Guide to Literary Agents 2018

Here, you’ll find online exclusives related to the print edition of Guide to Literary Agents 2018. I’ve tried to include topics that enhance the articles already in the guide, including articles on the essential packing guide for a conference and tips for queries, synopses, and the first page. I’ve also included info that didn’t make it into the book, like an article on beta readers and the benefits of participating in Twitter pitch contests. You can find most of this information on the Guide to Literary Agents blog, but I thought it would be convenient to cull together some of the best of the best in one convenient place. Check back often, as I’ll be adding more articles to this page—including some you may not see on the normal blog!

GLA News

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tom Leveen

The publishing industry can leave you with more than a few bumps and bruises along the way—from changing agents to losing editors and struggling with marketing. Veteran author Tom Leveen shares seven things you need to know as you begin your authorial career.
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Strong Beginnings: A Trick to Editing Your Novel

The best beginnings possess a magical quality that grabs readers from the first word and never lets them go. But beginnings aren’t just the door into a fiction world. They are the gateway to the realm of publishing—one that could shut as quickly as it opens. Nail a beginning and you...

The Art of Taking Critique

Technically, I’ve been criticized—I mean “critiqued”—my entire career. Whether it’s getting feedback from an audience at a play reading, notes from a book editor, or a room rewrite of a television script, my job is to translate opinions into positive changes for whatever project I’m working on. It’s a tricky business...

8 Things Every Blogging Writer Should Know

1. Headlines Matter Most. If your goal is to get people to click on something, you need a killer headline. It has to be interesting, short, and hopefully provocative without being linkbait. The headline (and blog post) I’m most proud of is "He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day...