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Qualities of the Ideal Literary Agent New!

For first time authors, finding a literary agent who will understand their work and promote it successfully can be challenging. The process of finding the right agent can also be lengthy and sometimes tedious when considering the need to match your book with the right...

Do You Need an Agent?

As a new writer, you may be wondering if an agent is necessary. Well, that depends entirely on what path you plan on taking with your career - self-publishing or traditional publishing. An agent is responsible for sending out manuscripts to publishers and helping to get...

How to Spot a Literary Agent Scam – Part 2

So, what can you do to work out if an agency is legitimate or not? Only Query Established Agents – Not an editor/agent, or a publisher/agent. There are some agents that do multi-task but being an agent should be their number one priority. Good agents have...

How to Spot a Literary Agent Scam – Part 1

You are ready to start looking for a literary agent but it’s an absolute minefield. There are so many to choose from and they all seem to offer so much. Where do you start? How do you make sure you don’t get caught in a...

Multiple Agents for Multiple Genres?

One very commonly asked question of literary agents, a question that has a complicated answer, is “Do I need more than one agent if I write more than one genre?” This isn’t an easy subject to address but we’ll have a go. Many writers are...

7 Elements of a Successful Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Nonfiction book proposals are vastly different from those for fiction stories, mainly because you do not write the entire manuscript first. Instead, you are providing the idea, a synopsis of the book and a chapter or two to see if the agent thinks the idea...

Don’t Sign With a Literary Agent - Part 3

These are the last questions that you should be asking a prospective agent before you sign up. If You Move To A Different Agency, Do I Go With You? This is an important question to ask if you are dealing with a large agency. Agents move all...

Don’t Sign With a Literary Agent - Part 2

On to the next set of questions to ask a prospective agent: If Your Chosen Editors Refuse the Book, What Will You Do Next? Or Should I Start on Another Project Instead? There are always agents that will only sell in large deals to well-known editors and...

Don’t Sign With a Literary Agent - Part 1

At least until you have asked some questions of them and are happy with the answers. Literary agents may have connections but that doesn’t mean that the first to accept you is necessarily the best for you. Your relationship with your agent needs to work,...

Writing Your Query Letter – Your Bio Part 2

Welcome back. Now you know what to include in your Bio but what about what you should never say? Let’s see: What Not To Include Never say that your work is copyrighted. All written work is copyrighted and saying so makes you look like nothing more than...