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How to Stay Objective and Improve Your Main Character

So how’s your relationship with your significant other going? The one with your heroine or hero, I mean. In a writer’s life, a main character is a very significant other. Now that my first published novel is about to be released, I realize how much I’ve learned about the writer-main character...

Literary Agent Interview: Jen Rofe of Andrea Brown Literary

This installment features Jen Rofe of Andrea Brown Literary. Jennifer is co-author of the picture book Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch (Charlesbridge). Jennifer earned a BA in English with a minor in Social and Ethnic Relations from UC Davis and has a background in secondary education. She is seeking: children's fiction...

The 4 Golden Rules of Being a Writer

1. Start at square one. The world is full of people who know people who know an agent … but you can save yourself a lot of time and disappointment by ignoring them. Because the truth is, no one really knows anyone, and even if they did, it is probably not going...

How I Got My Literary Agent: Kathleen Mulroy

"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,...

New Agent Alert: Caryn Karmatz Rudy of DeFiore and 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. She is...

A Word to Children’s Writers: Spend Time at Schools

Upon reflection, I can point to one practical activity that’s been absolutely critical to my work as a children’s author: I spend time in classrooms. Not as a visiting author, but as an observer. I sit in the back, out of the spotlight, and watch. Guest column by James Preller, who has...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...