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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Hollis Gillespie

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 Hollis Gillespie. Hollis Gillespie is an award-winning humor and travel...

Footnotes: 6 Articles on Dystopian Stories/Writing

“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”~ Kyle Reese Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Suzanne’s Collins’s Hunger Games series has ignited a craze for dystopian literature. That’s why today...

New Agent Alert: Jason Pinter of Waxman 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. He is seeking: commercial fiction...

Trends in Publishing: How Our Worlds Are Changing

THE FUTURE OF SELF-PUBLISHING Penny believes self-publishing has gone from being considered a last-ditch effort to a more respected enterprise. She brought up Legally Blonde as an early success story of a self-published book. Carleen mentioned J.A. Konrath’s success with e-books that had previously not sold or had gone out of print. Penny cautioned...

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''I Don't Want To Be'' by Gavin DeGraw

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 “I...

Agent Advice: Adam Friedstein of Anderson Literary Management

This installment features Adam Friedstein of Anderson Literary Management, LLC. He was previously at Trident Media Group. He is seeking: He primarily represents debut literary fiction, literary thrillers and suspense, young adult fiction, memoir, and narrative and serious nonfiction (politics, education, biographies and more).

The Irony of Impossible

One of the most daunting things about trying to get published has got to be reading all those odds that say it’s impossible to get published. My emotional self remembers hearing some of these numbers, and they feel like doomsday statistics: Guest column by Kirk Farber, author of Postcards from a Dead Girl (Harper Perennial,...

How I Got My Agent: Katie Lee

"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...

Agents Tell All at RWA National

Guest column by Ricki Schultz, freelance writer and coordinator of Shenandoah Writers in VA. I spoke at the 30th annual Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando, Fla.—which was chock-full of awesome. The first afternoon of the intense three-day event (attended by over 2,000 people!), I went to the PRO Retreat, which included an...

Join Me For ''How to Land a Literary Agent'' on Aug. 26

You hear me talk a lot on this blog about the writers’ conferences I attend and the presentations I give on agents and pitching. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to attend such a conference but can’t because of money or proximity issues, here is your chance to listen in and ask questions from your...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kim Wright

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 Kim Wright. Kim Wright’s novel Love in Mid Air (March...

Agent Advice: Louise Fury of L. Perkins Associates

This interview features Louise Fury, of L. Perkins Associates. She is seeking: High-concept young adult fiction and fun, imaginative, and engaging middle grade fiction–-think humor, adventure and mystery. The characters must be authentic and original. Louise really loves historical (especially Regency and Victorian), paranormal, steampunk romance, mystery and epic horror. She’s passionate about connecting...

My Adventures in … Alaska (and Canada, Too)

I just got back from a cruise vacation to Alaska and British Columbia. (It was kind of the last chance to vacation before things get super-crazy this fall.) My wife and I saw whales, glaciers — the whole deal. It was very nice. One of the coolest parts about going anywhere out of the...

How I Got My Agent: Christa Allen

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. I find it fascinating to see the exact road people took that landed them with a rep. Seeing the things people did right vs. what they did wrong (highs and the lows) can help other scribes who are on the same journey. Some...

August 12: Agent Rachelle Gardner Will Critique Your Query Letter and Share Tips on How to Write a Dynamite Pitch

Agent Rachelle Gardner of Wordserve Literary (famous for her super blog on publishing) is teaching a new webinar: “Novel/Memoir Pitches and Queries (Critique Series)” on Thursday, August 12, 2010. 4 Reasons to Attend Her Webinar: 1) Get a professional critique from an agent. Every webinar attendee gets thoughts on their query from Rachelle! Heck,...

Agent Advice: Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency

“Agent Advice” is a series of quick interviews with literary and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else. This installment features Joshua Bilmes, president of JABberwocky Literary Agency, which he founded in 1994. Having shown an early interest in publishing and writing critique,...

How to Start Your Mystery Novel

No pressure, but the opening of your book is the gatekeeper in determining whether your novel will sell. If your opening is weak, it won’t matter if chapter two is a masterpiece. Editors and agents will stop reading before they get to it. This column excerpted from Hallie Ephron‘sWriting and Selling Your Mystery Novel....