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WritersMarket.com Discounted in October

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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....

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Matt Myklusch

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 Matt Myklusch. Matt Myklusch spends his days...

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...