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Conferencing for Introverts

You’ve decided this is it, the year to attend a writer’s conference. Forms are filled, hotel and plane tickets are booked, and a satisfied warmth fills you at pulling the trigger on this writing milestone.But as the day approaches, your brain buzzes. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kim Fu

7. If you meet a writer and you like their work and you like them as a person, never let them go. Maintain that friendship at all costs. Across time and geography. Support them in everything they do. Celebrate their every victory (even if it coincides with your loss) and mourn their every loss (even if you were the winner). Show More Summary

How I Got My Agent: Kirsten Chen

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Kirsten Chen, author of SOY SAUCE FOR BEGINNERS. Her agent is Michelle Brower of Folio Literary. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Show More Summary

Agent Jill Corcoran Puts Out Call For “Commercial Chapter Books and Middle Grade”

It's always a nice thing when a literary agent stops what they're doing and puts out a call for submissions concerning a specific genre or two. And that's exactly what agent Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary Agency) did last month. Show More Summary

The Pros and Cons of Getting a Creative Writing MFA

If you’ve been writing long enough, you’ve probably considered getting a Masters in Fine Arts degree. Perhaps you checked the tuition costs, choked, and wondered: Is it really worth it? That’s a tough call. Plenty of successful writers do not have advanced degrees. Show More Summary

Make a New Year’s Power Grab

We all know writing is hard. But most of us also know that it isn’t really the writing that’s hard—it’s writing in the face of all the psychological crap around being a writer that’s hard. Multiply these everyday difficulties by theShow More Summary

Jan 13 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (With Critique): Crafting Queries, Opening Pages, Synopses, and Nonfiction That Get Noticed

When your submission materials arrive in an agent's inbox, they land among hundreds of others. Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories when submitting materials: they try too hard, or not enough. This Writer'sShow More Summary

You Should Really Write a Memoir — Webinar by Agent Regina Brooks (With Proposal Critique), Jan. 6, 2014

If you’ve ever been told that “you should really write a book about your life” and you’ve decide to give it a try, this webinar is for you! Instructor and literary agent Regina Brooks will hone in on the three key measures necessaryShow More Summary

Happy Holidays to All!

The GLA Blog will be taking a small break during Christmas week, and starting back up again with daily posts as of Monday, January 30, 2013. It has been a fantastic record-setting year in terms of the blog's page views and hits, and I'll be celebrating with a contest early in the new year. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Katie Reed of Andrea Hurst & Associates

About Katie: Katie obtained her Bachelor’s in English from California State University, Sacramento, but the most enlightening part of her college career was her internship with Andrea Hurst & Associates. There she discovered her passion for being part of the process that connects compelling stories with book-hungry readers. Show More Summary

The Art of the Query — Dec. 19 Webinar by Agent Michelle Brower (Comes With a Query Critique!)

It's no secret that the query letter is a difficult monster to tame. Plenty of people say that writing a concise, compelling query is not much easier than writing the manuscript itself. Because a query is your all-important first contact...Show More Summary

How I Got My Agent: Robert L. Owens

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Robert L. Owens, author of POINTMAN. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. Show More Summary

Agent Jordy Albert Puts Out a Call For YA, Mid Grade and New Adult

Literary agent Jordy Albert (The Booker Albert Literary Agency) recently reached out to me and asked for an agent spotlight. She wants to get the word out about how she is actively seeking young adult, middle grade and new adult submissions from new authors. Show More Summary

Agent One-on-One Boot Camp: How to Write and Sell New Adult Fiction — Starts Nov. 4, and Has Agents Critiquing Your Work

New Adult fiction (novels featuring protagonists ages 18-25) has swiftly become the hottest thing in both self-publishing and traditional publishing. New authors are making astonishing strides in this category and making great deals with the big traditional houses. Show More Summary

Open Your Eyes and Ears, Inspiration is all Around You.

My friends who know me, I mean really know me, keep asking where I got the idea to start writing picture books. “Where did you get the idea for a monster needing a costume?” They would ask. In a bit of a condescending way I might add, which I kind of deserve. Show More Summary

Write a Page Turner: An Agent’s Secrets to Creating Stories that Readers Can’t Put Down — One-on-One Nov. 15 Boot Camp (With 2,000-Word Critque)

As I write this, there are only 27 seats left (out of 60 total) for the forthcoming Agent One-on-One Boot Camp that starts this Friday, November 15, 2013. So I'll get right to the point. Literary agents Paula Munier and Rachael Dugas...Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency is seeking: She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult fiction, and select nonfiction. With respect to fiction: she is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Helene Wicker

1. Write everything down. I’m in the grocery store, staring vaguely at the produce, when the heavens open up and a great writing idea lands in my brain. I know I should stop and write it down. But isn't that a little weird, to pull out my notebook in the middle of the Safeway? I’ll look like a moody Goth kid scribbling in her diary. Show More Summary

My Adventures in … Los Angeles and Writer’s Digest Conference West 2013

I know it was 6 weeks ago, but I still wanted to post some great photos of our latest Writer's Digest Conference -- this one in Los Angeles in late September 2013. It's always great to meet west coast writers. I know our agents who attended the Pitch Slam and met writers commented that the talent pool at the event was quite high. Show More Summary

Outlining Your Novel: Create a Roadmap to Storytelling Success — Nov 17 Webinar With Critique by K.M. Weiland

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. Won’t outlines limit your creativity and rob the joy of discovery from your first draft? Why spend all that time preparing for a story when you could be writing it? But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Show More Summary

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