Guide to Literary Agents: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (Market) (2015)


Those who came before and succeeded.

I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent-by-agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s sold more than 250,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you. Here are testimonials from a handful of writers who have used this book to find an agent and publishing success.

 MARISHA CHAMBERLAIN, The Rose Variations (Soho)

Guide to Literary Agents oriented me, the lowly first-time novelist, embarking on an agent search. The articles and the listings gave insight into the world of literary agents that allowed me to comport myself professionally and to persist. And I did find a terrific agent.”

 EUGENIA KIM, The Calligrapher’s Daughter (Holt)

“After so many years working on the novel, the relative speed of creating the query package prodded the impetus to send it out… As a fail-safe measure, I bought the Guide to Literary Agents [and] checked who might be a good fit for my novel...”

 EVE BROWN-WAITE, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria (Broadway)

“I bought the Guide To Literary Agents… and came across Laney Katz Becker. So I sent off a very funny query. On March 15, 2007, Laney called. ‘I love your book,’ she said. ‘I’d like to represent you.’ Three months later, Laney sold my book—at auction—in a six-figure deal.”

 MARA PURNHAGEN, Tagged (Harlequin Teen)

“I trusted the Guide to Literary Agents to provide solid, up-to-date information to help me with the process. I now have a wonderful agent and a four-book deal.”

 RICHARD HARVELL, The Bells (Crown)

Guide to Literary Agents was crucial in my successful search for an agent. I found a great agent and my book has now been translated into a dozen languages.”

 PATRICK LEE, The Breach (Harper)

“The GLA has all the info you need for narrowing down a list of agencies to query.”

 KAREN DIONNE, Freezing Point and Boiling Point (Jove)

“I’m smiling as I type this, because I actually got my agent via the Guide to Literary Agents. I certainly never dreamed that I’d tell my [success] story in the same publication!”

 HEATHER NEWTON, Under the Mercy Trees (Harper)

“I found my literary agent through the Guide to Literary Agents!”

 MICHAEL WILEY, The Last Striptease and The Bad Kitty Lounge (Minotaur)

GLA was very useful to me when I started. I always recommend it to writers.”

 LES EDGERTON, Hooked and 11 more books

“Just signed with literary agent Chip MacGregor and I came upon him through the Guide to Literary Agents. If not for GLA, I’d probably still be looking.”

 JENNIFER CERVANTES, Tortilla Sun (Chronicle)

“Within 10 days of submitting, I found an amazing agent—and it’s all thanks to GLA.”

 CARSON MORTON, Stealing Mona Lisa (St. Martin’s / Minotaur)

“I wanted to thank you for the Guide to Literary Agents. After contacting 16 literary agencies, number 17 requested my historical novel. Within a few weeks, they offered to represent me. Hard work and good, solid, accurate information makes all the difference. Thanks again.”

 DARIEN GEE, Friendship Bread: A Novel (Ballantine)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was an indispensable tool for me when I was querying agents. I highly recommend it for any aspiring author.”

 LEXI GEORGE, Demon Hunting in Dixie (Brava)

“The Guide to Literary Agents is an invaluable resource for writers.”

 STEPHANIE BARDEN, Cinderella Smith (HarperCollins)

“When I felt my book was finally ready for eyes other than mine to see it, I got some terrific advice: Go buy the Guide to Literary Agents. By the time I was through with it, it looked like it had gone to battle—it was battered and dog-eared and highlighted and Post-It-Noted. But it was victorious; I had an agent. Huge thanks, GLA—I couldn’t have done it without you!”

 BILL PESCHEL, Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature’s Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes (Perigee)

“The Guide to Literary Agents gave me everything I needed to sell Writers Gone Wild. It was the personal assistant who found me the right agents to pitch, the publicist who suggested conferences to attend and the trusted adviser who helped me negotiate the path to publication.”

 LAURA GRIFFIN, Unforgivable (Pocket Books)

“Writing the book is only the first step. Then it’s time to find a home for it. The Guide to Literary Agents is filled with practical advice about how to contact literary agents who can help you market your work.”

 DEREK TAYLOR KENT (A.K.A. DEREK THE GHOST), Scary School (HarperCollins)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was absolutely instrumental to my getting an agent and subsequent three-book deal with HarperCollins.”

 TAMORA PIERCE, Alanna: The First Adventure: The Song of the Lioness (Atheneum)

“The best guide to literary agents is the Guide to Literary Agents, published by Writer’s Market Books … These listings will tell you the names and addresses of the agencies; if an agency is made up of more than one agent, they will list the different agents and what kinds of book they represent; they will include whether or not the agent will accept simultaneous submissions (submitting a manuscript to more agents than one).”

 WADE ROUSE, It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine: A Memoir (Crown)

“And when you think you’re done writing your book? Write some more. And when you think you’re finished? Set it aside for a while, go back, redraft, edit, rewrite, and redraft … Then pick up the Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents.”

 DIANNA DORISI WINGET, A Smidgen of Sky (Harcourt)

Guide to Literary Agents is simply the best writing reference book out there. I don’t think I would have landed an agent without it.”

 CAROLE BRODY FLEET, Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond!) the Grief of Widowhood (Viva Editions)

“I am not overstating it when I say that Guide to Literary Agents was absolutely instrumental in my landing an agent. Moreover, I wound up with numerous agents from which to choose—how often does that happen to an unknown and unpublished author? Thank you again for this book. It not only changed my life forever, but it led to our being able to serve the widowed community around the world.”

 GUINEVERE DURHAM, Teaching Test-Taking Skills: Proven Techniques to Boost Your Student’s Scores (R&L Education)

“I was looking for an agent for my book. I had been trying for 7 years. I have enough rejection letters to wallpaper my office. Finally, I researched the Guide to Literary Agents. Three months later I had a contract.”

 ADAM BROWNLEE, Building a Small Business That Warren Buffett Would Love (John Wiley and Sons)

“The Guide to Literary Agents was invaluable for me in many ways. Specifically, the sections on ‘Write a Killer Query Letter’ and ‘Nonfiction Book Proposals’ enabled me to put together a package that led to the publication of my book.”

 KIM BAKER, Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School (Roaring Brook)

“I read the Guide to Literary Agents religiously when I was planning submissions.”

 JERI WESTERSON, Blood Lance: A Medieval Noir (Pocket Books)

“The whole writing industry is so confusing. Where to start? I started with the Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents, where I not only created my list of agents and game plan, I received all sorts of excellent information in crafting my winning query letter. I recommend it to anyone starting out. And yes, I did get an agent through the Guide.”

 NOELLE STERNE, Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams (Unity)

“Your Guide to Literary Agents and the features from authors on the often-hard lessons learned from the dream of publishing have helped me immensely to keep my feet on the ground, butt in the chair, and fingers on the keyboard. Thank you, Chuck, for taking all the time and effort and for caring.”

 LYNNE RAIMONDO, Dante’s Wood: A Mark Angelotti Novel (Seventh Street Books)

Guide to Literary Agents is how I found my agent, so I owe you one.”

 GENNIFER ALBIN, Crewel (Pocket Books)

“I got a lot of mileage out of Guide to Literary Agents when I was looking for an agent, and I frequently recommend it.”