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Molto Bene: Gnomes Gets Offer For Italian-Language Rights

Got some exciting news last week. Italy’s coolest publishing house, whose name I cannot even remember now, made an offer to buy Italian-language rights of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. So cool! It will be insane to see a different cover with a different language on it. I suspect the reason Italy...

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Agent Miriam Kriss On: Is There Still Room in Urban Fantasy?

Urban fantasy has become a catchall phrase for contemporary-set fantasy and magical realism. It draws on many traditions of fantasy, horror, hardboiled crime fiction and even romance, blending them together in differing degrees to give us new stories with old tropes. It first really broke out with Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series in...

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How I Got My Agent: Sandy James

"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...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jan Underwood

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 Jan Underwood. Jan Underwood teaches and writes in Portland, Ore....

New Agent Alert: Anita Bartholomew of Salkind 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 seeking: mystery/suspense, historical,...

6 Tips on How to Build a Platform and Sell Books

For nonfiction writers, the most significant development of the past decade has been the insistence by the publishers that authors have national platforms. For fiction writers, authors’ platforms matter less. However, it never hurts for a fiction writer to be charismatic, articulate, a vigorous promoter, and media savvy. Children’s book writers and illustrators also...

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The Power of No

Take a few wary moments to think before you sign and seal yourself to someone who might not be the best business partner to sell your writing. “No, thank you,” and a quick hang-up might be the best response if you experience any of the following statements during a phone call from a potential...

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Agent Advice: Jessica Regel of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

This installment features literary agent Jessica Regel of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency in Manhattan. She agents her own list of children's and adult books while also working in the subsidiary rights department, selling film, audio, and UK rights. She received her BA degree in English Literature from Hunter College. She is seeking: strong...

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How I Got My Agent: Boyd Morrison

"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...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Marybeth Whalen

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 Marybeth Whalen. Marybeth Whalen's first novel, The Mailbox, came out...

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The 5 Stages of Querying

#1) Conceit – This is the beginning of the query experience in which you are convinced that any agent would be a fool to turn you down. You know deep in your heart this is the most fantastic book ever written and every agent who reads your query will request a full, (or at...

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Agent Michael Larsen Talks 12 Ways to Excite Pros About Your Novel

1. Your idea: new, creative, timely, informative, entertaining, transformative, commercial, helpful, aimed at a large, proven market. 2. Your writing: style, tone, humor, drama, inspiration, insights, voice. Michael Larsen and his wife Elizabeth Pomada founded Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents and run the Writing for Change Conference (Nov. 13-14, 2010 in San Francisco).

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How I Got My Agent: Tom Leveen

"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...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Alan Orloff

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 Alan Orloff. Alan Orloff's debut mystery, Diamonds for the Dead,...

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New Agent Alert: Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor 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 seeking: childrens, YA,...

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How I Got My Agent: Shannon Whitney Messenger

"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...