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New Literary Agent Alert: Danielle Smith of Foreword Literary

She is seeking: "Danielle is currently looking for picture books, early readers and chapter books with characters that embody the true essence of what it means to be a child. She’s not afraid to represent all that this encompasses whether it be vibrant joyous stories to darker and harder to tackle subjects such as bullying, loss and death. Show More Summary

7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

If you're struggling with writer's block, don't get discouraged. This happens to every great writer at some point, and it’s easy to overcome it. I get stuck many times in the middle of a novel. I lose my muse and don't feel like writing. Show More Summary

Debut Author Interview: Anna Loan-Wilsey, Author of A LACK OF TEMPERANCE

It's time to meet another debut author and see how they found their literary agent and got published. These interviews are a great opportunity to see what debut writers did right on their journey as well as what they wished they did different. Today, we meet novelist Anna Loan-Wilsey, author of the historical mystery A LACK OF TEMPERANCE. Read more

Agent Advice: Shira Hoffman of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

This interview features Shira Hoffman of McIntosh & Otis, Inc. Shira began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and has been with M&O since 2007. In 2013, she took over as Director of Subsidiary Rights. She also TweetsShow More Summary

Debut Author Interview: Ryan McIlvain, Author of ELDER

This debut author interview and spotlight is with 2013 success story Ryan McIlvain, author of ELDERS (March 2013, Hogarth).ELDERS is literary fiction. Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here, said, “Elders is a refreshingly earnest, clear-eyed, and self-assured debut by a young writer to watch. Show More Summary

How to Submit Your Book to Agents — May 2, 2013 Webinar by Agent Kate McKean (With Critique)

Submitting your work to literary agents seems like a straightforward thing, doesn't it? But the truth is that they are many ins and outs to researching agents, writing a query letter that works, submission etiquette & protocol, and more. Show More Summary

Debut Author Interview: J. Michael Major, Author of the Thriller ONE MAN’S CASTLE

It's time for another author interview with a writer celebrating the release of their first book. Today we meet J. Michael Major, author of the debut thriller ONE MAN'S CASTLE (Five Star, April 2013.)J. Michael Major is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. Show More Summary

How I Got My Agent: Christian Schoon

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Christian Schoon, author of ZENN SCARLETT. 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

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kate Southwood

5. If you let life get in the way, it will. I finished my MFA knowing that I would be moving to Oslo with my Norwegian husband right after graduation. I had allowed myself to stop writing while I was preparing for the move, rationalizing that I was busy selling or shipping all my worldly possessions. Show More Summary

Debut Author Interview: Aaron Hartzler, Author of the YA Memoir RAPTURE PRACTICE

It's time for another debut author interview. I love profiling debut authors because I think their stories to publication are excellent roadmaps for other writers trying to get published. This interview is with YA memoir writer Aaron...Show More Summary

2013 Writer’s Digest Conference: Some Pictures

The 2013 Writer's Digest Conference in NYC was this past weekend, April 5-7, 2013, and everything was a blast. The sessions were well received, the attendees were nice, the big pitch slam was smooth, and everyone seemed to have a good time.Here are some pictures from the event to check out. Show More Summary

3 Secrets of the Greats: Structure Your Story for Ultimate Reader Addiction — April 11 Webinar

Every story needs a great plot. A lot's been said about the subject -- from advice on composing a great ending to having a three-act structure framework. But there's more to plot and structure -- a lot more. So the good news is that we have writer & editor A. Show More Summary

5 Tips to Help You Make Your Deadline

1. Do the math. Before you undertake the final throes of a deadline, you should map out how much time you have and how much writing you have to do. It's a terrible SAT math question: if a novelist only has so much time to write x-amount...Show More Summary

Why You Need a Literary Agent: Novelist Bernadette Pajer Interviews Her Agent, Jill Grosjean

Emerging writers often ask me if literary agents are necessary in today's publishing world. I say, emphatically, yes! Why? Because after the current turbulent evolution of publishing stabilizes, traditional publishers will continue to exist and play a vital role in the production of books. Show More Summary

Agent Advice: Kristina Holmes of The Holmes Agency

This installment features Kristina Holmes of The Holmes Agency. She began her literary career at Ebeling & Associates, and after six years left to start her own venture. Fueled by a passion to bring meaningful books to the world, on January 2012, her agency was born. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jeanne Ryan

1. Learning to write synopses well is a golden skill. You’re probably aware that if you can master these little guys, you’ll have a leg up on selling manuscripts on proposal, competing in writing contests and applying for grants. But...Show More Summary

Agents Barbara Poelle and Holly Root Cover It All With Their “How to Write a Successful Novel: The Craft, Techniques, and Strategies” Webinar on March 28

If you don't know who Barbara Poelle and Holly Root are, I'll tell you. They are both awesome literary agents who both sell a lot of books and also are extremely good at teaching writers how to improve their work. Basically, they're super-cool and super-smart. Show More Summary

Story Problems? Maybe You Need a Good Piece of Device

Find your device early in your planning or drafting process. Laura Whitcomb included devices in a book about first drafts for a reason. In The Anatomy of Story, John Truby puts the device fourth in a twenty-two step process. He usesShow More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Kaylee Davis of Dee Mura Literary

Kaylee is seeking: Kaylee is actively seeking to build her client list in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, and young adult; bonus points if there are elements of steampunk, coming-of-age, urban fantasy, espionage, social commentary, or counter culture. Show More Summary

Story Physics: How to Craft Your Best Fiction — New March 21 Webinar With “Storyfixer” Larry Brooks (With Synopsis Critique!)

We all know that writers want to take their novel (or screenplay) to the next level. That's why we have "The StoryFixer" Larry Brooks teaching the all-new webinar "From Good to Great: How to Apply the Principles of Story Physics to Craft the Best Fiction of Your Life" at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Show More Summary

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