Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

This excellent blog is dedicated to sharing the latest and greatest instruction and information on literary agents, literary agencies, query letters, submissions, publishing, author platform, book marketing, and more.

If you’re an agent seeking submissions, an agency with a story to tell, or an author looking to share your success story, contact jessica.farris@fwmedia.com.


A Writer’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory developed by psychologist Abraham Maslow. The hierarchy, comprising a five-tier pyramid, explains the connection between basic human needs and motivation. Bryan E. Robinson has adapted this scale to consider what needs writers must satisfy to move their dreams of writing success up the...

New Territory: ‘The Nightingale’ Author Kristin Hannah Discusses Her New Alaska-Set Novel

The latest from bestselling 'The Nightingale' author Kristin Hannah transports readers to remote 1970s Alaska. In this interview from the February 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine—Hannah discusses the real-life influences that inspired 'The Great Alone,' and preaches the power of a tight-knit writing circle.

When Your Memoir Wants To Be A Novel

In our "Breaking In" column in Writer's Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author of The Night Child—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too.

GLA News

If you're an agent looking to update your information or an author interested in contributing to the GLA blog or the next edition of the book, contact Jess Zafarris at jessica.farris@fwmedia.com.

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ruth Emmie Lang

“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Ruth Emmie Lang, author of BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction, as well as how they got their literary agent—by sharing seven things they’ve...

New Literary Agent Alert: Cynthia Ruchti of Books & Such Management

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Cynthia Ruchti of Books & Such Management) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Cynthia: Cynthia Ruchti, author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books, and...

5 Writing Perspectives to Be Thankful For

Every day at Writer’s Digest, I’m particularly thankful that I get to read about writing and edit some really skilled teachers and experts. The varied perspectives, voices and authorities on the craft keep me on my toes and enrich my experience as a writer and a reader. Today, I pulled five...

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from publishing’s frenetic pace, spirits dead from unfulfilled and stressful career demands—empty shells, comatose like...

New Literary Agent Alert: Rachel Horowitz of The Bent Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Rachel Horowitz of The Bent Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Rachel: Rachel Horowitz joins The Bent Agency as a literary agent, specializing in both...

Partner with Your Publicist: Why You Need Literary Publicity

Every author wants his or her book to be a success. Dreams of best-seller lists, grand book tours with sold out speaking engagements, and that coveted interview with Oprah, luxuriate in the backs (and often fronts) of many the writerly mind. But the process of connecting the dots between first draft...

The Five Little Secrets of Memoir Writing: A Contrarian POV

A memoir can be a massive undertaking. As writers, we sometimes take pride in this complexity. It makes us seem, well, more professional. It can also alienate us from real people. And real people have stories to tell. Very real stories. So it becomes important that we set aside our biases...

Three Keys to Selling a Children’s Picture Book Biography

I love picture book biographies. I love reading them and being inspired and thinking, “Wow, that’s an amazing story. How come I didn’t know that?” And I love writing them. Why? Because picture book biographies are all about inspiring kids to their own greatness. This is important to me. In addition...

Meet the Agent: Christopher Rhodes, The Stuart Agency

Christopher Rhodes began his literary career as a teenager, working at bookstores in New Hampshire and then in New York City, where he landed a job at Borders’ flagship location in the World Trade Center. Three years later, Rhodes migrated to Simon & Schuster, working in sales and marketing before becoming...