Thursday, 28 January 2016

Writers Digest Guide to Literary Agents newsletter

Here is the latest Writers Digest Guide to Literary Agents newsletter, including a list of new agents seeking submissions now:



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Editor's Letter

Per chance, do you have a blog that isn't getting the page views and attention you want? Lots of writers face this very problem. Getting people to actually read your blog isn't easy, and I'm trying to help with my latest guest column for The Write Life called "How to Be a Successful Blogger: Follow These Two Major Tips." The post examines 2 easy ways you can get more people to read & share your content -- starting with guidance on how to use Twitter to get people over to your site. Check out the post, and comment if you have other tips bloggers can use. I know it's frustrating to spend time on social media and get very little interaction or response, so perhaps this post can aid you on your journey.

And if you missed either of my big guest columns mentioned last newsletter, they were: 
1. A roundup of 13 literary agents who seek Southern fiction
2. A column that discusses what you should do if you're on the fence concerning traditional publishing vs. self publishing.

And like I always mention, I'm very excited to be speaking at different writers' conferences this year. This year, I will be in Houston, TX (Feb. 5), Birmingham, AL (Feb. 19), Atlanta, GA (Feb. 20), Florida (March 25-26), Philadelphia (April 9), and Chicago (May 14). All of these events have agents there to meet with writers, so if you live near any of these areas, check out the official conference websites by clicking on the links.

Until next time, good luck writing, agent hunting, and building your writer platform!

Chuck Sambuchino
Editor, 2016 Guide to Literary Agents 
Editor, 2016 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 
Author, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack 
Author, When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide
Author, Create Your Writer Platform
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2 New Agents Seeking Submissions NOW

Click on any name below to see the full mini-profile on the GLA Blog (with submission instructions). Good luck querying!

1. Stacey Graham of Red Sofa Literary

She is seeking: Humor books, humorous memoir along the lines of Jenny Lawson or John Cleese, dark middle grade, New Age with a strong platform, quirky nonfiction (YA/MG and adult), history, and horror. She is not looking for YA fiction or adult fantasy.

2. Shaun Dolan of Union Literary

He is seeking: As an agent at Union Literary, he's interested in both muscular and lyrical literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture, and sports narratives. He's willing and able to dive into the trenches editorially and looks to foster new, exciting voices.

New Free Contest for Writers of Women's Fiction -- Judged by Agent Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein (with prizes!)

Welcome to the 21st (free!) "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here's the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes-meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you're writing women's fiction, this 21st contest is for you! (No genre romance or erotica.) The contest is live through end of day, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The contest is judged by agent Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein of McIntosh & Otis.

Learn all details on the GLA Blog post.

That said, here's the gist: You turn in the first page of your unpublished book-length completed women's fiction manuscript, and Elizabeth judges all entries. Winners get writing prizes, including a critique of their first 10 pages from Elizabeth. Good luck to all who enter!
"Land the Right Agent to Sell Your Book" -- Jan. 28 Webinar (w/critique) by agents Jaida Temperly and Danielle Barthel

Signing with an agent is an exciting and important step in any author's career! But finding that perfect match can be tricky, and it's something you'll want to feel confident in before making a final decision. So before signing on that dotted line, there are some key questions you'll want to ask, important research you'll want to dive into, and pitfalls you'll want to avoid.

Literary agents Jaida Temperly and Danielle Barthel have been in the publishing industry for over three years. Both are currently building their lists at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. and understand what information will help prospective authors weigh all of their options before choosing an agent. It's all part of their new 90-minute webinar, "Land the Right Agent to Sell Your Book," on Thursday, January 28, 2016. 

All registrants are invited to submit a 'pitch and a page', a 25-word summary and the opening first 250 words of your book. All submitted submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Jaida Temperly or literary agent Danielle Barthel. Jaida and Danielle reserve the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event if they deem the writing excellent.

-- What questions to ask your agent before signing
-- What qualities you'll want to find in an agent
-- What NOT to ask before signing
-- How to manage your expectations
-- The pitfalls you'll want to avoid
-- The difference between signing with a Junior Agent vs. Senior Agent
-- Where to find information on your agent / agency
-- Important resources and how to use them: AAR, PM, PW, QueryTracker

Jaida Temperly, literary agent, is very excited to be building her client list. For MG and YA titles, she's drawn to quirky, dark stories. For adult fiction, she loves stories with strong mystery, art history, or religious undertones. She loves logic puzzles, anything by Wes Anderson, horticulture, and everything related to Scotland. Danielle Barthel is looking for upper MG, YA, adult, and nonfiction manuscripts. She'd love to find an amazing MG epistolary, engrossing YA realistic contemporary stories, well-crafted fantasies, and retellings of all kinds. Adult family dramas and upmarket women's fiction are also on her wish list. A strong romantic subplot, especially with expertly crafted tension, is never a bad thing, and she's particularly fond of historical romance (especially set in England). For nonfiction, she's open to unique and poignant lifestyle and cookbooks. (Sign up for the Jan. 28 webinar here.)

Considering Self-Publishing? You Might Want to Do This First

Let's talk about what you should do if you are truly on the fence concerning whether to seek traditional publishing for your book or just self-publish it. There are different ways to get your work published, but the biggest two options in today's marketplace are still the following:

Traditional publishing
: You sell your work to a publishing house, like Simon & Schuster or HarperCollins. The publisher typically pays you money up front in the deal, then distributes the book in print and e-book forms.

Self-publishing: This method allows you to publish your work independently, without anyone judging your work. You're in charge of everything. A common website people do this is through Amazon's CreateSpace.

I could talk about all the nitty-gritty elements to both publishing options - the pros and cons, the ins and outs - but that would take you hours to read. So instead, I'll just focus this post on one simple question: If you're unsure what path to take concerning these two major publishing options, what should you do?
Which publishing method should you try first? If you are truly on the fence concerning which path to take, you should always try traditional publishing first - period.

I'll tell you why...

(Read the entire column on The Write Life, and comment for your chance to win a free book.)
"Your First 10 Pages" -- Feb. 18 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/critique) with Talcott Notch Literary

As many writers know, agents and editors won't give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven't got them hooked by then, it's a safe bet you won't be asked for more material. Make sure you've got the kind of opening they're looking for! In this invaluable weekend event , you'll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You'll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them. The best part is that you'll be working directly with an agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work.

It's all part of the recurring popular Agent One-on-One Boot Camp called "Your First 10 Pages." Sign up by the end of the day, February 18, 2016. It's taught by the agents at Talcott Notch Literary.

Here's how it works:

On Thursday morning, February 18, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by agent and editor Paula Munier. It will help you clarify what you should be looking for in your work. You will also be notified by email which agent you'll be working with on Thursday. (All times noted are Eastern Time). After listening to the presentation, you'll spend Thursday evening revising your first ten pages as necessary, given the guidelines provided in the presentation, and you'll email those pages directly to Paula or one of the additional agents from Talcott Notch Literary, including Gina Panettieri and Rachael Dugas, by Saturday morning at 10:00 AM (ET). They will spend all day Saturday reviewing their assigned pages and providing feedback as to what works and what doesn't. (Sign up for the boot camp here .) All pages with notes will be returned to participants by 10:00 AM (ET) the next morning, Sunday February 21. You'll work to revise your pages based on the agent's specific feedback. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 21, Paula, Gina, and Rachael will be available to answer questions and provide additional feedback via the Writer's Digest University message boards. Only registered students can access these boards. You'll also be able to ask question of your fellow students. Feel free to share your work and gain support from your peers. By 10:00 PM (ET) Sunday night on February 21, you'll return your final revised pages to your assigned agent for review. They will spend the next week reading the revised submissions assigned to them, and will provide a final brief one-or-two sentence critique of your progress no later than Sunday, Feb. 28. Please note that any one of them may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise, and multiple agents from Talcott Notch have signed writers after reading their work through a boot camp.

About the Agents:

Gina Panettieri is President of Talcott Notch Literary Services, and has worked as an agent for more than 20 years. Her agency website is Paula Munier , Senior Literary Agent & Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, has broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. Rachael Dugas joined Talcott Notch Literary in 2011. During her tenure as associate agent, Rachael has judged contests and attended conferences in New York and beyond, working with groups such as Writer's Digest, ASJA, YA Lit Chat, the National Publicity Summit, and the Hampton Roads Writers.

Sign up for the Feb. 18, 2016 boot camp here.
Agent-Conference Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers' conferences and pitch their work in 2016. Remember: Meeting agents in person is a great way to get past the slush pile. If an agent is interested in your work and requests a sample or book proposal, you can write "Requested Material" on your submission, making sure it gets a fair read and consideration.

Know that there are two types of conferences. There are general writers' conferences, that address a variety of subjects, and then there are specialized conferences, which usually tend to focus on a single genre-such as western, romance, or mystery. You will find both kinds in this list below.

Writing Conference of Houston, Feb. 6, 2016, Houston, TX
Attending agents: Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary); Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary); Rachel Brooks (L. Perkins Associates); Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary); and Eve Porinchak (Jill Corcoran Literary).

San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 11-14, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Attending agents: This large conference usually has 20-30 agents in attendance. Check the website for the large, growing list.

Alabama Writers Conference, February 19, 2016, Birmingham, AL
Attending agents: Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency).

Atlanta Writing Workshop, February 20, 2016, Atlanta, GA
Attending agents: Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary); Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Pamela Harty (The Knight Agency); Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency).

Tampa Writers Conference, March 25, 2016, Tampa, FL
Attending agents: Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency); Marlene Stringer (Stringer Literary Agency); Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency); Saritza Hernandez (Corvisiero Literary); and Amanda Leuck (Spencerhill Associates).

Fort Lauderdale "Get Published" Conference, March 26, 2016, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Attending agents: Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency); Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); Greg Aunapu (Salkind Literary); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); and Cricket Freeman (The August Agency).

Philadelphia Writing Workshop, April 9, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
Attending agents: Alyssa Eisner Henkin (Trident Media Group); Adriana Dominguez (Full Circle Literary); Marie Lamba (Jennifer De Chiara Literary); Eric Smith (P.S. Literary); Mackenzie Brady (New Leaf Literary); and Jordy Albert (Booker Albert Literary Agency).

Chicago Writing Workshop, May 14, 2016, Chicago, IL
Attending agents: Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary); Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency); Adam Chromy (Movable Type Literary); Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency); Marcy Posner (Folio Literary); Eric Smith (P.S. Literary); Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary); Rachel Burkot (Holloway Literary); Abby Saul (Browne & Miller Literary); Susan Hawk (The Bent Agency), and more to be announced.

Writing Conference of Cleveland, June 4, 2016, Cleveland, OH
Attending agents: Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); Moe Ferrera (BookEnds); Mallory Brown (TriadaUS); Vicki Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary); Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); and Fred Tribuzzo (The Rudy Agency).

NYC Writer's Digest Conference, August 12-14, 2016, New York, NY
Attending agents: Our pitch slam is the centerpiece of the day, and will always have at least 50 attending literary agents.

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