyched to get this one because I missed last year’s (was writing) and need this year’s (done writing!), and need to get the best and latest on agents and publishing houses. And because I LOVED The Rose Variations (I reviewed it on my blog) and am interested to see what Marisha Chamberlain has to say about the book and the writing process.
    And yeah, this blog’s on my ‘Daily Rags’ blog sidebar — http://linda-leftbrainwrite.blogspot.com.

  34. Eve

    VERY inspirational! It is always good to communicate with others in the industry and share your experiences. I have just recently discovered this site and this blog, and I have seen a tremendously benefit already.

  35. Claire J.

    WD is helpful to me because it provides real-time, in-depth information on the work agents are seeking as well as very insightful advice from established authors. In addition, the community is lively and engaging.

    I have a blog over at http://clairedelunacy.com

    The GLA blog can be found in my blogroll under "Stuff You Should See."

  36. Dan Knaggs

    My favorite part of WD *is* actually this blog. I can read it on the bus on my way to work and there is so much information relating to personal experiences from writers. I like reading how they got their agents, and their personal journey.

    You can find the GLA blog on my blogroll here http://www.publishednow.net/

    I am aiming to review this site next week!!

    Fingers crossed to me! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! My manuscript will be finished in October!

  37. Jessica Subject

    I have this blog and the other Writer’s Digest blogs on my Google reader and read them regularly. I also subscribe to Writer’s Digest and have downloaded writing craft books from WD Shop. Writer’s Digest is a great reference in all its forms for all writers and of course, contests are great too!

  38. Lisa L. Owens

    Who wouldn’t love to get a free copy of the GLA? My most-used WD resource is CWIM, which I constantly recommend to new children’s authors AND editors. I scour each new edition for great articles not only for my own benefit, but also to share with my children’s writing classes. I also own several terrific genre-specifc writing resources put out by WD that I turn to again and again. You can find the GLA blog listed under "Blogs I Like" at my blog: http://llowens.blogspot.com/. I also follow follow Chuck Sambuchino on Twitter. Find me there @LisaLOwens.

  39. Amber DeGrace

    I’d love to win this! I have the 2009 version of the Market Guide and it’s invaluable; however, it would be great to own the newest, updated one! If finances allow I’ll definitely make the purchase, but winning it would be great for this stay-at-home mama.

  40. Lydia Sharp

    Awesome! GLA has been on my blog roll for *centuries* now. Love it! I also own more Writer’s Digest books than I can count. Such a wealth of good information, and I love that you guys are always as "up to date" as possible. So important in this ever-changing industry.