Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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Malcolm Gladwell Explains His Story Process

I read a lot of nonfiction, but perhaps my favorite writer is Malcolm Gladwell. His books are just amazing. As a writer myself (and especially back in my playwriting days when I was conjuring up more fiction), I am sometimes asked “Where do you come up with this stuff?” Well, I find myself asking...

Craft the Perfect Pitch This Thursday

Imagine this: You sit down in front of agent at a conference to pitch them in person. Or perhaps you’re in an elevator when you realize the woman standing next to you is your dream rep. You have little time to succinctly summarize your story. How do you compose a short, effective pitch to...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jacqueline West

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 Jacqueline West. Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT...

How I Got My Agent: Rune Michaels

"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...

New Agent Alert: John Rudolph of Dystel & Goderich

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. He is seeking: fresh new...

Revisions: What Every Writer Should Know

Writers talk about the revision process, taking time to go back into their work to reconfigure, tweak or even burn and start again. But why can’t the brain just jump to the polished end in the first place? Why does there have to be a process? Guest column by Laura Toffler-Corrie, author of The Life...

Literary Agent Interview: Jason Yarn of Paradigm Agency

This installment features Jason Yarn of Paradigm Agency. He is seeking: Literary and commercial fiction in the areas of science fiction, chick lit, fantasy, humor/satire, historical fiction, young adult, thrillers/suspense, adventure, gay & lesbian, military/espionage, graphic novels, mystery, short story collections, and women’s fiction. For nonfiction, history, sports, celebrity, biography, food & lifestyle,...

Successful Queries: Agent Janet Reid and “Numb”

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 43rd installment in this series is with agent Janet...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Colin Falconer

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 Colin Falconer. Colin Falconer is the author of more than...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Pitching Agents at Conferences

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. We’ve all been there. First, your throat begins to tighten and then your mouth goes dry. Your heart beats so fast it feels like it could leap from your chest at any...

How to Sell Freelance Articles to Magazines & Newspapers

I know this blog is mostly about agents and book stuff, but one area of writing I’ve always been active in is article writing. If you’ve never tried to sell articles or columns, you should. It’s a great way to make money, get publication credits, and build your platform. That’s why WD Managing Editor...

What I Learned About ”The Call”

I’ve been writing humor for over twenty years. During that time, I’ve received enough rejection slips to wallpaper most of the homes in Papua New Guinea. I’ve also gotten some pretty sweet calls along the way. Like the call I received four years ago. I was at home avoiding writing (aka folding laundry) when...

New Agent Alert: Logan Garrison of The Gernert Company

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. Logan is seeking: Kids fiction...

How I Got My Agent: Nikki Katz

"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...

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''Poker Face'' by Lady Gaga

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put up much video. Truth is, I’m self-conscious. Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing “Poker...

Literary Agent Interview: Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary

This installment features Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary. Formerly a Senior Editor at both Kensington Publishing and Adams Media, she enjoys working closely with authors to develop projects. She welcomes first-time authors with a unique voice and point of view. She is seeking: contemporary women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, humorous tales and young adult...