Finding an Agent in our Directory of Literary Agents
So, how do you find an agent to promote your work?
Right here is a good place to start. Browse (by
location or by topic) or search
through our directory of agents to find the right agent for you.
Remember, it is important to approach agents that
deal with the type of book you intend to publish.
Finding a Literary Agent can be the making of
a writing career.
What Does A Literary Agent Do?
There is more to being a writer than stringing words
together. Even great writers have to do more than write.
Unless you can persuade someone to publish the words
you slave over, your writing will remain unknown and unread and writing
will drain rather than fill your bank account.
That's where a Literary Agent comes in. Your literary
agent is the book-marketing expert who can sell your crafted words to
jaded publishing professionals. He or she can turn a manuscript gathering
dust in your desk drawer into a published book paying the bills. A reputable
agent will go to work for you to make sure that your writing pays what
An agent will give your work a much better chance
of escaping the slush piles that threaten to overwhelm the office space
of all successful publishers. Your job, which isn't easy, is produce writing
that an agent can believe in.
Can I Trust An Agent Listed in This Directory?
The WritersNet Directory of Literary Agents may include
agents who charge a reading fee for reviewing a manuscript. This is often
considered an indicator of a disreputable agent. For this reason, agents
who charge a reading fee are required to include this fact in their WritersNet
profile. Since agents enter themselves into our database, you cannot assume
that every literary agent in our directory is reliable or fair.
For advice about a particular agent, try posting
a question in our discussion forums.
Alternatively, check whether the agent you are considering approaching
is a member of the Association of
Authors Representatives (US) or the Association
of Authors Agents (UK). Both organizations have stringent membership
requirements which exclude the dubious practices which are a sad fact
of the publishing industry.
There are reputable agents who do not belong to these
organisations. But any agent whose terms do not fall within the bounds
of what these organizations consider acceptable practice should be approached
with caution. Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writers of America, Inc maintains a very useful resource for writers,
which describes what
writers should beware of and offers case studies and warnings regarding
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