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Literary Agents Share Manuscript Wish Lists

Hundreds of agents, editors and publishers have shared their manuscript wish lists on Twitter, using the popular MSWL hashtag. Below, we’ve created a Storify post linking to many of the posts from the hashtag–they are arranged in a massive list, in no particular order. The list is perfect if you are looking for a literary agent or some literary inspiration. If you want more, young adult writer KK Hendin created an Agent and Editor Wish List Tumblr page linking to many of the posts in a simple format. (Image via waferboard)   Read more

Literary Agents Are Watching Blogs & Amazon Bestseller Lists

Many of the traditional ways literary agents discover talent have changed over the last few years, and many agents spend their time exploring blogs and the Amazon bestseller list.

The Hollywood Reporter recently hosted a panel discussion with major literary agents, offering some invaluable intelligence for aspiring authors. You can watch the entire presentation in the video embedded above. The participating agents included Sloan Harris, the co-head of ICM Partners’ literary department, who offered this advice:

I grew up scouring magazines and literary journals, but that has largely dried up. Most magazines have their writers already under contract, and there’s very little space there. Our younger colleagues are reading blogs, are watching Amazon best-seller lists for books that may be unrepresented but are starting to pop. It’s encouraging to see the business learning how to create new places where writers can actually develop their voice and make money while they’re growing enough of a fan base to potentially jump over and join the commercial trade publishing side.

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Laurie McLean, Gordon Warnock & Pam van Hylckama Vlieg Launch Foreword Literary

Three seasoned agents, Laurie McLeanGordon Warnock and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, have partnered together to launch a new agency called “Foreword Literary.”

On submissions, the agents represent writers who specialize in a plethora of different genres from children’s picture books to upmarket commercial fiction. This agency’s current client list includes young-adult author Julie Kagawa, thriller novelist Ransom Stephens and romance writer Lisa Kessler.

Here’s more from the agency’s blog: “We are a brand new type of author representative. Sure, we’ll sell books to publishers and sell subsidiary rights to movie studios, foreign publishers, magazines, audiobook companies, etc. But we’ll also work with a network of affiliates such as self-publishers, cover designers, app creators, web series developers, comic book producers, social media marketers, publicity experts, teachers, game designers, speaker bureaus, and many, many others to offer our clients a fully-fleshed world of possibilities for their creativity.”

Elena Mechlin Named Literary Agent at Pippin Properties

Elena Mechlin has been promoted to literary agent at Pippin Properties, Inc.

Prior to joining the agency in 2009, Mechlin worked at Fulcrum Publishing, Simon & Schuster, and Random House.

Mechlin’s client list includes 2013 Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate, debut young-adult novelist Jason Reynolds, picture-book author Beth Ferry and illustrator Rob Dunlavey. On submissions, she represents clients who create all types of children’s literature projects from picture books through young-adult.

Adam Eaglin Joins Elyse Cheney Literary Associates

Former Wylie Agency agent Adam Eaglin has moved to Elyse Cheney Literary Associates. He will work with authors of serious nonfiction and literary fiction.

Here’s more from the release: “His first sale at the agency is Lawrence Osborne’s next novel, The Ballad of a Small Player, to Alexis Washam at Hogarth. In addition to Osborne – whose novel The Forgiven was a 2012 “Best Books of the Year” pick by The Economist – clients include New Yorker staff writer Sasha Frere-Jones, Pulitzer Prize winning Edward R. Murrow Fellow Pir Zubair Shah, and novelist Bill Cotter, author of Fever Chart.”

Publishing for Vision & Hearing Hosts Charity Auction

Literary agent Irene Goodman founded a nonprofit called Publishing for Vision & Hearing (PubVH) in honor of her son, Rob, who suffers from Usher Syndrome.

Currently, PubVH is hosting a charity auction.

Those who are interested can place their bids until the end of December. Some of the items up for grabs include a picture book critique by veteran editor Nancy Paulsen (who now presides over her own imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group) and a partial critique by Movable Type Management co-founder/president Jason Ashlock.

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Successful Query Letters for Literary Agents

Are you struggling to write a query letter to literary agents?

Once you find an agent you would like to represent your book, the pitch letter is the next step in the traditional publishing process.

Below, we’ve collected 23 different agent pitch letters that actually worked in a variety of genres. We’ve gathered these samples from agency websites, agent blogs and the AgentQuery forums. No matter what kind of novel you have written, they can help you craft a better query letter.

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5 Ways to Find an Agent for Your Book

Every week we receive emails from aspiring writers looking for guidance about publishing a book on the traditional publishing route. We always offer the same advice: find the best literary agent for your manuscript.

Every aspiring writer needs to make a list of literary agents they would like to pitch. If you are looking for an agent, there are five simple steps that everybody should follow (whether you are a small town writer or a business leader with a great story or a GalleyCat editor).

We’ve collected five foolproof methods for finding the best agent to pitch with your book–any suggestions to add?

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Robert Gottlieb Responds to Penguin Lawsuit: ‘Authors Beware’

The Smoking Gun broke the news that Penguin has sued a number of authors “who failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances.”

The list of writers includes Elizabeth WurtzelAna Marie Cox and Herman Rosenblat. Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb wrote a scathing comment on the story.

Check it out: “Penguin this is wrong headed. Authors beware. Books are rejected for reasons other than editorially and publishers then want their money back. Publishers want to reject manuscripts for any reason after an author has put time and effort into writing them all the while paying their bills. Another reason to have strong representation. If Penguin did this to one of Trident’s authors we could cut them out of all our submissions.”

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Literary Agent Allegedly Attacked by Writer

Literary agent Pam van Hylckama recounted a horrifying story on Twitter last night, telling her readers how a disgruntled writer allegedly attacked her in her car.

We’ve collected the Twitter story below using Storify.

The Bay-area agent is an associate literary agent at Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents. You can read a narrative account at Book Goggles. (Via Sarah Weinman)

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