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.


New Agent Alert: Vickie Motter of Andrea Hurst & Associates

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is...

Literary Agent Interview: Roseanne Wells of Jennifer De Chiara Literary (formerly Marianne Strong Literary)

This installment features Roseanne Wells, an agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency (formerly Marianne Strong Literary Agency). An avid reader, she discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W.W. Norton and hasn't looked back. She is seeking: narrative nonfiction, science (popular or trade, not academic), health,...

How I Got My Agent: Alma Katsu

"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,...

The 7 Deadly Sins of Paranormal Romance

SLOTH: Info Dumps. Nothing turns me off faster than a book that starts off with a long narrative explaining all the world building. Info dumps are lazy. They’re bad form. The details of your world should come to light slowly, layer upon layer, immersing the reader in the experience. For hints...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Catherine Gildiner

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 Catherine Gildiner. Catherine Gildiner has written two...

Find Writing Ideas All Around You

People often ask me: "Where do you get your ideas?" Most of the time, I don't know exactly how I came up with an entire book plot, but for someone who's only been writing since May of 2009 (and yes, this is really true) lots of ideas have gone from my...

How I Got My Agent: Jenny Torres Sanchez

"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,...

Christmas Ideas for Writers & Book Lovers (Vol. 1)

My big message this holiday season has been simply to support writers and bookstores by buying new books as gifts and asking for new books as gifts for yourself. This is not the easiest thing to do. You must find what specifically what people want (or at least categories they enjoy),...

Successful Queries: Agent Mary Kole and “Wildefire”

This series is called "Successful Queries" and I'm posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked. The 47th installment in this series is...

Put Resilence In Your Writers Toolbox

You’ve heard that writers must be resilient in order to bounce back from the internal and external obstacles of the writing life. But what if the optimistic attitude that underlies resilience doesn’t come naturally to you? What if you struggle with occasional or frequent periods of losing energy, focus, creativity and...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sheldon Russell

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 Sheldon Russell. Sheldon Russell is the author...

New Agent Alert: Joan Slattery of Pippin Properties

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is...

5 Things Writers Should Do BEFORE Release Day

1. Do the Website. Like, Now. Okay, you know you need a website. But release day is 18 months away. Do you really need one now? Short answer: yes. Websites take a surprisingly long time to build, especially if you’re working from scratch with a designer. You can throw a holding place...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Self-Publishing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up four articles on self-publishing. 1. Is it soup yet? Becky Levine raises the question: How do you know if your self-published manuscript is ready...