Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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My Adventures in … Las Vegas 2010

I just got back from teaching at the 2010 Vegas Valley Book Festival in Las Vegas. The festival was very nice, and it combined events/signings aimed at adults with a ton of fun stuff for kids. I believe the festival is happening again in 2011, so if you live the Vegas...

Agent Paul S. Levine On: Copyright Basics

Copyright protects the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. For example, the idea of a play or movie where a boy meets a girl, but both sets of parents are against the boy and the girl “getting together” (think “Romeo and Juliet,” but also think “West Side Story”) is...

Agent Tina Wexler On: 6 and 1/2 Ways to Impress an Agent

1.Write a really amazing query. Which is to say: take your time, try describing your work multiple ways until you find the best approach, read successful queries online and have as many people as possible read yours so that you’re certain it makes sense and is a shiny apple. 2. Demonstrate knowledge...

Agent Miriam Kriss On: The Perfect Pitch

1. Know Thy Genre (or Sub-Genre) I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat down to with someone and asked them what they write, only to be faced with confusion. Knowing where your book would live in the bookstore is crucial to making sure the agent can evaluate it properly....

Agent Dan Lazar On: Query Dos and Don’ts

1. Be specific, but don’t vomit information. Saying “my novel is about a mom going through some life challenges” is vague, and remember: Vague = boring. However, be careful not to stuff your letter with so many details of your plot that it’s confusing to decipher what’s going on. Reading your...

How I Got My Agent: Corrine Jackson

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog,...

5 Techniques for Managing Group Critiques

1. Know your group, and tailor your critique sessions accordingly. It’s helpful to begin each reading with a quick introduction, in which the writer is given the opportunity to communicate her needs to the group. 2. Ask each member of the group to read her work aloud, rather than simply giving group...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Annette Lyon

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Annette Lyon. Annette Lyon has published seven...

How Writers Can Use Twitter for Networking and Success

While Twitter is useful for writers for a myriad of reasons, networking takes the cake. Using Twitter, we can connect with people who would be out of reach otherwise, people who live far away or are more important or simply uninterested in us. As I sometimes explain to newbies, if Facebook...

Literary Agent Interview: Natalie Fischer of Bradford Literary (formerly Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

This installment features Natalie Fischer of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She is seeking: Commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-YA/Teen), romance (contemporary and historical), historical fiction, multicultural fiction, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy in YA or romance only, fairy-tale/legend spin-offs, and “beautiful dark” novels. She will also consider select memoir.

At the Root of Writing is Creativity

These days, with my debut middle grade out in the world, people seem to want to know if I’d always wanted to be a writer. And I did. Ever since I can remember, that’s all wanted to do (except for that year in the fourth grade when I wanted to be...

How I Got My Agent: Josh Vogt

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog,...