Advice from Agents and Editors

First, you should know what an agent does for you, so check out this short podcast, then read what agents themselves have to say on how to get one (see below):

General

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management is a blog with many contributing agents to give helpful information and advice.

Rants & Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent is a blog with advice on the craft of writing as well as the business side of the industry.

MichaelHyatt.com Run by a veteran of the industry, this site offers help for authors new to the business and those who’ve been around for a while.

Evil Editor is a blog by an editor who doesn’t sugarcoat the facts about materials writers submit to agents and publishers but still keeps you laughing.

Ed2010.com is a forum with a more relaxed atmosphere where young magazine editors give tips on the industry and keep you in the know with networking events and journalism job postings.

Scripts

Drew’s Script-o-Rama An extensive database of scripts.

johnaugust.com Advice and insight on the business and the craft from a veteran screenwriter.

Mystery/Thriller

Murder by 4 Four authors give insight into the genre.

Mystery Writing Is Murder A mom and writer covers everything about writing in the genre.

Childrens/YA/Middle Grade

Kidlit.com is a new blog from an associate at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency that offers contests and advice for authors.

CherylKlein.com is full of advice on the craft and the industry from an editor at Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books.

Cynsations is a blog by children’s writer Cynthia Leitich Smith for children’s (and YA) writers and features a helpful archive of interviews with industry professionals.

The Purple Crayon is a website featuring articles and helps for children’s authors, run by a seasoned editor.

Editorial Anonymous is a clever blog by an anonymous children’s book editor that gives advice on the practical sides of the writer’s job.

Poetry

JPiC Forum for Writers A forum for discussion and critique from other poets.

Wild Poetry Forum An uncensored forum for sharing work and feedback with fellow poets.

Poetry Out Loud A program for students covering different kinds of poetry and performance.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

WritingExcuses.com Blog posts and podcasts about everything writing.

Christian

MacGregor Literary The right agent to turn to for help in promoting your work in the Christian market.

Magazine

Ed2010.com is a forum with a more relaxed atmosphere where young magazine editors give tips on the industry and keep you in the know with networking events and journalism job postings.