FIND A LITERARY AGENT WHO IS RIGHT FOR YOU (AND YOUR BOOK): THREE TIPS

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Most larger book publishers insist that you submit your book through a literary agent, although many smaller publishers do not. Agents are gatekeepers: They choose to represent only those books they feel have a decent chance of getting a book deal and an advance. When an in-house acquisitions editor receives a pitch from a literary…

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WAITING FOR AN AGENT OR EDITOR TO RESPOND? GET BUSY!

The dog days of August can be the most frustrating for a writer because it’s next to impossible to get the attention of an agent or, if a proposal is on submission, an editor. Rather than drive yourself crazy waiting for a response to your e-mail or snail mail, here’s what to keep yourself from…

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Be True to Your Vision As an Author

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a writer, you have to accept that to be true to your vision may mean saying no to a potential book publishing deal. It may mean that a literary agent will drop you from her roster. My advice is to feel your fear and then, let it go. You might need to make many submissions to get an agent or in-house editor who shares your vision, so don’t give up prematurely.

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ON REJECTION LETTERS

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Rejection letters can be demoralizing, but they don’t have to be. Recently, I had just read and responded to an interesting blog piece on rejection letters when I received an email from an agent I know telling me that she’d just received a response to her gentle rejection letter to someone I’d given her name to. This…

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HOW TO FIND A LITERARY AGENT

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People often ask me how to find a literary agent. Because literary agents work entirely on spec (meaning they don’t earn a dime until they sell your book AND the check has cleared their bank account), they’re not always easy to procure. This is my basic advice on how to find a literary agent:

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