10 Easy Ways to Improve Your First Chapter Right Now

Column by Repo Kempt
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.

8 Reasons to Avoid the Novel and Focus on Short Stories

Column by Brandon Tietz March 23, 2017
Are you an aspiring author just beginning their journey? You think you're ready to take on the novel? You very well might be, but we've got eight reasons why you should hold off on that.

An Agent is a Living M.F.A.

Column by Christoph Paul March 1, 2017
I compare the benefits of getting an M.F.A to the education you get from an agent. I conclude that you get more out of working with an agent than attending an M.F.A. program.

Rejection Letters Deciphered: 5 Common Reasons Agents Give for Rejecting Novels (And What They Really Mean)

Column by Susan DeFreitas November 12, 2015
Your novel has been rejected by a literary agent. You know what they said, but what does it mean? And how can you use that feedback to build a better book?

The Art of the Pitch and Synopsis

Column by George Cotronis July 23, 2015
You want to sell your novel or land an agent? Well, you need an elevator pitch and synopsis to do so. Here's Elevator Pitch 101.

The Self-Taught MFA: Novel Idea or Fairy Tale, Part 2

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard October 9, 2014
You mean I could do an MFA, my very own way? Ya don't say...
Wish List

GalleyCat Compiles Manuscript Wish Lists From Numerous Agents

News by Christopher Shultz August 22, 2013
Twitter provides a direct window into literary agents' MS desires, and GalleyCat cuts out the middleman.

How NOT to Get an Agent (And What to Do After You Get One)

Column by Ed Sikov August 21, 2013
A handy guide to getting and keeping an agent.

Ask The Agent: 20 Insights Into a Successful Agent/Client Relationship

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect one of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: When to Nudge Agents, Hiring Editors, and MORE!

Column by Bree Ogden April 29, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore & dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: Marketing to a Middle Grade Audience, Having Multiple Agents and More

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore and dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder

Ask The Agent: Does Self-Publishing Impede Landing an Agent, Acceptable Word Count and More!

Column by Bree Ogden March 4, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect 3 of the industry’s mysteries straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: Your Novel Word Count Guide and More!

Column by Bree Ogden February 18, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: Lots of Rejections From Editors... Should You Look for A New Agent? and More

Column by Bree Ogden February 4, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: Guerrilla Marketing And What You Should Expect From An Agent

Column by Bree Ogden October 15, 2012
How important is guerrilla marketing and what should an agent actually do for you? On this installment of Ask the Agent with Bree Ogden.

Ask The Agent: Clarifying Industry Semantics and Advice on How to Become an Agent!

Column by Bree Ogden September 3, 2012
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

The Long & Winding Road: Part VI - What Happens When Your Book Doesn't Sell

Column by Kelly Thompson July 5, 2012
The final installment in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 6 details what happens when you don't sell.

The Long & Winding Road: Part V - Submitting to Publishers

Column by Kelly Thompson June 25, 2012
Part 5 in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 5 details submitting to publishers.

The Long & Winding Road: Part IV – Editing With Agents

Column by Kelly Thompson June 18, 2012
Part 4 in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 4 details editing with an agent.

The Long & Winding Road: Part III – Talking To Agents

Column by Kelly Thompson May 21, 2012
The third in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part III details my experience with two agents interested in my novel.

The Long & Winding Road: Part II - Revision Hell!

Column by Kelly Thompson April 12, 2012
Part 2 in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 2 details revision hell, finding a writing group, and a renewed agent search.

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

Column by Richard Thomas March 13, 2012
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.

The Long & Winding Road: Part 1- Writing The Novel

Column by Kelly Thompson March 8, 2012
The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"

The Path To Publication Part 2: Preparing For Battle

Column by Rob Hart February 2, 2012
Last month I discussed my decision to seek an agent to represent me and my novel. Now it's time to talk about something that's actually useful--namely, how to find an agent.