Genre Writing

New Agent Alert: George Bick of the Doug Grad 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. He is...

Agent Advice: Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

his installment features Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Matt has been in the publishing community since 1985, including 14 years in the book division of the William Morris Agency. He is looking for: fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and mysteries as well as a select group of literary writers. He represents...

How I Got My Agent: Kate Douglas

"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,...

Agent Advice: Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency

This installment features Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Lucienne joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years at Spectrum Literary Agency. She has sold more than 600 titles to every major publisher and has built a client list of more than 40 authors spanning the commercial fiction...

Stacia Decker Finds a New Home at Donald Maass Literary

Word round the campfire is that agent Stacia Decker has joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency.  Stacia was an editor for a while, then joined Firebrand Literary earlier this year.  Firebrand kind of abruptly closed in summer 2009, and three agents formed Upstart Crow Literary while Stacia moved over to Donald Maass....

Agent Advice: Susanna Einstein of LJK Literary Management

This installment features Susanna Einstein of LJK Literary Management. Susanna has worked in publishing since 1995 and is one of the founding agents at LJK, where, since 2005, she has been building a client list and selling projects ranging from children’s picture books to adult literary fiction. She is seeking:...

New Agency Alert: The OnyxHawke Agency

Editor's Note: There's a new agency that opened several months ago I thought I would tell you about. I haven't met Mr. Kabongo, but I've looked over the site and he seems very legit. It's also a pleasure to see someone who specializes in sci-fi and fantasy - not usually popular...

How I Got My Agent: Lisa Dale

"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,...

Agent Advice: Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency

This installment features literary agent Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, who specializes in romance. She has 13 years of professional experience as a literary agent, editor, writer and bookseller. Laura began her career as a literary agent at Manus and Associates Literary Agency and is a member of the...

Agent Advice: Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich

This installment features Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich. Jim interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University. Seeking: "literary and commercial works. He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also...

Agent Advice: Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc.

This installment features Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc. A native Southerner, Kate earned her Master's degree in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi before starting her career as a literary agent. She is seeking: Her interests lie in literary fiction, contemporary women's fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy,...

Agent Advice: Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary

This installment features Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC. She is seeking: Fiction areas of interest: Single Title Romance (Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense), Women's Lit (must have a strong hook), Young Adult, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, Medical or Legal Fiction (something that hasn't been done before), Literary Fiction. Nonfiction areas...

Agent Advice: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary

This installment features Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary. She is seeking:"chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, humor, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (women's, urban, steampunk, unique), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, dark comedies, speculative fic), narrative non-fiction (pop culture,...

Sandy Lu Joins L. Perkins Agency

Lori Perkins has an agency in New York. I blogged this agency a while back when Jenny Rappaport left the agency to form her own. Now, Lori has taken on a new agent: Sandy Lu. Fiction areas of interest: literary and commercial fiction, upscale women's fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, and historical...

New Agent Alert: Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary

Kristin Nelson, of Nelson Literary in Denver, has announced that her long-time assistant, Sara Megibow, is now a full acquiring agent. Sara has worked with Kristin for some time (and therefore has probably learned everything she ever needed to know about agenting), and has helped sell several books.

Classifying Your Work

Q. When classifying your book should you be more general and just consider it ‘suspense’ vs. ‘murder mystery suspense’? A: More specific is always good!  It shows that you have done research and understand how genres and markets work.  You should also be able to identify markets better.  Look for agents...