The 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is Out! Here are 28 Reasons to Buy It (and a Giveaway Contest)

The book is out and available in major bookstores!

The new 2013 edition of the 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 22 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 300,000 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 just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks, I will pick 3 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (Thank you to all who entered. The winners are Nicole Evelina, Robin.Deffendall and Julia Monroe Martin.)  








1. Marisha Chamberlain, author of the literary fiction novel 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, author of the literary novel 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, author of the humorous memoir 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, author of the young adult novel 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, author of the mainstream fiction novel 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, author of the thrillers 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, author of the literary fiction novel 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, author of the crime/noir novels 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, author of the book for kids, 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, author of the literary novel 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 the middle grade novel 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 the paranormal romance 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 the nonfiction book 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 the novel for kids, 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.”

23. Dianna Dorisi Winget, author of the middle grade novel A Smidgen of Sky (Harcourt, 2012)

Guide to Literary Agents is simply the best writing reference book out there. I don’t think I would have landed an agent without it.”

24. Adam Brownlee, author of Building a Small Business That Warren Buffett Would Love (John Wiley and Sons, 2012)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was invaluable for me in many ways. Specifically, the sections on ‘Write a Killer Query Letter’ and ‘Nonfiction Book Proposals’ enabled me to put together a package that led to the publication of my book.”



25. Carole Brody Fleet, author of the self-help book Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond!) the Grief of Widowhood (Viva Editions)

“I am not overstating it when I say that Guide to Literary Agents was absolutely instrumental in my landing an agent. Moreover, I wound up with numerous agents from which to choose—how often does THAT happen to an unknown and unpublished author? Thank you again for this book. It not only changed my life forever, but it led to our being able to serve the widowed community around the world.”

26. Kelly Fiore, author of the young adult novel Food Fight (2013, Walker Books for Young Readers)

There are many web resources for writers – resources about agents, about editors, about craft, and so on. What I love most about the GLA blog is that it’s a comprehensive resource – a place to go for information that spans more than just one topic and that covers everything that today’s writers need to know.

27. Terri Lynn Merritts, writer

“I love the Guide to Literary Agents. I am admin of the Vegetarian page (over 239,000 members) at and I used the GLA to find a literary agent to represent the vegan cookbook I am working on. The very first agent I approached loved it and now we are working together. The articles in the Guide to Literary Agents showed me how to research the perfect agent and approach her. The listings gave me all the information I needed to find that perfect agent on my very first try. I owe all of this to the help I got from the Guide To Literary Agents and the priceless information it contains. This book really works for writers who need and want to find an agent.”

28. Chana Stiefel, writer

“I am a huge fan of the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents. I queried agents for a new humor book and just signed with Laurie Fox at Linda Chester and Associates.”


Buy the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents here!






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294 thoughts on “The 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is Out! Here are 28 Reasons to Buy It (and a Giveaway Contest)

  1. rj vickers

    I love this book and use it as my automatic go-to for agency references. However, I am working for a very reputable agency that is not listed. How might I go about getting this agency listed in the 2014 GLA?

  2. Graelyn

    I love Writer’s Digest. I subscribe to the magazine, but also enjoy getting the e-newsletters. There is just so much useful information available. I look forward each week to my e-newsletter. I wish it came more often.

  3. bjhollace

    Writer’s Digest is like a household name where writers turn to get quality information. I really enjoyed Andrea Hurst’s webinar. You have top-notch teachers as well as great books. It would be great to win the Guide to Literary Agents to get my manuscripts off my desk and into a bookstore near you. Thanks!

  4. CarlyMc

    If you can’t find the time to write everyday, I highly recommend taking the WD class “Fitting Writing Into Your Life.” I wish I’d taken this class twenty years ago. It really gets you on the road to a writing routine and a better-organized life. The required reading “The Productive Writer” by Sage Cohen is a gem of a book, full of pithy information. You could just read the book, but the assignments help put all the steps into place. Thank you, Writer’s Digest!

  5. brewelo

    Writer’s Digest is already a great place to learn about new agents, so I shouldn’t be surprised it’s the first place I heard about the GLA. The testimonials make it sound indispensable, but the truth is: Chuck’s recommendation is enough to convince me I’m going to need this if I’m going to be a professional writer someday.

  6. dblayne

    Last July I bought a copy of Writer’s Digest in Barnes and Noble. I’ve purchased it before, read it, and forgotten about it, but this time was different. It has changed my life. Since that time I have read a bunch of writing books, written a bunch of short stories, entered a few contests and I am 30 pages into my first novel. I just finished one WD course, and I start another tomorrow. Hopefully, before too long, I will be at the point of seriously needing to look for an agent. Thank you, Writer’s Digest, for helping my Muse come out of the closet!
    : )

  7. CarolBaldwin

    I have subscribed to Writer’s Digest for over 30 years and continue to learn from its pages. I’d love a copy of this book–it would help me find an agent for the YA historical novel I’m writing!!

  8. Goat Granny

    75,879 words in my WIP. If I hurry, I could get those 3,000 last words added before my copy of the GLA arrives. It would crown my years of following WD with the final inspiring prompt.

  9. jdrhawkins

    I would be extremely grateful to receive a copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents. I am self published, with a good sales track record, but an agent would be very beneficial in furthering my writing career. Please consider me for the giveaway. Thank you very much.

  10. j. marechal

    I love a lot of the books WD puts out… but right now I’m really liking their monthly writing competition. Even as I type this I’m thinking of a girl in an alley who’s lost her umbrella. As someone who’s forever (subconsciously) attempting to leave her umbrella behind, well… I’ve got to leave here & go enter an opening sentence to match that prompt… cross your fingers for me ;}

  11. joannakcooke

    Even though I don’t have anything submission-ready right now (three projects in revision), I love the new agent posts. It keeps me thinking about the next step and how to get there!

  12. Alison Smela

    I enjoy the connection with those who share my love for the written word. I feel supported and grateful for all the wise men and women who constitute the Writer’s Digest family. I honor the footsteps that have been laid for me to follow as I approach the path of publishing before me. As a first time author, most of this is overwhelming and a bit daunting. I’d very much appreciate a copy of this book because I need all the help I can get!

  13. psunique

    Chuck’s guide is particularly helpful in that he lists agents by interest in the LITERARY AGENTS SPECIALTIES INDEX. This is particularly helpful even if you have a hard-to-characterize book. E.g., one of my novels is a dark humorous apocalyptic literary novel that is very humorous.

  14. shantipoet

    For years, I’ve relied on WD for the most reliable news and resources about the publishing industry. I’ve recently discovered the insightful blogs, as well.

  15. Jules-M

    Thank you writer’s digest for the very informative articles. When I find one that is particularly, mindbendingly interesting I save it as a pdf so I can always have it as a reference. 😀

  16. BB

    WD has very informative articles about writing. I’m lazy and need a push every once in a while to get back on track with my writing schedule. I keep my copies of the magazine and go through them constantly looking for ideas to make writing easier. WD is my safety net.

  17. apimmie

    I love WD’s writing tip of the day. Even a good writer needs a gentle nudge now and again. This book would be tres helpful to me as I am looking for an internship at an agency and am hoping to become a great one someday.

  18. Angelcat

    I would very much love a copy of this guide as I am searching for publishers for science fiction and fantasy as well as poetry. This would be an awesome guide. I had one several years ago and it is one of the greatest assets a writer can have. Writer’s Digest is one of the reasons I started writing and I have entered several of its contests for poets and even one for short stories. I can remember the WD was one of the first publications that made me want to read more and write. Thanks Writer’s Digest for so much great reading. :o)

  19. BookLover2

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  20. kaebethel

    I’ve just found the site (thanks Twitter recommendations), but it seems like a wonderful resource for writers or just lovers of English. I’m currently working on two degrees (English and Psychology) and have several book ideas planned, and this book would be incredibly helpful!


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