Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

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Successful Queries: Agent Dan Lazar and “The Bells”

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 42nd installment in this series is with agent Dan...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Thomas W. Young

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 Thomas W. Young. Thomas W. Young's Afghanistan war novel, The...

Agent Advice: Claire Gerus of Claire Gerus Literary Agency

This installment features Claire Gerus of Claire Gerus Literary Agency. She is seeking: Contemporary fiction, including mysteries and short story collections. Her nonfiction interests include biographies, memoirs, finance, current affairs, politics, history, military, health & fitness, psychology, religion, technology, and true crime.

How I Got My Agent: Corinne Bowen

"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: Victoria Marini of Irene Goodman 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: She is...

18 Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer

One thing many people ask me is: How? How do I become a writer? Well, I'm here to answer that question once and for all. Keep in mind this applies equally well to deciding you're going to write a short story or deciding you're going to write a novel. Heck, it even applies to...

Gnome Book at Borders Pic, and an Online Interview

Michelle Sussman snapped this pic of my book at a Borders, though I do not know the location. The danger of gnomes has attracted a prime spot in this store. Protect yourself! It’s a dangerous world out there, full of pointy-hatted murderers. Other than that, there’s been a lot of little things going on...

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...