Guide to Literary Agents

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Guide to Literary Agents (GLA) is a book that compiles hundreds of listings for literary agents and writers' conferences in the USA. The book is an annual resource for writers who wish to find an agent and sell their work to publishing houses. GLA is published by Writer's Digest Books and usually hits bookstores around August of each year.

The most current edition is the 2011 edition, and the current editor is Chuck Sambuchino.

The listings[edit]

Listings include information that writers can use in contacting the agency, including the following: what types of books are represented by the agency, recent sales, contact information, preferred means of contact (e.g. phone, fax...), contractual terms, address, and names of individual agents at each house.

The articles[edit]

The book has two main parts. While most of the book is filled with listings for agents, GLA also has numerous instructional articles about the business of writing. Subjects addressed include the following: query letter writing, synopsis writing, book proposal writing, self-publishing, copyright, finding agents, contracts, and spotting scammers.

The "Market Books"[edit]

Guide to Literary Agents is one of nine "market books" published each year by Writer's Digest Books - the most famous of which is Writer's Market, a book that lists thousands of magazine listings for writers. Others include: Photographer's Market, Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Artist and Graphic Designer's Market, Poet's Market, Screenwriter's & Playwright's Market and Songwriter's Market. Each book is designed to give writers instructions on how to submit freelance work to markets.

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