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WORD|LINK LITERARY


FROM NEW ZEALAND TO NEW YORK

REPRESENTATION - MANAGEMENT - DEVELOPMENT

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WORD|LINK LITERARY


FROM NEW ZEALAND TO NEW YORK

REPRESENTATION - MANAGEMENT - DEVELOPMENT

WORD|LINK was founded in 1998 as a cooperative of writers, editors and agents in the United States and New Zealand, and today remains dedicated to supporting writers of exceptional talent through the publishing journey. 

Although WORD|LINK is growing, we remain a small agency at heart and in practice. Our authors enjoy close personal attention in the development of their works and the achievement of their career goals. The writers we represent are selected not just because of their outstanding writing and quality works of fiction and nonfiction, but because of their willingness to participate in the process, their enthusiasm for writing as a lifelong career, a dedication to their craft, and an unselfish support of the writing community.

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Latest News


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Latest News


Welcome to WORD|LINK’S new website!

This site will always be a work in progress as new authors come on board, new contracts are sealed and new books are being released, so we hope you’ll visit often.

First up, for all WORD|LINK authors; check the author’s page – by clicking on your photo (or name, if you don’t have your photo up) it should be linked to your own website or blog. If your link does not go to the place you want it to, then let me know.

Congratulations!

ELLA WEST 

for winning the LIANZA YA award for NIGHT VISION!

RICHARD FAIRGRAY & TERRY JONES 

for the release of their wildly imaginative and witty picture book GORILLA’S IN OUR MIDST, plus the numerous contracts they’ve signed for their upcoming publications of MY GRAMPA IS A DINOSAUR and I WISH I HAD AN ELEPHANT.

ALICE ARNDELL

for the release of her scrumptious cookbook BAKE ME HOME

And to ELENOR GILL for the re-release of four (yes four!) titles on ebook:

THE MOON SPUN ROUND

ALL THAT WE REMEMBER

DREAMS OF ORIGAMI

MIRIAM’S TALISMAN

And to the upcoming releases of:

 MINOTAUR by PHILL SIMPSON in September

AMERICAN BLOOD by BEN SANDERS in November

AND MORE UPCOMING RELEASES LATER THIS YEAR AND INTO 2016

HILL AND HOLE by KYLE MEWBURN & VASANTI UNKA 

THE MACKENZIE by MARY HOBBS 

MY DARLING LEMON THYME 2 by EMMA GALLOWAY

CHOICE OF ENEMIES by M.A. RICHARDS

  And much more to come! (So watch this space)

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Our Agents


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Our Agents


Daniel Myers

Dan's experience in the publishing industry covers a wide spectrum as an author, editor, publishing consultant, and literary agent. He has also had a long association with the aviation industry as a pilot and air traffic controller. In his spare time he likes to imagine what he'd do if he actually had spare time. He divides his time between New Zealand and Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Along with managing the agency, Dan works closely with authors in developing their work to the highest standard. 

 

Dean Krystek

After retiring from a long military career, Dean put away his uniform and decided to follow his passion for books. He is an alumnus of the Universities of Maryland and South Carolina, and is a published novelist and short story writer. He currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Lynda. 

Dean is always looking for the best in edge-of-the-seat thrillers, recent history military fiction, high-quality science fiction and that elusive "something new, something great." 



Vicki Marsdon

Vicki started her career in publishing as a sales and marketing manager. She developed the successful children's list at Reed Publishing before working at Penguin (NZ). Most recently she was Associate Publisher at HarperCollins (NZ). Vicki joined Word|Link, to continue indulging her passion for developing new writers in a new age for publishing. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Her interests are quality children's picture books with an international appeal, thought-provoking women's fiction with strong characters, and high-quality nonfiction.

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Our Authors


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Our Authors


Click on an author's image below to go to their personal webpage.

WILL CREEDLE

Mother of Pearl

Evan Branko (is Unlovable)

Ken benn

The Tarot Mysteries 

Book One: Flipside

 

MATT CAIRNS

Cold-Blooded

(Bay Road Media: 2015)

ELENOR GILL

The Moon Spun Round

(Diversion Books: 2015)

ALICE ARNDELL

Bake Me Home

(HarperCollins NZ: 2015)

DARIAN SMITH

Agents of Kalanon

A Sir Brannon Kesh Mystery

VANESSA CLARKSON

The Whole Food Weaning Cookbook

 

TANIA HUTLEY

Skin Hunter


MICHAEL SCOTT

The Global Gardener

(Radio New Zealand 2015)


SIMON POLLARD 

I am an Insect

I am a Spider



JOSEPH PICARD

Garden State Variety

Road Kill


GARY CROSS

The Infected

Blood


EMMA PULLAR

Obe City

BEN SANDERS

American Blood

(St Martins Press, due on 11/17/2016)

KEITH BUTLER

The Secret Vindaloo

(Bay Road Media: 2015)

FAIRGRAY & JONES

Gorillas In Our Midst

(Sky Pony Publishers: 2015)

EMMA GALLOWAY

My Darling Lemon Thyme Part 2

(HarperCollins NZ 2016)

JOSEPH ECKERT

The Traveler

 

RUSSELL MEEK

The Khalada Stones

Book One: The Madness of Hallen

MARY HOBBS

The Mackenzie

(Potton and Burton Publishers: due in late 2015)

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KYLE MEWBURN &

VASANTI UNKA

Hill & Hole (Feiwel & Friends: 2016)


Keren Chiaroni

Poetry and Insurrection: 

Madeleine Riffaud, Femme Extraordinaire


PHYLLIS SHERMAN  

& BRETT SHERMAN    

Detective Ethan Jellus Mysteries


PAULA DARNELL 

A DIY Diva Mystery (series)


PHYLLIS SHERMAN

Rooms on Third

Hotel Excelsior


KEVIN LEICINGER

Street Pollo

Anika


TANNIS LAIDLAW

In a Manor of Speaking

DONNA MALANE

My Brother's Keeper

(HarperCollins NZ: 2012)

HAP CAMERON

Hap Working the World

(Allen & Unwin: 2014)

 

ELLA WEST

Night Vision

(Allen & Unwin: 2014)

PHILL SIMPSON

Minotaur

(Month 9 Books: 2015)

M.A. RIchards

Choice of Enemies

(Sunbury Press: 2016)

KELLYANN ZUZULO

Gnaw

 

JOHN LOCKYER

The Pureman

 

ROB ALLEN

A Competent Man

BEVAN SMITH

Riverstone Kitchen


GREG FOWLER 

Jam Sandwiches


DANIEL MYERS

The Second Favorite Son

(Bay Road Media)


JAMES CARMODY

The Giant Killer

 


TRACY HAISLEY

Still Life

 


 

 

 

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Submissions


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Submissions


Please carefully review submission guidelines before contacting Word|Link. You can submit a query letter directly to the agent or to Submissions@Wordlink.us. Inquiry of rights availability, or to ask general questions of the agency, please contact Dan Myers.

For query letters:

  • First, and we cannot stress this enough: Do not attach files or embed sample chapters in your email, these queries are deleted without response. Attachments are never opened. The ability to follow instructions is a vital part of the process from query letter to the published book. 
  • Put the title of your work in the Subject line. Send your email to the agent you think would be most interested in your work, or submit it to Submissions@Wordlink.us. All queries are reviewed by all agents, but it is best to start with the one you believe would be most interested.
  • Please be patient. It can take 2 weeks or more for us to give your query full consideration and respond.

For rights inquiries:

  • Put the title of the work, author and "rights query" in the Subject line. Send it to Dan Myers.
  • Clearly state what rights you are interested in, the publisher/producer you represent, and your telephone/email contact details.

For general inquiries:

  • Identify the nature of your email in the Subject line (i.e. question, request, comment, interview, etc.).
  • We endeavor to answer all emails promptly (although query letters can take longer to be properly considered). However, please be advised that certain emails are deleted automatically and will not be responded to. These include:
    • Query letters with unrequested attachments or embedded chapters.
    • Mass emailings.
    • Solicitations. 
    • Emails that include inflammatory language or just general nuttiness.

 We look forward to hearing from you.

  

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W|L Publications


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W|L Publications


 

Every year (or thereabouts), a group of WORD|LINK authors put together a compendium of short stories sharing a common theme. In 2014, they released Obscured Vision, a collection of speculative fiction, each with its own take on the perception of reality. Featuring works by Darian Smith, Elenor Gill, Gary Cross, Joseph Eckert, Ken Benn, Tannis Laidlaw and Will Creedle.

If you have a PDF viewer, you can CLICK HERE for a free downloadObscured Vision is also available on Kindle. 100% of the proceeds from the Kindle edition go to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand.