Recently, I announced the release of the 100th edition of Writer's Market, also known as "the big book on getting published." But I'm also excited to announce the impending release of the 30th edition of Guide to Literary Agents!
Whenever I start discussing the Market Books, I'm inevitably asked the million dollar question: What's the difference between Writer's Market and Guide to Literary Agents? Well, it's pretty simple: Writer's Market is the "big book" that covers everything related to publishing, while Guide to Literary Agents really hones in on the process of landing a literary agent for your book project and writing career.
An analogy I like to make is that Writer's Market is kind of like the Walmart of the Market Books in that it has the most overall listings and a little bit of every type of listing, while Guide to Literary Agents is like a specialty store that doesn't have everything under the sun, but it really does deep dive into its niche. In this case, Guide to Literary Agents is the specialty book dedicated to literary agents.
As such, this 30th edition of Guide to Literary Agents is filled with great articles dedicated to landing and working with literary agents. It also has more literary agent listings than Writer's Market in addition to listings for writing conferences, where writers can often meet and pitch agents. If your main goal is to land an agent, this truly is the guide for you.
Until next we meet, keep writing and marketing what you write.
Robert Lee Brewer, Senior Editor