2012 Guide to Literary Agents Giveaway

Guide to Literary Agents

Ooh, free stuff. Better yet, good free stuff! That good stuff is the 2012 edition of the Guide to Literary Agents, which has comprehensive contact listings of agents and agencies, tells you what they are looking for in regards novels and nonfiction books, and supplies submission tips and writerly suggestions. And one of you glittery souls who merely puts in a comment here will be shipped a free copy of the guide. (Gotta be a U.S. address—sorry!)

Besides all the agency listings, the book has lots of articles on what makes agents happy with your submissions, and what makes them cranky. There’s also a section on writing conferences and screenwriting. This is the book for you even if you can’t decide if your novel is YA or DOA. The guide also includes an updated online subscription to agent listings.

Shameless Plug
What will undoubtedly thrill you down to your very tippy-toesies is knowing that there’s an article of mine in the book. It’s somewhat of a how-to on setting up (and getting something out of) a personal writer’s retreat. That’s a freebie too.

Even if you don’t have a manuscript or book proposal ready for an agent, you might want to swim in the comment stream just to get stimulated. I’ll take all your names and select one at random. I’ll cut off the contest a week from today, and I’ll let the winner know by email.

And to my pals who drop by and comment on a regular basis, no, I’m not going to cheat and choose one of you just because you’re pretty. Grow up. This is legit. (But you still have a chance in the random drawing. And you’re still pretty.)

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31 thoughts on “2012 Guide to Literary Agents Giveaway

  1. Very exciting. I don’t mind being first to comment. I’d be excited to take a look at your own article within the book. Thanks for the opportunity to get free goodies. =)

  2. KB, who knows, you may dominate the comment slot all by your lonesome, and pull down the promised prize. (Hey, wait, I commented—maybe I should be in the drawing.)

    Good luck, and thanks for a lot of good writing posts on Google +.

  3. I just recently subscribed to your posts and have really been enjoying them. And I’m not just saying that because that book giveaway looks pretty awesome. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Hey Kim, flattery will get you nowhere in this contest. (Though I think you should continue trying that angle.) Really though, that’s exceedingly nice of you—thanks!

    You’re in the running now…

  5. Rick, I’m sure in the world of agentry, there is a candidate that has the requisite trench coat, dark glasses and sidelong glances of any stalwart spy. You can do all your communications with the decoder ring you got out of the Cheerios box in the late 70s.

    As for pretty, oh yeah.

  6. I never retreat from writers. I shall publish them on the beaches; I shall publish them on the landing grounds; I shall publish them, um, in a lotta other places until someone makes me stop.

    But, like, that link to your article on retreats is a real live get something cool right now for free link, huh? Well, then, I got the good stuff already. The big book is just gravy.

    I wonder if “groovy” was really just stoner for “gravy” ?

    I know I’m pretty, but it’s nice to hear it once in a while.

  7. I think I’m getting in under the wire. I love the idea of “free”. However, we all know there is really nothing free in life – there will be a catch, right? You can tell me, really.

  8. Yay for giveaways and congrats on your article being included. I look forward to exploring more of your site, now that I found it through G+.

  9. Hey Laura, thanks muchly. And G+ does seem like a great resource—too good of a resource in fact, because I’ve been spending too much time there reading good stuff in people’s posts.

    Good luck in the contest!

  10. Hey, I’m your sister — I deserve a chance for something free from you…finally! Plus I posted it on my FB page.

  11. Oh no, no way you’re fooling me with that “I’m your sister” comment. The last time I believed that I ended up in a car trunk with my mouth duct-taped. You can’t fool me.

  12. I may not be in the reckoning but I don’t mind commenting because I was thinking about wanting to have a book on word usage by you.

    Slightly cheekily you may consider my comment as nomination for Dr. Rick or Joel D. 😉

  13. Why, thank you, Rahul.

    Hey, Tom, if Rahul’s going to turn this into a voting scenario, hang on while I dust off my scripting skills. Imagine all the imaginary traffic I could drive to this here blog.


    Besides, I’m your sister, right? (Probably not doing 90 on the turnpike, like Rick’s sisters . . . )

  14. Rahul, I can’t give an extra vote to Rick or Joel, because that would be jiggering the vote, and I am scrupulous beyond belief. (Well, for this contest, at least.) And also, since Joel’s my sister, that also skews wrong. Or is just plain wrong anyway.

    I wish we could send the book overseas, but it’s out of my hands anyway—it’s a promo from F&W Media and they’re sending out the book. But thanks for chiming in!

    Actually, it’s almost time for Alice to draw the name, so I’ll get back to you guys…

  15. Well, this “will he cheat?” question has been answered: NO! The winner of the drawing, as a literally paper-slip-pulled-from-hat affair by the lovely and talented Alice, is LAURA! And since I only know Laura from writerly doings on Google+, I’m innocent of subterfuge.

    But stay tuned for later giveaways of bags of sighs, stuck-on-red traffic signals and long stretches of wondering where you left that chili dog.

  16. Oh wow, Tom! Thanks so much. I love that you use the paper-slip-pulled-from-hat method, because it’s very cool–and because I rarely win things. Yay! (And hurray for Google+ too…)

  17. Here’s my comment. My comment. I find the guide potentially useful. Look forward to receiving it. Will it come by mail, or email?

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