FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We encourage prospective clients to read through our FAQ before contacting us.
What services does WLA provide?
We provide an integrated set of literary representation and management services specifically designed to meet the needs of writers working at the cutting-edge of contemporary literature, arts, and culture. You can learn more here.
I have a question. Can I call to get my answer?
All phone calls must be scheduled in advance. Email is our main method of communication at WLA. Please direct general inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What categories do you specialize in?
What do you look for in a project?
We are keen on thoughtful, innovative, challenging, and intellectually ambitious work. That said, we are also interested in work that can be marketed in many media and territories around the world.
Do you represent genre fiction?
Although we do not consider genre fiction and literary fiction mutually exclusive, we are looking for fiction with strong literary elements, not straightforward genre fiction such as science fiction, horror, crime, thriller, romance, or western, and will judge your work according to the standards of serious literature.
Do you represent children’s literature or works for young adults?
No. We do not represent works intended for children or young adults.
Can I submit my query by email?
No. We will only accept queries submitted via our online submission portal. Any queries submitted by email will be deleted unread.
Do you accept submissions by regular mail?
No. Submissions received via regular mail or courier will be recycled unopened.
Do you accept queries from international writers?
Yes. WLA is a nationality-agnostic literary agency with a focus on contemporary writing—literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, graphic narrative, and poetry. We welcome queries from writers living anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality.
I have an idea for a narrative nonfiction project. May I send a quick email to find out if you would be interested?
We would much rather receive a standard submission from the outset. Please consult our submission guidelines for more information.
My work falls into more than one category. Can I query for more than one?
We encourage you to submit a query for the category that most closely relates to your body of published work (i.e. short fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or poetry) in literary magazines or journals.
Do you charge reading fees?
No. WLA is committed to the highest standards in literary representation and management. We do not charge reading fees and neither do we charge for our time and expense in reviewing, editing, and developing projects for sale.
Does WLA use a written agreement?
Yes. Prospective clients will be required to sign an agreement that defines the terms of our working relationship and the scope of representation.
Is there a minimum term?
Yes. We ask that a client commit to a minimum of one year. After that the agreement will operate on a month-to-month basis, unless either party gives the other written notice, at least 60 days prior, to terminate it.
What are your commission rates?
WLA retains a 15% commission on domestic sales (North America), 20% on UK and Commonwealth sales, 20% to 25% on foreign and translation sales, and 20% on film and television sales.
What expenses are clients responsible for?
We may charge clients the costs of large photocopying jobs or for buying books or galleys for manuscript or book proposal submissions, long-distance courier services, and international or long-distance telephone services. All such expenses must be approved by the author.
What are your response times?
Depending on the category, response time can range from 2 days to 4 weeks, although it might be longer during busy periods or holidays. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee written responses to unsuccessful queries. If you have not received a response within 6 weeks, it unfortunately indicates that we will not be requesting more material or offering representation. For full manuscript requests, we aim to respond within 4 weeks.
Will you send me comments if my submission is rejected?
No. Unfortunately, being a small agency we just do not have the capacity to provide personalized feedback on individual submissions.
Are you currently accepting interns?
WLA is not accepting internship applications at this time.