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My Adventures in … Surrey, Canada

I just got back from my first trip to the Surrey International Writers Conference in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada - a suburb of Vancouver. Sadly, I did not get into the city to witness Vancouver in all its greatness, but the conference itself was very big and quite wonderful. I gave...

So You Think You Can Write?

In the writer’s room, my bosses made quick work of my delusions of brilliance with a peremptory “Maybe that’s funny at Harvard.” Under their guidance, I learned the value of observing in silence, listening to those with more experience and most of all, re-writing. Guest column by Susan Fales-Hill, who began her...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Amanda Flower

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 Amanda Flower. Amanda Flower is an academic...

How Live Readings Can Help Your Writing

Two years ago I began transitioning from my career as a journalist by tapering off my work for The New York Times. I took my debut novel through several edits and began to explore the complicated road to publication. Social Media provided an opportunity to write for others and vastly expand...

Literary Agent Interview: Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company

This installment features Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company. Originally from northern California, Laurie cut her teeth as an editor at Hyperion, where she was responsible for five New York Times best-sellers, including Brain Droppings by George Carlin. In 2003, Laurie became a literary agent, exclusively representing nonfiction. She is seeking:...

How I Got My Agent: Dawn Kurtagich

"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: Elena Mechlin of Pippin Properties

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...

Literary Agent Interview: Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.

This installment features Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc. Previously an agent at Vigliano Associates and the Don Maass Agency, Andrea Somberg joined Harvey Klinger in the spring of 2005. She is seeking: both fiction and nonfiction, including literary, commercial, young adult, genre (romance, mystery, sf/fantasy) memoir, pop culture, how-to, self-help,...

WritersMarket.com Discounted in October

WritersMarket.com, our large online database of markets and literary agents (more than 8,000 markets and all), is having an awesome sale this month. Here’s the special pricing for October 2010: Complete WritersMarket.com Monthly Membership: $3.99 Complete WritersMarket.com 1-year Membership: $29.99 Complete WritersMarket.com 2-year Membership: $44.99  Sign up here! FEATURES OF WM.COM:...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mara Purnhagen

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 Mara Purnhagen. Mara Purnhagen cannot live without...

4 Factors for Choosing an MFA Program

Many struggle with the decision to pursue an MFA. Here are some insider opinions from a guy who teaches in both a traditional and low-residency program. 1. LIFESTYLE Many mistakenly believe that writing is an indulgence. Writing is not an indulgence: You give up other indulgences to write. And the low-residency program...

Successful Queries: Agent Jim McCarthy and “Freefall”

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 45th installment in this series is...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Perseverance

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”~ Thomas A. Edison Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Today I’m serving up 5...

How I Got My Agent: Lynn Rush

"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: Kate Folkers of Martin Literary Management

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...

Literary Agent Interview: Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates

This installment features Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates. Prior to joining Spencerhill in 2006, Jennifer received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. Trained as a psychotherapist, Jennifer enjoys using her clinical skills as an agent, coaching clients on issues surrounding...

The Value of Writing for Anthologies

An anthology offers many authors’ perspectives and styles on the same theme. It is a book of anticipation and readers’ opportunities filled with a variety of choices, colors, meanings and emotions. In one book readers are offered several authors and their work. Guest column by Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, founding general manager of WYCC-TV/PBS....