Debut author Jo Furniss breaks down five keys to writing grip-lit—a new, widely read genre that puts female characters in danger, but also in the driver’s seat of their story.
Literary agent Amaryah Orenstein is open to queries! She is interested in contemporary and historical fiction, family relationships and coming-of-age stories, memoir, and more.
Senior Publicist Sara Wigal shares her experience in publishing, from working at a literary agency as an intern, editing at a magazine, and now creating creative plans for authors in the form of publicity.
Debut novelist, Jonathan Rosen, shares the waiting process he went through to get an agent—ultimately landing one who is a champion of his work and career.
Literary agent Meg LaTorre-Snyder is open to queries! She is looking for fantasy, historical fiction, romance, space opera, steam punk, and thrillers in young adult, new adult, and adult categories.
Kacie Renfro, still seeking literary representation, shares her story of querying for years, searching for the right agent to represent her novels.
Author Melody Delgado and her literary agent Cyle Young share their process of finding each other in the slush pile.
Picture book writer Lisa Katzenberger shares how she found her agent by participating in Twitter pitch contests and parties, including PBParty.
Couldn’t make it to the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with some of the best tips on queries, pitching, and general agent advice below. Also, be sure to check out #WDC17 on Twitter for more great writing tips...
Former secret service agent Dan Emmett shares his five secrets to compiling a fascinating memoir—the same five tips he used when working on his memoir, I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
Writer and public relations expert Lora Hyler shares her personal journey in querying, searching for an agent, and the importance of attending writer residencies to connect with other writers.
Award-winning author Barry Lancet shares five secrets he’s learned in his writing career about developing a character who can carry a series of novels.
Literary agent Julie Dinneen of D4EO Literary is open to queries! She is seeking literary fiction and upmarket general fiction, women’s fiction, and historical fiction.
Author Julie Bogart and veteran agent Rita Rosenkranz share their experience and knowledge of the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam event, and how to craft the perfect pitch.
Debut author Sophie Chen Keller explains how she got started writing and how she landed her dream agent for her novel, The Luster of Lost Things, with her first query letter.
Literary agent Caroline Eisenmann of the Frances Goldin Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking upmarket and literary fiction, as well as a variety of nonfiction.
The dreaded Revise and Resubmit request from an agent—it’s not a no. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to hone your work, because this agent sees potential in your manuscript.
Adapted from the leftovers of our annual agent issue, you’ll find a bevy of advice—concerning querying, beta readers, editing, and more—from 16 literary agents in this article.
Writing a proposal for a work of nonfiction may be intimidating and sometimes frustrating, especially if you’re unsure about the information you should include and how to structure the proposal. Authors often spin their wheels and look at multiple sources for guidance on this task. They look for multiple resources to...
Reminder: This agent spotlight features Stephanie Hansen, owner of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. Remember, newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is likely building his or her client list. About Stephanie: Stephanie represents debut to New York Times bestselling authors. She’s signed authors with small presses to major...
Debut author Sheena Kamal explains how she got an agent for her novel, The Lost Ones, while fighting internal thoughts that she felt like she never really belonged as a writer.
With this free worksheet from Bring Your Fiction to Life, Karen S. Wiesner gives you a simple outline for planning out your writing career, year-by-year, to accomplish any goals you’d like to achieve.
Debut author, Corabel Shofner, explains why she believes it took her 64 years to become a traditionally published author, and why writers should never give up.
Literary agent Jennifer Haskin is open to queries! She is currently seeking young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian fiction.