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Who better to ask for advice on how to keep an agent’s attention than an agent? Carlie Webber of CK Webber Associates maintains an excellent blog on all kinds of writing and … Read more
If you aspire to write a fiction book and get published the traditional way, you’ll need to know what to do before you query an agent. Today’s tip comes from Get an … Read more
Query letter writing is no doubt one of the hardest forms of writing to master. Here’s what agents and publishers need to see from you when you pitch your work. Read more
Is there a question you’ve always secretly wished you could ask a literary agent? Maybe you want privileged information … or maybe you want real, tell-it-to-me-straight advice. Maybe something’s been bugging you … Read more
Learn how to write a synopsis with quick and easy tips for synopsis formats, see synopsis examples from fiction writing, and become a pro at writing a synopsis! Read more
Literary agent Adriana Dominguez is looking for manuscripts. Find out what kind, learn about the most common mistakes she sees in query letters and more. Read more
Be on the lookout for these signals, which may indicate that agents and publishers are starting to take notice of your work. Read more
Editorial Manager Deborah Werksman is seeking romance novels, series and trilogies in the paranormal, time travel, romantic suspense, historical, contemporary and erotic genres for Sourcebooks Casablanca. She is also interested in innovative women’s fiction, as well as international and historical fiction. For submission guidelines, visit … Read more
Welcome to the new GLA Blog! All the Writer’s Digest sites have recently moved over to WordPress, and GLA has finally taken the plunge and joined them.
The most important thing to note here is that the blog will be exactly the same as the old blog you visited during the past four years. I will still have the same posts, the same content, the same pictures of my fat and semi-worthless dog. As these next weeks continue, I may or may not make changes so the blog is easier to navigate and more appealing. We’ll see.
Lastly, you may see that the most recent two months of posts did not transfer over. No worries. Those are all saved and I will be pulling those over one by one in the coming days/weeks. All is well.
Q: Doesn’t it seem like agents are just looking for excuses to reject work? —Anonymous A: Actually, the complete opposite is true. Agents don’t want to reject your work, they want to … Read more
Author-turned-agent Jennifer Lawler gives you the inside scoop on what agents really do and how knowing the truth could endear you to one.
by Jennifer Lawler Read more
The best ideas can start out running wild—but you’ll need to train them onto the page if you want to write that novel you have inside of you. Here’s how.
by N.M. Kelby
Here are the essential specs for a successful synopsis. Bookmark this page and always cross-reference before sending out any synopsis.
Writers often find that the synopsis is the most difficult component of their novel submission package. Here we break it down for you so you can spend less time stressing and more time writing.
by Chuck Sambuchino and the Editors of Writer’s Digest Books
Here are 10 common query letter mistakes that could get your idea rejected.
by Ann Rittenberg
Here are the tools you need to write a query letter that sets you apart from the pack.
by Ann Rittenberg
Just because you’re excited someone wants to represent you doesn’t mean you should let them take advantage of you. Beware of these red flags when negotiating contracts with agents.
by Howard G. Zaharoff
Today, writers need to weigh their options carefully—and know what they’re up against.
by Andrea Hurst
Composing a good query letter is vital to getting an agent hooked on a self-published book. Read more
Looking for an agent? Here are 28 reps willing to work with new writers and give your manuscript a fair shake. (Expanded Edition)
By Chuck Sambuchino Read more
Before you dive in, check out these essential tips on submitting your work to an agent.
by Chuck Sambuchino Read more
Nobody likes dealing with a high-maintenance author, especially agents and editors. Here are 18 tips that will endear you to those who can help you publish or perish.
by Mary E. Demuth Read more