Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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Get Your Synopsis Critiqued at My January 6 Webinar

Ah, the pesky synopsis. If you write adult fiction, kids fiction or memoir, you know what I'm talking about. The synopsis is a strange animal, and a unique writing challenge of its own. That's why I'm teaching a webinar on Jan. 6, 2011 called "Critique Series: Novel Synopses." If you're stuck...

New Agent Alert: Stephanie DeVita 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. She is...

Living Life Makes You a Better Writer

One thing that’s been on my mind, because I find it irritating like a grain of sand in an oyster, is the proliferation of what I call MFA novels. Setting is always a campus, characters are always professorial types, story lines are always midlife crises, interdepartmental affairs, sexual orientation challenges, etc....

Agent Bob Silverstein On: Query Letter Tips

First, let me tell you about query letters that immediately turn me off: 1. When they are typed on an old typewriter or, worse, handwritten and often illegible. The look of a query letter is important in making a good first impression. Use a computer! Bob's guest column is an...

Happy Thanksgiving to All

No column today. Just a wish of Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there, including all writers and those who read my blog. I have no unique or special message on this holiday besides to hug someone you love. Columns resume tomorrow. You might also like:No Related Posts

Publishing for the Uninhibited: Adventures in Kindle Land

Guest column by James Francis Smith   Author of the e-Book Druids, Celts, and Romans—now available on Kindle Did I purposely go looking into Kindle as a possibility, no siree. It fell into my lap. Perusing a Newsweek, I happened on Isia Jasiewicz’s article, “Who Needs a Publisher?” One author’s quoted...

New Agent Alert: Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary

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...

The Publishing Industry Needs Our Support!

The publishing industry always needs the loyal support of us reader-writers. That’s why, for the past few holiday seasons, I have been trying to buy books for all my family and friends as their gifts. What you have to do is approach them early, then basically explain what you’re doing, and...

Agent Terry Burns On: When NOT To Stand Out From the Crowd

Editor’s note: I am declaring November 2010 to be “Agent Guest Column Month,” and therefore, every weekday, I will be posting a guest column by a literary agent. Day 15: Today’s guest agent is Terry Burns of Hartline Literary.   Terry Burns is an agent withHartline Literary. When we talk promotion, having...