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How to Find an Agent

If you live outside of the United States (or places where they have writers conferences and you get to meet agents), it can be hard to find an agent. But not impossible. There are lots of resources on the web.

  • Sign up for the Guide to Literary Agents newsletter. You get introduced to lots of agents, established and new.
  • Sign up for the Publishers Lunch newsletter. You’ll get to know what various agents are up to (among other things).
  • If you have the money, or access to a library, theĀ  Writers Market is an excellent resource.

IMHO you really don’t need any paid resources. If you’re not getting a hit on your query, it probably means that a) your query is not strong enough, or b) your manuscript needs more work.

Some things to watch out for:

  • You should never have to pay an agent to read your work. Most of the US based agents are members of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives). Not to say the ones that are not part of this organization are not legit, but if they are associated with the AAR, you have an additional safety net.
  • There are a lot of scam artists around. There are also legit agents who are plain incompetent, which means they may not be able to negotiate the best possible deal for you. Before you sign up, read the fine print. Research author friendly contracts. Check to see what kind of sales they have made. If you can’t find any on their website, ask. Get client referrals.

Useful websites on agents:

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