The Blog Reaches 1,500 Posts — And I Offer 11 Good Reasons For You To Keep Reading It

I passed 1,500 posts recently. Rock on. This
blog is approaching its four-year anniversary and keeps growing. Last I checked, the blog now receives 140,000 page views a month. I just want to thank my regulars, my commenters, and my many
amazing guest bloggers.

And to celebrate, here’s some details of a giveaway (UPDATE: Diane H. won): I will pick one random commenter to win both a copy of Triptych, a sci-fi novel written by the GLA blog’s newest success story (author JM Frey – see below), as well as a copy of Hooked, an amazing writing resource by Les Edgerton that talks about starting your story right. Winner gets both books. Comment within one week. All you have to do is say
something nice about any book or product or website run/created by WD.

And if you’re new to this blog, let me give you 11 good reasons
why you should add it to your usual reading. Here are 11 people who contacted me to say they signed with agents because of my
blogging and links:


1. JM Frey, author of Triptych (2011)

“I just wanted to let you know that because of your wonderful blog, I am now represented by Evan Gregory of Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Evan e-mailed me after my guest post had been up for about a week, and was 1 of 2 who did so directly because they’d read the blog entry.”

2. Writer Gwen Hayes, author of Falling Under 

“I found (agent) Jessica (Sinsheimer) through your GLA interview last August. She signed me in September and we sold Falling Under, in December. Quite the whirlwind!”

3. Writer Jess Haines, author of Hunted by the Others and two more books in the series.

“I found my agent (Ellen Pepus) through a GLA article. My first book, Hunted by the Others, came out in May 2010.” 


4. Caroline Starr Rose, author of May B (2012)

“I found Michelle Humphrey on the Guide to Literary
Agents blog and fell in love with her upbeat attitude about the
publishing process (‘Make rejection pie!’ she said). She responded to my
query the next day. Less than two weeks after reading Michelle’s GLA
post, I had an agent.”

5. Trevor Shane,
author of Children of Paranoia (2011)

“I’ve been a near daily visitor to your site since
2005 when I started writing Children of Paranoia. Much of what I
learned about querying/agents/editors and the business in general, I
learned from your website. You really do provide a great service for
all of us frustrated and frightened aspiring writers.”

6. Mary Glickman, author of Home in the Morning (2011)

When I was lost and agentless, the Guide to
Literary Agents blog was like a lifeline pulling me into a place where I
could say: It can be done, it can be done. And sometimes, a little
bit of hope can go a very long way.

7. Writer Jen Corkill Hunt

“After you posted Kimberley Shumate as a new agent, I
contacted her and was signed. You’re awesome and I send as many authors
to you as I can. Thanks!”

8. Writer Joanna Haugen

“I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and when this post about
Bree Ogden came through my RSS feed, I decided to try querying her with
my picture book. Within a week I had signed on as a new client with
Martin Literary Management. Thank you for featuring new agents ~ I never
would have found Bree without this column!”

9. Writer Danielle Winston

“Your blog has been enormously helpful! Through your new agent alerts, I connected with Marisa Corvisiero, who is now representing my children’s book.”

10. Writer Traci Borum

I used the GLA blog extensively during my agent
search. So helpful,
mainly because I knew I could trust what I found on your blog. I knew
these agents would most likely be legit – and – the personal interviews
with them always helped me personalize my query letters to them. I have an agent now:
Steven Chudney.”

11. Writer Nina Berry
Nina was signed by agent Tamar
Rydzinski of Laura Dail Literary Agency after being named one of the three winners of Tamar’s “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest (a recurring contest on this site with different agents) on the blog.

That’s my version of “Show, don’t tell.” Hope you like it!

The biggest database of agents anywhere is
the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents.
Buy it here online at a discount.

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30 thoughts on “The Blog Reaches 1,500 Posts — And I Offer 11 Good Reasons For You To Keep Reading It

  1. Michael Di Gesu

    Congrats Chuck on the awesome job you’re doing keeping us all informed on what is happening in the publishing world. We aspiring authors need all the help we can get!

    Looking forward to another 1500 posts.

  2. Hira Hasnain

    CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing feat. It’s quite the milestone! 🙂 I love this blog, and the plethora of knowledge I receive via this blog, as an aspiring author. I look forward to more wonderful and insightful posts – because "Guide to Literary Agents" is THE source of literary information, for me! 🙂

    Also, I am SO looking forward to "Children of Paranoia" by Trevor Shane! And now, I also look forward to "Home In The Morning" by Mary Glickman. Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity! 😀

  3. Judy Croome

    Does saying something nice about Writer’s Digest Live Webinars count? Because they’ve truly become my BFF; I’ve attended 3 live WD webinars, and eagerly awaiting the recorded version of the 4th (there was almost a divorce because Husband brought home work colleagues on a webinar night!) The 3 I’ve attended have helped me so much in various aspects of the writing journey; I can only highly recommend them to anyone who wants to learn in an easy-to-understand, professional environment…no matter where you are in the world!
    Judy, South Africa

  4. Rebecca Revels

    I discovered this tonight, but I can say that I will be back. One thing that I never tire of, one of the things that drives me is opportunity to learn. Being able to improve my writing is one of the things I enjoy and strive for and this will definitely be something that will help me accomplish that.

  5. John Poindexter

    Congratulations on reaching such a milestone on your Blog. I wish I could do as well, but as just a starter in the Blog world, I find it hard to come up with topics to write about.

    One thing I know for sure, there is no resource better for writers than the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents. WD does a great job putting this book together each year.

    Here’s looking forward to the next 1500.


  6. Beth LaMie

    What wonderful inspiration to keep on writing and plugging . . . and writing and plugging . . . Thanks for all the great information in your 1500 posts! Looking forward to meeting you at the Clarksville Writers’ Conference in July.

  7. Nancy Poehlmann

    Although I am in the first baby steps of the craft, I find myself reading your blog nearly every day. At first, I thought it would be so far along in the process that it would not be helpful, but I gladly admit that I was wrong, and it has been very helpful to me.

    Congratulations on 1500 posts, and 1500 thoughtful, useful ones at that!

  8. Angela

    Congrats on 1500 posts!! I love all the helpful articles and advice I’ve gotten from WD. I keep hoping to be one of your success stories 🙂 Congratulations again!!

  9. Tom Bentley

    Gosh Chuck, after J. Frey got trashed on Oprah (though subsequently redeemed), I’m surprised you’re touting him as one of your luminaries. Oh, wait—not the same fried Frey, I get it now…

    Good work on the 1,500 posts. Before long there will be something like a Biblical concordance to GLA, or maybe an Idiot’s Guide to Everything GLA, or maybe a ChuckRoll to rival the RickRoll. One can dream…

  10. Elizabeth MacKinney

    Your blog is one of the best. My favorites? I love the top seven things that I have learned by the authors and the success stories with examples of good queries that caused authors to get agents. But there’s such a variety of good stuff, it’s hard to choose! Thank you for sharing it all!!!!

    : )

  11. Susan

    I’m brand new to this blog and WD but already see so much of value. As a birthday present to myself I’m probably going to buy the WD VIP package (in July) and I know I’m going to make coming here a part of my creative daily ritual.

  12. Diane Henders

    Congrats on the 1500-post milestone. It’s easy to see why you get so many page views per month; you provide such excellent advice and resources. Keep up the good work – looking forward to the next 1500 posts!

  13. patrice

    I understand why these people are so happy. I love this blog! I’ve gotten so much good information from here. I hope to be one of your success stories one day soon.

  14. Giora

    Congrats Chuck. You blog is a must read for every aspiring author. The information that you provide here is comprehensive and very useful. This is the only blog that I read every day. Best wishes from Canada. Giora

  15. Nick Sawatsky

    This website elevated me as a writer. You can’t just write these days. You have to be savvy and know the industry. My favorite features are the sample queries and how authors came about their agents. I have visited this site everyday for over a year and have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

  16. tara tyler

    wd is where i started research into publishing (buying a magazine!) it has opened a whole new exciting world and taught me a ton! thanks, chuck (and robert and jane etc!)

    and congrats on your blogaversary

  17. Kristi Belcamino

    I’m hoping to be one of your success stories. I can’t even count how many times I’ve sent people links to your successful queries posts and I LOVE your posts on how writer’s got their agents. best, kristi

  18. Heather McCorkle

    That’s fantastic Chuck! Congratulations on reaching 1500 followers! I’ve learned so much from your blog and am so glad I found it. I’m forever sending my friends over to check out an excellent post here.


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