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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

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Michael Logan, Author of APOCALYPSE COW

2. You may have to compromise to gain commercial success. As an artist working in a commercially driven industry, you could face an uncomfortable choice. Your agent and publisher will usually look at your labour of love with an eye on what is right for the market, not what is right for your vision. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Karen Dietrich

1. Write through the wait. When The Girl Factory was on submission to publishers last October, I felt like I was in limbo. There is a waiting game to play and I’m terribly impatient. The first few days, I spend a lot of time checking...Show More Summary

Make the Most of your Indie Bookstore Event

It’s important to realize that the speaking/reading/signing engagement is the tip of an iceberg, promotionally. Whether you have dozens of people lined up for you, or you fight off the despair that creeps in when the seats are empty, your event should yield more publicity and generate more sales than what hits the register while you’re there. Show More Summary

My Writing Life: GNOME ATTACK Mentioned by Mental Floss, and I’m Signing Books at Cincinnati’s Book Festival on Oct. 12, 2013

I will be signing books at Cincinnati's huge book festival, Books by the Banks, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Come by and say hello! But there are way more reasons to pop by the festival than to see me. Show More Summary

How to Start a New Novel in 22 Easy Steps

1. Open a new Word document. 2. Save it as tentative book title. 3. Wonder if any other books have this title 4. Check Twitter. 5. Google tentative book title. 6. Feel relieved that you're somewhat original... Read more

Win Free Tickets to “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham on Broadway — Free NYC Giveaway

We have a very special new contest going down right now on the GLA Blog. Here's the deal. On Broadway right now, there is an awesome play adapted from John Grisham's novel, A Time to Kill. It features a huge cast, including some amazing veteran actors you've seen in a bunch of movies -- such as Tom Skerritt of Alien, Top Gun and MASH. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Adam Muhlig of McIntosh & Otis

About Adam: He was formerly Director of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Muhlig has been active as an independent appraiser of literary materials, including books, original manuscripts, letters, and other archival materials, for over fifteen years. Show More Summary

5 Easy Steps to Conquer the Heartache of Rejection

There is no writer, no matter how famous and fabulous, who doesn’t deal with rejection. One might say that the difference between a published writer and an unpublished writer is that one of them was persistent in the face of rejection and the other one simply folded. Show More Summary

How I Got My Agent: Rachel Coker

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring RACHEL COKER, author of the novel INTERRUPTED. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Show More Summary

Balancing Act: How to Live Life as a Wife, Mother & Writer

I wear many hats. I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, an editor, a writer and a friend. How do I achieve success? Through a careful balance of discipline, prioritizing, self-motivation and mercy. I have 24 in a day and usually allocate eight for sleeping. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ben Stroud

1. Writing Routines Are Only So Valuable. I used to be a stickler for routine. My desk needed to be just so. I needed the room (and preferably the apartment) to myself. I needed non-vocal music (classical or soundtracks). Then I moved to a one-bedroom apartment in Germany. Show More Summary

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