Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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New Literary Agent Alert: Rachel Crawford of Wolf Literary Services

She is Seeking: Rachel is looking for literary and commercial fiction and YA. She’s interested in stories that defy genre conventions and play with reader expectations, and particularly enjoys dystopian, eco-fiction, and apocalyptic narratives, as well as anything with a scientist protagonist. She’s also looking for international fiction, political fiction that explores big...

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Agent Abby Saul Seeks Submissions NOW

About Abby: Abby Saul founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She's worked with and edited best-selling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she's been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish...

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Packing For The Labor Of Publishing

Once upon a time, before I was a writer, I attended births. Not as a midwife or a doctor. I was a doula—the person who often came to a labor early, who did their best to stay awake for the duration, who drove home in the wee hours, windows open and radio blaring and...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Kira Watson of Emma Sweeney Agency, LLC

She is Seeking: Kira is particularly interested in Children's Literature (YA & MG) with a strong narrative voice, well-crafted storylines, and memorable characters. Within YA & MG, Kira is actively seeking Realistic Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Magic Realism, Thriller/Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction. Stories with folklore elements, complex villains, morally enigmatic (and very...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Catherine Cho of Curtis Brown

She is Seeking: Catherine is looking to represent debut novelists, particularly in literary and reading group fiction. She’s searching for stories that transport their readers—with a strong, moving narrative and distinctive voice. She particularly enjoys stories with magical realism and speculative elements (such as Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell). Her other favourite authors include...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Margo Kelly

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Margo Kelly, author of UNLOCKED) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they...

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5 Ways to Get Into Character

It’s been said that great authors act as stenographers, jotting down thoughts and actions as their characters dictate. Whether you’re focused on a single protagonist or penning a novel with multiple points-of-view, you must know your characters, so that when they talk to you, you’ll recognize their voices. But how do you develop this...

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Synopsis Example: “The Fly” (Horror / Sci-Fi)

Here's another example of a fiction synopsis. This time it's The Fly (1986). I took a crack at this one because my synopsis examples were light on horror stories. The main thing with this synopsis was to streamline Seth's transformation process (and I left a lot of details on the cutting room floor) so that...

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25th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Thrillers and Horror

Agent judge Alec Shane has picked the 3 winners (no order). Thank you to all who entered. The three winners are: Jonah Blank, HER HUNDRED HANDS   Kathy Kubay, THE SATOR SQUARE   Barry Brakeville, COLD ———————– Welcome to the 25th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest...