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.


Agent Advice: Scott Mendel of the Mendel Media Group

This installment features Scott Mendel of the Mendel Media Group. With a background in academia, Scott has worked in publishing since the early 1990s. In November 2002, he opened the Mendel Media Group in New York. He is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, the Author's Guild, the Mystery Writers of America,...

How to Write a Travel Memoir

A travel memoir is a travel writing genre all its own. It is not a guidebook, trip diary or marketing piece for the Sunday paper. Rather, it is a delicate mixture of recollection and reflection that reveals how a journey, or a series of journeys, transformed the writer. Guest column by Susan Pohlman, author of...

What ”Show, Don’t Tell” Really Means, by Agent Mary Kole

It’s the old adage you hear in every writing class, workshop, critique group and probably on some things you’ve had edited, rejected or submitted in your lifetime. “Show, don’t tell,” says the editor or agent or well-meaning crit partner. “You know, this really is an issue of showing versus telling,” says the writing teacher....

7 Ways to Grow Your Writers’ Group

1. Connect with other writers at local events—including conferences, workshops, classes, poetry slams, and open mike nights. Let them know you what you liked about their work, and invite them to join. 2. Encourage members of the group to spread the word, and invite them to bring along interested friends to the next...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Audrey Vernick

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 Audrey Vernick. Audrey Vernick is the author of Is Your...

At What Point Can You Call Yourself a Writer?

The moment you tell people you’re a writer, they ask the inevitable question, “What have you written?” They have no idea the shame involved in answering this type of question though they are, in a sense, asking you to justify the hours you spend each day scribbling your ideas down on paper. And it’s...

To Gnome My Dog is to Love Him

My pooch Graham is trying to do his part for the launch of my Gnome Attack humor book. Look at him below, being cute as ever, trying to eat this dangerous garden gnome in my backyard. I Will Be Speaking At These Great Writing Events in 2010: Sept. 18, 2010: Hancock County Library Authors...

How I Got My Agent: Kirsten Rice

"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, e-mail me at...

Live Near Indianapolis? Come Meet Me on Sept. 18 or Nov. 17

There is an Author Appreciation Fair at the Greenfield branch of the Hancock County Library in suburban Indianapolis (east side of town, I think). I'll be speaking from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on "How to Get Your Work Published." Essentially, I will be giving writing tips and taking questions from the audience, so...

Agent Advice: Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management

This installment features Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management. Catherine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law from University of New South Wales. She worked as a copyright and defamation litigator in Sydney for four years before moving to the United States in 1995. She had...

5 Things Television Teaches Writers

We’ve all watched television—dramas, police procedurals, reality shows, newscasts. Although television is a different medium than writing, it provides an abundance of advice wrapped inside the programming that’s relevant to today’s writers. Guest column by Janice Gable Bashman, co-author of Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil (Citadel Press, 2010)...

New Agent Alert: Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency

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 seeking: Kerry loves...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Victoria Ceretto-Slotto

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 Victoria Ceretto-Slotto. Victoria Ceretto-Slotto is a Nevada-based writer whose first...

Agent Advice: Sally van Haitsma of van Haitsma Literary

This installment features Sally Van Haitsma of van Haitsma Literary. Sally earned her B.A. and Masters of Communication from the University of California, San DiegoTransitioning to publishing, she worked at an alternative weekly newspaper, the San Diego Reader, before agenting at the Castiglia Literary Agency. Sally lives with her husband Dirk Sutro and an...

How I Got My Agent: Deborah Blake

"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, e-mail me at...

Super Rates Right Now for WritersMarket.com

I’ve explained before that WritersMarket.com is the market database to end all databases. It’s got more than 6,000 listings for book publishers, literary agents, magazines, newspapers, contests, production companies, and much more. In other words, it’s the motherload of markets. If you were thinking about signing up for WM.com and having access, now is...

Agent Advice: Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

This installment features Sarah LaPolla, an agent with Curtis Brown, LTD. She had been working with CB since 2008. With her own MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, Sarah loves getting to work directly with new and developing authors. She is seeking: literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, literary...