Genre Writing

Agent Advice: Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary (formerly the Ellen Pepus Literary Agency)

This installment features Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary (formerly the Ellen Pepus Literary Agency). She is seeking: "narrative nonfiction, including history, true crime, science, adventure, and memoir, as well as self-help, health and diet, food and cooking, travel, entertainment, popular culture, how-to and humor. She also represents a wide range...

Agent Advice: Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency

This installment features Mary Sue Seymour, of The Seymour Agency. She is seeking: Mary is looking for new clients who write any type of romance including historical, contemporary category, contemporary mainstream, suspense, paranormal, regency or inspirational. She wants nonfiction about real life heroes, prescriptive books, cookbooks, and basically any type of nonfiction...

Agent Advice: Scott Eagan of Greyhaus Literary

This installment features Scott Eagan, founder of Greyhaus Literary Agency near Seattle. He is seeking: Scott Eagan represents writers of romance and women's fiction. See more online at his website. In his words: "I am ACTIVELY (can I make that any louder?) looking for Hot and Steamy contemporary romances for...

New Agent Alert: Josh Getzler of Writers House

Editor's note: As of summer 2011, Josh is now agenting with the Hannigan Salky Getzler 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...

My Adventures in Smith Mountain Lake…

Last week I got the chance to present for the Smith Mountain Lake Writers Group down in southwest Virginia (think near Roanoke). The talk drew in a decent crowd—considering the holiday so close—and attracted writers from several counties.

New Agent Alert: Guichard Cadet of Serendipity Literary

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. Guichard Cadet...

New Agent Alert: Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary

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...

Lucienne Diver Moves to the Knight Agency

Lucienne Diver, an accomplished and experienced agent has moved from the Spectrum Agency to The Knight Agency. I got the chance to meet Lucienne when I was presenting in Florida and she was a joy to be around.  I learned the news by reading the blog of Nephele Tempest, another agent...

Why Can't I Get Past the Query?

Q. I know this will sound trite, but I have exhausted a multitude of possibilities, and have come up with a dismal fact. Unless you are a well-known actor or perhaps a sports personality, having a manuscript even looked at is like urinating on a rope and expecting the flow to...

The Newest Genre: Elegant Erotica

Elegant Erotica: Not romance. Not Penthouse. But a gentle blendbetween the two. We haven’t had a new genre on the blog since “Cyberbilly” back in July, so I was excited to make this post, even if it is 1 a.m. This genre was coined by Verna Dreisbach at a speakers’ dinner. (Verna...

New Agent Alert: Verna Dreisbach at Dreisbach Literary

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. Verna Dreisbach...

Susan Ann Protter Seeks Thrillers

AAR Agent Susan Ann Protter is currently looking for a few good thriller writers. She recently updated her listing, saying that she is looking for new mystery and thriller writers. Susan accepts queries by snail mail: Susan Ann Protter, Literary Agent, 110 W. 40th St., Suite 1408, New York, NY 10018. Those...

New Agency Alert: Wolfson Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agencies 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. Michelle Wolfson...

New Agency Alert: PlainSmart Publishing Agency (Complete)

Reminder: Newer agencies 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. Previously, I...

Agent Advice: John Ware of John A. Ware Literary Agency

This installment features literary agent John Ware of John A. Ware Literary in Manhattan. John was an editor at Doubleday for eight years, (during which time he taught the industry-wide editorial course at NYU), then spent a year as an agent with James Brown Associates/Curtis Brown, Ltd. Submissions: Fiction wants: detective,...

Contest for Romance Writers

Thanks to the Writer Beware blog, I heard about a good writing competition for romance scribes. It’s called the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition, and writers can submit until Aug. 22. All the nitty-gritty details are online, but the basics are these: The contest calls for full romance mss that have...

Agent Advice: David Hale Smith of DHS Literary, Inc.

This installment features David Hale Smith, founder of DHS Literary, Inc. in Dallas. His sales and management work has been mentioned in numerous publications, including Publishers Weekly and Daily Variety. He is seeking: He works with literary and commercial fiction - especially mysteries, suspense novels and thrillers—as well as a broad...

Agent Advice: Janet Benrey of Benrey Literary

This installment features Janet Benrey, founder of Benrey Literary in New Bern, N.C. Janet founded Benrey Literary in 2006. Previously with Hartline Literary Agency, Janet worked several jobs that have had two common themes: marketing and publishing. A published novelist, she's co-written seven cozy mysteries with her husband. She is seeking:...

Agent Advice: Jonathan Lyons of Lyons Literary

This installment features AAR member Jonathan Lyons, founder of Lyons Literary LLC, in New York City. He is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD) and Washington University in St. Louis (BA). He worked for both Curtis Brown, Ltd. and McIntosh & Otis, Inc., before founding Lyons Literary...