How to Get an Agent

That Will Help To Boost Your Career

The first question I am always asked is,

how to get an agent?

When you are trying to figure out how to become a writer, the first thing you want to know is how to get representation?

But do you even need an agent? We have some things you will want to think about before you decide. And if you do think it's the best way to go, we will give you the steps to take to get one.

So how do you decide if you need one? Well, that depends on you. What are your writing goals?

Agents do a lot for their clients so if your not the type of person that wants to handle all aspects of writing, marketing and publishing a book, you may want to get an one.

So the big question is, how to get an agent that is right for you? Well, before we get into that, you will want to have a clear idea about what your looking for.


Ask yourself these questions:


  • Are you interested in a large or small agency? - Larger agencies tend to work with commercial projects and established authors and can be tough for new authors who want more attention.


  • What do you want in an agent? - Agents are very different and knowing what type of relationship you want can help you to avoid disappointment. If you want someone you can become friends with, you wouldn't want to choose an agent who is all business so doing as much research as possible can assist you in choosing wisely.


  • Are you willing to spend any money to be associated with an agent? - Some agents charge for things like reading fees, copies, postage, and commissions. Not all agents pass on these charges so be sure to ask if you're not sure.


  • Do you need your agent to have a lot of experience? - Agents contacts can be pretty important in the publishing industry, but if you have a really good relationship with your agent and trust them, they can learn and grow and do as well for you as anyone else.


  • Do you have a preference where your agent is located? - Agents are all over, not just New York and L.A anymore, and with all the ways we communicate now, it really should not be a factor unless you want to be near your agent.


Having the answers to these questions is a good place to start, but your not finished yet. As you may know, it's not just about how to get an agent, but getting the right publishing agent for the work you do.

Do you write:


Agents usually have a few types of work they will represent for example some may take on detective mysteries and women's fiction, where another agent only looks at publishing poems or musical theatre.

It's important to find the right agent to represent you and your work and we recommend 2011 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition and 2011 Guide To Literary Agents to help you find your perfect agent.

Both of these books have so much valuable information in it for writers about how to get an agent.

Whatever your goals, writing for money is usually one of them and having an agent to represent you can usually get you the best deal. So how do you find your perfect agent? And how do you get an agent, anyway?

In fiction, the first step is to finish your manuscript. Write it, have it edited, polish it, proof read it and make sure it's really good.

Then comes researching the type of agent you are looking for and learning as much as you can about the agent, the agency, submission requirements and everything else you can find.

Check out Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents and my other favorite resource, Guide to Literary Agents 2011

Once you choose a few agents that you feel are right for you based on your research, you will need to write your query letter. This is a pretty important letter. It has to grab the agents attention, be professional, and talk about your book.

What do you include in the letter?

  • Address the person your writing to by name.
  • The hook - get their attention.
  • Tell them about your book.
  • Tell them about you.

Then, once that is done. You will send out your submission and...wait.


That is the hardest part of all.


Being patient is all part of the process if you are going to work with a publishing agent. But not everyone wants to go the traditional route. These days we have so many options!

It's empowering to know you don't have to jump through all the hoops that getting a book publishing agent requires. I know many writers who use book publishing software to create their work in PDF.

I really like Corel PDF Fusion. It allows you to create your work in PDF so you can publish your work on-line as ebooks for sale. It's fun being an ebook publisher and if you are dedicated you can do very well!Is self publishing for you?

Only you will be able to decide, but it's nice to know your writing career doesn't have to depend on an agent!



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