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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....

My Adventures in … Clarksville, TN

This past weekend, I was part of the faculty for the Clarksville Writers Conference (at Austin Peay State University) in Tennessee. Now in its seventh year, I enjoy the CWC because it's a great example of a conference that just grows a little bit each year and continues to do well. (I taught there...

How I Got My Agent: Miriam Gershow

"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...

Agent Irene Goodman On: How to Write a Thriller

1. I look for something that jumps out at me in an original way. So many thriller queries sound the same that they all start to blur. I lean toward things that have a romanticized air to them, such as finding Noah's Ark or chasing down some ancient legend or artifact. But so much...

Some Tips for Writing a Series

When you find yourself in the position of planning or being contracted for a series of books—whether for two or twenty-two—it’s important to keep track of the details, and have a final goal in mind for your characters to reach. Guest column by Jess Haines, author of Hunted by the Others, the first in an...

New Agent Alert: Foladé Bell of Serendipity 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. She is seeking: literary, upmarket...

Alice Pope Interviews Me on the SCBWI Blog

Alice Pope, the former editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market, interviewed me yesterday on her big SCBWI blog. It was the former editor of CWIM talking to the new editor, and it was a fun little back-and-forth. See the interview here. You might also like:No Related Posts

Agent Advice: Seth Fishman of Sterling Lord Literistic

UPDATE SEPT. 2010: Seth is now agenting with The Gernert Company. ————- “Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else....

5 Rules for Writing YA

1. The life of the story depends on the writer’s ability to convince the reader that the protagonist is one of them. Teens despise fakes. You must know kids well enough to channel their voices, thoughts and emotions. 2. Don’t condescend to your readers. Young people won’t abide stories that suggest their turmoil or idealism...

How I Got My Agent: Cicily Janus

"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...

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''Rock'N Me'' by Steve Miller Band

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 “Rock’n...

A Day in the Life of a Querier

8:00 a.m. You’re raring to go. You check and re-check your query letter. 8:30 a.m. You look over your list of agents to query and choose one. You double-check their guidelines and press send. You feel pretty darn good about yourself. You are confident she’ll love it. 10:00 a.m. By now you’ve sent off queries to...

How to Back Up Your Blog and Save Content

Most people back up their computers, but forget about backing up their blog. If you write all your posts in Word or some other word processor, you might be able to patch things up if your blogging service or ISP throws a hissy fit; if not, you’re kinda sorta screwed. Fortunately, backing up a...

How I Got My Agent: Teddy Wayne

"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...