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How To Find The Best Agent For Your Book
What is the next step after you finish a book? How do you find an agent who will be interested in your book? It can be a daunting task if you do not know where to start. It is becoming easier to get an agent, but how do can you make sure that you get a reputable agent? The following are the steps you need to do to find an agent.
Finish your book
Few literary agents are interested in book ideas. They want you to come with a completed book. The only exception is when you have a very specific audience. In this case, what you need to do is to write a book proposal. Any time you are looking for an agent, you should have a manuscript that is complete and well-polished.
Learn the basics of the publishing industry
You should understand the market you are targeting. Know all the terminology, the big agencies, understand publishing contracts, and know your rights. You should also know the steps involved in the publishing process and set realistic goals.
Define your target market
If you find it difficult to categorize or classify your book, don’t expect much help from an agent. In order to get an agent, you need to define who the book is intended for, whether or not it has been categorized. However, it is important for you to define your genre if you want an agent to find an audience for it.
Make a list of suitable agents
When you do some research, you will come across many independent agents and agencies. Make sure that you make a list of the agents that you prefer based on your genre. With this list you will be able to narrow down the agents you would want to represent you. There are several ways to find agents that have represented books similar to yours.
The first method is to research directories of literary agents and publishers. Keep in mind that these journals are usually out of date when they hit the shelves. You should therefore verify an agent’s contact information before making contact.
You can also find agents for your genre by browsing bookstores. When you peruse books from your category, you are bound to find some authors that have mentioned their agents. Also listen to interviews and book reviews with authors in your genre because they often mention their agents.
Networking with fellow authors will also make it easier to find an agent that can represent your book. Ask other authors who have published in your genre before and you will get many recommendations for an agent.
The internet is one of the biggest sources of information about agents. However, you should be careful because it is also full of disreputable agents.
Write the perfect query letter
A query letter is one of the most important things that can improve your chances of getting a good agent. Your letter should get the attention of an agent in the first few words. Once you draft the perfect letter, start sending it to agents.