Blog Blast: Literary Agents’ Advice for Writers

Happy weekend, all! As a followup to my last post, I’ve gathered recent posts composed by literary agents for writers. I hope you find them as insightful as I did.

Have the BEST book idea? Mike Larsen, of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, shares 16 Questions for Test-Marketing Your Book Idea on his award-winning blog. 

Think your book is publish-ready? In her post, I Don’t Believe You, Janet Reid, of Fine Print Literary Management, suggests you think again.

Can publishers predetermine which books will sail to the top of the charts? No, according Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Gain her insight here: A “Sure Thing?” 

Eager to attract an agent? Dawn Dowdle, of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, shares her top pointers here: Agent Advice.

Frustrated by having to write AND build your platform? Read Publishing in a Brave New World: Rachel Gardner, of WordServe Literary Group, on the value of publishers and why authors should stop complaining about platform-building.

Thinking of wallpapering your home with rejection letters? Carly Watters, associate agent at the P.S. Literary Agency, tells us How to Avoid the Rejection Blues.

Thinking of attending a writer’s conference? Learn How to “Pick-Up” a Literary Agent and other conference tips from former literary agent and founder and CEO of Literary Agent Undercover, Mark Malesta.

Pssst! Contrary to popular belief, literary agents are not only humans, but often congenial, helpful and sharp as whips. (Few pout as much as Rosie.) The first agent to read my manuscript sent me such a kind “rejection” letter, I considered adding his family to my holiday gift list. My perhaps worst response came from a woman who said she found my novel “quite disturbing” and that I best convert the whole thing into a family drama. Seeing as I write suspense thrillers, I wasn’t offended. 😉 I did, however, question my agents-to-approach picking skills…

Have an agent-related story to share? Lessons you’ve learned or are grappling with?

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  1. Trina H.

     /  October 23, 2011

    Cool list! I had no idea agents kept blogs. Or that they were…um…nice. 😉 (No offense to them, of course. Guess they just intimidate me.)

    Just got another reject, so I’m printing out Ms. Watter’s tips! Haha. Thanks, August!

    • Hi Trina, Glad you found the links helpful!

      It’s natural to feel intimidated. I imagine they want to find great new books and writers to represent as much as we strive to be repped and published. (Knowing this helped me.)

      As for those rejection letters, each brings you closer to a ‘yes.’ In the meantime, keep writing… 🙂

  2. Thanks for pointing to various blogs of agents. Very helpful and good to know. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  3. August this was so helpful. Thank you.

  4. Thanks for sharing these wonderful links. I will check them out~

  5. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Munchow, Joe and Susie. Glad you found the links helpful!

  6. This post is a GODSEND to a prospective writer like myself. Well done!

  7. Thanks for the link August! 🙂

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