5 Tips For Getting a Literary Agent

If your dream is to be a writer, getting a literary agent is an essential key to getting your work to a wide audience. Here are some tips on finding yours!


If your dream is to be a writer, getting a literary agent is an essential key to supporting you and getting your work to a wide audience. However, signing with one is no easy task. Here are five tips that will help you get a literary agent!


1. Do Your Research

Instead of just throwing applications to every literary agency you can find, you’ll increase your chances if you find places that have published works similar to yours. With thousands upon thousands of agencies out there, you need to thoroughly investigate which ones are worth your time. For example, if you have written a romance novel, don’t send it One important thing to look at is clients the agency has worked with in the past. Make sure to look at their webpages, profiles, and interviews. 



2. Perfect your Query letter

While it may sound overwhelming at first, a query letter is just brief, professionally written synopsis describing what your book is about. You should also include information about why you are drawn to the particular agency, the type of book it is, the targeted demographic, and briefly about who you are as a person and writer. Make sure to make your letter engaging and polished, for it needs to grab the attention of the agent. Readers in these agencies know pretty quickly, within the first few pages, whether or not they’d like to continue with your project. 


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3. Look out for scammers!

While most agents are looking to help you advance your career, a lot of places don’t have your best interest in mind. The number one warning sign for a scam agency is if they ask you to pay a fee. Agencies are there to make money for you, not take it away from you. These are typically called vanity presses, and should be avoided at all costs. The best way to avoid these things is to submit to agents who sell to major publishers, and to agencies that have a reputable clientele list. 


4. Always follow up

While some are hesitant to do this because it’ll make them seem desperate or pushy, sometimes agents just need a little extra nudge. They are also often flooded with submissions, so it’s easy for them to lose track of things. Although it’s wise not to get your hopes up, especially with big name agencies, a follow up never hurts, and showing your persistence and dedication may be looked at favorably. 



5. Face rejection with dignity 

Due to the highly competitive nature of the industry, writers will need to prepare themselves for a slew of rejections, especially towards the beginning of their journey. Like most careers in the creative field, it’s better to not take these things personally, it isn’t a reflection of your skills. The no could be for any reason, your writing wasn’t the agents personal taste, they’re already representing a similar writer, or it’s just not what they’re looking for right now. But don’t get discouraged-keep your head up and keep on applying! 


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