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Who Needs Literary Agents And Who Doesn’t?

Literary agents act as the gatekeepers to the coveted traditional book publishing industry. They can literary make or break a writer’s dream of publishing his/her works with traditional publishing houses. However, many less-experienced authors don’t know when to get a literary agent or whether they...

Most Important Things To Know About Literary Agents

If you have written a book and want to publish it using a commercial publisher, you must get an agent to introduce your work to the publisher. Agents significantly increase your chances of landing a book deal and they are well worth the 12-15% commission...

Do You Really Need a Literary Agent?

When you are searching for that lucrative book deal, one question you need to ask is, do you need a literary agent? Well, the answer to this is yes and no. If you want to go down the traditional book publishing route and have your book...

How to Write a Query Letter to a Literary Agent

A query letter is basically a way for you to pitch your idea about your book to a literary agent or indeed a publisher. It is usually only a one page letter which is short, simple and to the point. The query letter should essentially contain...

How to Submit your Manuscript

You have written your book and you are ready to send the manuscript to a publishing house, but how do you do this? The first thing to remember is that every publisher will have different rules and requirements for submission so read these carefully before...

How to Best Approach a Literary Agent

You have finished writing your book and it has been edited to perfection, it is ready for the world to read, so how do you go about approaching a literary agent? First, in order to approach publishing houses you will need to find yourself a...

Are There Different Types of Literary Agents?

The answer to this question really is no, all literary agents perform the same role. However, you can categorise literary agents into the genres that they deal with. So, for example, you will have nonfiction literary agents and screenplay literary agents. They all pretty much...

How Do You Increase Your Chances Of Success When Querying Agents?

Sometimes you might send many query letters, only to realize that you get too many form rejections for no apparent reason. There are several things that authors often overlook and don’t want to consider. For example, the problem might not be in the query letter...

Playing the Waiting Game After You Send Query Letters

Writing and trying to get published can be a frustrating affair. The hardest part of this process has to be the wait before you receive responses from agents after sending out query letters. Literary agents can be compared to glaciers when it comes to doing...

Mastering The Art Of Sending Query Letters

When you are sending out query letters, you should always remember that “knowledge is power.” Ignorance may be bliss in some industries but when it comes to the publishing field, you should gather as much information as you can about everything. In publishing, you put...