GLA & CWIM (Writing Guides)

These are Chuck’s four books on writing and how to find a literary agent: 3 instructional writing books and 2 annual Writer’s Digest Books market guides that he edits and updates. Read below to see testimonials from many writers who have gotten published using his guides.

  1. The GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS is the largest collection of literary agent anywhere. It’s a great resource if you want know how to get a literary agent. (The 2016 edition is the most recent — updated and packed with info about almost every agency’s wants, individual agents, book sales and more.)
  2. The CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET is a huge market guide for writers & illustrators of children’s books. It has hundreds of book publishers, literary agents, contests, magazines, conferences and more. (The 2016 edition is the most recent.)
  3. If you want to sell more books and build your visibility, CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM is an all-in-one guide to networking, marketing your books, learning  social media principles, and getting more attention for your work. The book features the 12 Fundamental Principles of Platform, chapters with easy-to-understand steps on getting your name/books out there, and 12 case studies of fellow authors who succeeded and now offer advice. The book was praised on
  4. FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT, 3RD ED. is a comprehensive resource on how to format your writing, no matter if you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, short stories, proposals, synopses, queries, graphic novels, screenplays, plays, or anything else.
  5. My newest writing guide is GET A LITERARY AGENT (2015). The book compiles all the information I’ve ever given on how to get a literary agent. It discusses query writing (and shows query examples), how to find the most reps to query, how to protect yourself, what questions to ask an agent before signing, tricky submission FAQs, how to tell what genre you’re writing in, and much more.

All 5 books are out and available in major bookstores as well as online book shopping sites. GLA has sold more than 325,000 copies since its inception, while CWIM has sold more than 650,000.



28 Great Reasons to Buy the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS

1. 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.”

2. 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…”

3. 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 and a half months (and several proposal revisions) later, Laney sold my book—at auction—in a six-figure deal.”

4. 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.”

5. Richard Harvell, The Bells (Crown): “Guide to Literary Agents contains a wealth of information and good advice, and was crucial in my successful search for an agent. I found a great agent and my book has now sold in 11 territories and counting.”

6. Patrick Lee, The Breach (Harper): “The Guide to Literary Agents has all the info you need for narrowing down a list of agencies to query.”

7. 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!”

8. Heather Newton, Under the Mercy Trees (Harper Paperbacks): “I found my literary agent through the Guide to Literary Agents!”

9. Michael Wiley, The Last Striptease and The Bad Kitty Lounge (Minotaur): “The Guide to Literary Agents was very useful to me when I was getting started. I always recommend GLA to writers.”

10. Les Edgerton, Hooked and 9 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.”

11. Jennifer Cervantes, Tortilla Sun (Chronicle): “Within 10 days of initial submission, I found an energetic and amazing agent—and it’s all thanks to GLA.”

12. 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 the full manuscript of my historical novel. Within a few weeks, they offered to represent me. Hard work, perseverance, and good, solid, accurate information makes all the difference. Thanks again.”

13. Darien Gee, author of 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—in addition to a comprehensive listing of literary agents, it contains valuable information about the query and submission process.”

14. Stephanie Barden, Cinderella Smith (HarperCollins): “When I felt my middle grade chapter 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!”

15. Lexi George, Demon Hunting in Dixie (Brava): “I positively haunted GLA on the road to publication. The Guide to Literary Agents is an invaluable resource for writers, whether you’re published or unpublished.”

16. 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.”

17. Laura Griffin, author of Unforgivable and eight other romantic suspense novels: “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.”

18. Derek Taylor Kent, Scary School: “The Guide to Literary Agents was absolutely instrumental to my getting an agent and subsequent three-book deal with HarperCollins.”

19. Tamora Pierce, best-selling author of dozens of novels for teens: “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 agent than one).”

20. Wade Rouse, author of several best-selling books, including It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine—A Memoir: “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.”

21. Brent Hartinger, Geography Club: “Get an agent. Having a reputable agent means you will be taken much more seriously by busy editors who are eager to find any reason to reject your book (and if you’re agented, editors will offer you more money, more than canceling out the cost of the agent’s commission!). There are hundreds of good agents out there, with all kinds of different tastes (check The Guide to Literary Agents for a complete list).”

22. Jessica Brody, The Karma Club (Farrar, Straus and Giroux): “To put it in perspective: It took me two years to finally find an agent to represent The Fidelity Files [my first novel] and once I did, she sold the manuscript in 10 days. That’s the difference an agent makes. I would recommend purchasing a membership for an online agent directory like You can also use an agent directory in book form like the Guide to Literary Agents.”

23. Dianna Dorisi Winget, A Smidgen of Sky (Harcourt, 2012): “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.”

24. Adam Brownlee, Building a Small Business That Warren Buffett Would Love (John Wiley and Sons, 2012): “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.”

25. 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.”

26. 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 to find a publisher. I have enough rejection letters to wallpaper my office. Finally, I researched the Guide to Literary Agents. Three months later I had a contract with Rowman & Littlefield Educational Publishers. My agency is Educational Design Services, Inc.”

27. Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill, A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage: The Essentials For Long-lasting Togetherness (Cider Mill Press): “For some time I had been working on queries to publishers that would accept manuscripts directly from authors, with moments of hope, but no contract. I read [one of your articles on agents] and thought, maybe it’s time to consider an agent! I immediately sent out several queries and later that same day my manuscript was requested by Jackie Meyer of Whimsy Literary Agency in New York. The following day Jackie asked for my okay to send the manuscript on to a publisher she had in mind, and within 24 hours she had sold my book!”

28. Noelle Sterne, author of 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!”



6 Incredible Reasons to Buy the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET

1. “Whenever anyone asks for publishing advice, I tell them to grab the latest edition of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market.”
JAY ASHER, author of the #1 New York
Times bestseller 13 Reasons Why and The Future of Us

2. “CWIM is a great resource for artists and writers who are ready to share their talent with the world.”
MEG CABOT, author of multiple #1 New York Times
bestsellers, including the Princess Diaries series

3. “CWIM is an invaluable resource for any aspiring writer hoping to get published. It helped me a lot and I recommend it to everyone.”
JAMES DASHNER, New York Times best-selling
author of The Maze Runner series

Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is invaluable for writers of children’s books. Chock-full of publishing resources, it’s a must-have.”
BECCA FITZPATRICK, author of Hush-Hush and Crescendo

“If you’re serious about writing or illustrating for young people, the information, tools and insights within the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market will get you started on the right path.”
WENDY TOLIVER, author of Lifted

Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market has all the things a new writer needs to know about the business, like who’s who and how to submit to agents and publishers, but it also has all the intangibles, like advice and encouragement. Buy it for the information, keep it for the inspiration.”
bestselling author of Starcrossed.



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