The 2012 Guide to Literary Agents Is Out! That Means Giveaways and 22 Reasons to Buy It.

The book is out and available in major bookstores!

The new 2012 edition of Guide to Literary Agents is out, all updated and packed with info. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 21 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 275,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you.

Buy it here! When you order it online from our WD shop, you get the same deep discount you find on Amazon. Need more reason to buy? How about some testimonials below from these very cool people.

THE GIVEAWAY: Comment on this post, and in one week’s time, I will pick three winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (Update: Karen, Tammy and Anna won.)








1. Marisha Chamberlain, The Rose Variations (Soho):

“Guide to Literary Agents oriented me, the lowly first-time novelist, embarking on an agent
search. The articles and the listings gave insight into the world of literary agents that allowed me to comport myself professionally and to persist. And I did find a terrific agent.”

2. Eugenia Kim, The Calligrapher’s Daughter (Holt)

“After so many years working on the novel, the relative speed of creating the query package prodded the impetus to send it out. As a fail-safe measure, I bought the Guide to Literary Agents and checked who might be a good fit for my novel…”

3. Eve Brown-Waite, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria (Broadway)

“I bought the Guide To Literary Agents … and came across Laney Katz Becker. So I sent off a very funny query. On March 15, 2007, Laney called. ‘I love your book,’ she said. ‘I’d like to represent you.’ Three and a half months (and several proposal revisions) later, Laney sold my book—at auction—in a six-figure deal.”




4. Mara Purnhagen, Tagged (Harlequin Teen)

“I trusted the Guide to Literary Agents to provide solid, up-to-date information to help me with the process. I now have a wonderful agent and a four-book deal.”

5. Richard Harvell, The Bells (Crown)

Guide to Literary Agents contains a wealth of information and good advice, and was crucial in my successful search for an agent. I found a great agent and my book has now sold in 11 territories and counting.”

6. Patrick Lee, The Breach (Harper)

“The Guide to Literary Agents has all the info you need for narrowing down a list of agencies to query.”


7. Karen Dionne, Freezing Point and Boiling Point (Jove)

“I’m smiling as I type this, because I actually got my agent via the Guide to Literary Agents. I certainly never dreamed that I’d tell my [success] story in the same publication!”

8. Heather Newton, Under the Mercy Trees (Harper Paperbacks)

“I’d definitely be interested in guest posting—especially since I found my literary agent through the Guide to Literary Agents!”

9. Michael Wiley, The Last Striptease and The Bad Kitty Lounge (Minotaur)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was very useful to me when I was getting started. I always recommend GLA to writers.”



10. Les Edgerton, Hooked and 9 more books

“Just signed with literary agent Chip MacGregor and I came upon him through the Guide to Literary Agents. If not for GLA, I’d probably still be looking.”

11. Jennifer Cervantes, Tortilla Sun (Chronicle)

“Within 10 days of initial submission, I found an energetic and amazing agent—and it’s all thanks to GLA.”

12. Carson Morton, Stealing Mona Lisa (St. Martin’s / Minotaur)

“I wanted to thank you for the Guide to Literary Agents. After contacting 16 literary agencies, number 17 requested the full manuscript of my historical novel. Within a few weeks, they offered to represent me. Hard work, perseverance, and good, solid, accurate information makes all the difference. Thanks again.”


13. Darien Gee, author of Friendship Bread: A Novel (April 2011; Ballantine Books)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was an indispensable tool for me when I was querying agents. I highly recommend it for any aspiring author—in addition to a comprehensive listing of literary agents, it contains valuable information about the query and submission process.”

14. Stephanie Barden, author of Cinderella Smith (April 2011; HarperCollins)

“When I felt my middle grade chapter book was finally ready for eyes other than mine to see it, I got some terrific advice: Go buy the Guide to Literary Agents. By the time I was through with it, it looked like it had gone to battle – it was battered and dog eared and highlighted and Post-It Noted. But it was victorious; I had an agent. Huge thanks, GLA – I couldn’t have done it without you!”

15. Lexi George, author of Demon Hunting in Dixie (April 2011; Brava)

“I positively haunted GLA on the road to publication. The Guide to Literary Agents is an invaluable resource for writers, whether you’re published or unpublished.”




16. Bill Peschel, author of Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature’s Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes (Perigee)

“The Guide to Literary Agents gave me everything I needed to sell Writers Gone Wild. It was the personal assistant who found me the right agents to pitch, the publicist who suggested conferences to attend, and the trusted adviser who helped me negotiate the path to publication.”

17. Laura Griffin, author of Unforgivable and eight other romantic suspense novels.

“Writing the book is only the first step. Then it’s time to find a home for it. The Guide to Literary Agents is filled with practical advice about how to contact literary agents who can help you market your work.”

18. Derek Taylor Kent (a.k.a. Derek the Ghost), author of Scary School

“The Guide to Literary Agents was absolutely instrumental to my getting an agent and subsequent three-book deal with HarperCollins.”





19. Tamora Pierce, best-selling author of dozens of novels for teens

“The best guide to literary agents is the Guide to Literary Agents, published by Writer’s Market Books … These listings will tell you the names and addresses of the agencies; if an agency is made up of more than one agent, they will list the different agents and what kinds of book they represent; they will include whether or not the agent will accept simultaneous submissions (submitting a manuscript to more agent than one).”

20. Wade Rouse, author of many books, including It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir)

“And when you think you’re done writing your book? Write some more. And when you think you’re finished? Set it aside for a while, go back, redraft, edit, rewrite and redraft … Then pick up the Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents.”

21. Brent Hartinger, author of several novels, including Geography Club

“Get an agent. Having a reputable agent means you will be taken much more seriously by busy editors who are eager to find any reason to reject your book (and if you’re agented, editors will offer you more money, more than canceling out the cost of the agent’s commission!). There are hundreds of good agents out there, with all kinds of different tastes (check The Guide to Literary Agents for a complete list).”


22. Jessica Brody, author of several novels (women’s fiction, YA), including The Karma Club

“To put it in perspective: It took me two years to finally find an agent to represent The Fidelity Files [my first novel] and once I did, she sold the manuscript in 10 days. That’s the difference an agent makes. I would recommend purchasing a membership for an online agent directory like You can also use an agent directory in book form like the Guide to Literary Agents.”











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112 thoughts on “The 2012 Guide to Literary Agents Is Out! That Means Giveaways and 22 Reasons to Buy It.


    I am taking several online creative writing courses through my local community college. I am starting to work on a few items to submit for publication. I have the 2011 Writer’s Market, but this book sounds like it would be a great addition for a writer’s collection. It lists almost every literary agent and is the most thorough? It can’t get any better than that! I lost my job eight months ago, so I am really trying to concentrate on my writing, since I haven’t been able to find other employment yet (it’s still tough out there!). I’m sorry I’m rambling on, but sometimes I just can’t stop writing.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my comment–

  2. ckj

    It sounds like a book no writer can live without! I have frequently seen the book at bookstores and on Amazon, but have not invested in it. I think buying such a phenomenal resource is a MUST!

  3. David Clark

    There are many times in everyone’s day when electronics cough and wheeze. No internet signal, no laptop convenience, batteries are dead in the voice recorder, that stuff is a pack of unreliable friends. For research, for educational purposes, for convenience, never forget the worth of a pocket notepad and pen, and a book like this that powers on and opens up anywhere you want to any page you want with cheetah speed.

  4. Beth Mac

    I’m too late to enter the contest, but I will say that I buy this resource every year and read it and write in it and love it. It’s the best. (Also love Les Edgerton’s ‘Hooked,’ which I’m currently studying. Writers will save themselves years of trial and error if they get his book.)

    1. Beth Mac

      Oops! Wrong market book. It’s the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (also by Writer’s Digest) that I buy every year. It does have a section on agents, though. : ) But they’re all spectacular.

      1. TheScribbler

        I am not commenting just to get the book because I am too poor to afford one, I just like writing comments on message boards. I actually really enjoy writing ‘first’ in the comments section as well leaving really confrontational messages I know will garner a response, and when I have time I like to write a brief paragraph advertising a dating or shopping site. My work here is done. (Please give me the book now)

  5. lisamaloney

    I’ve just recently tipped to the fact that I really do need an agent. If I’m lucky enough to win a free copy of your book, I promise it’ll be put to good use right away :-)