5 Literary Agents Who Blog About Query Writing

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I hope that someday, when I land a literary agent (and then a publishing contract), I can share with you the magical query letter which sealed the deal.

Until then, I can’t tell you if I’m doing things right, but I know five others who can! Before I started writing my novel’s query letter, I conducted plenty of research on WHAT literary agents look for in a solid pitch. I asked myself:

  • Which queries generate interest, and why?
  • Is there a certain format that works?
  • What information should I exclude?

To answer those questions, I read a lot. But specifically, here are 5 literary agents (or agencies) who helped me the most. They either blog about the query writing process, or post general advice on their websites:

1) Rachelle Gardner: literary agent, Books & Such

2) The Knight Agency: A Literary Agency

3) Janet Reid, Literary Agent

4) BookEnds Literary Agency

5) Query Shark (read edited query letters from agent, Janet Reid)

And although this isn’t from a literary agency, Writer’s Digest published an awesome list of successful query letters which landed agents: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/successful-queries.

So if you’re hoping to be the next Gillian Flynn or James Dashner, I hope this list helps you!


Shari Lopatin is a professional writer, editor, and social media strategist who lives in Phoenix, Ariz. She recently finished her first novel and blogs about the lessons she learns while finding a literary agent, among other topics. Want to follow Shari’s progress toward a book deal? Then join The Readers Club! Sign up here.

5 responses to “5 Literary Agents Who Blog About Query Writing”

  1. Damn it, now I have to read Gillian Flynn & James Dashner… the pile grows

    1. Haha! WHY??? WHYYYYYY? 😉

      1. Every time someone comments on a successful author that I haven’t yet read, I just have to go read some of their work. A strange compulsion, but you find some real gems that way.

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