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Top Tips For Finding A Literary Agent

September 20th, 2019

If you want to be a novelist, sooner or later you’ll face the difficult decision of whether to self-publish or go down the traditional route of finding a publisher. For anyone hoping to find a publisher, it’s highly likely (and, in most cases, advisable) to first seek representation from a literary agent.

Why do you need an agent?

The majority of publishers will not accept manuscripts directly from authors. If you are serious about getting published by a reputable publishing house, you need an agent. Of course, agents do more than just find you a publisher. A good agent acts like your best writing buddy – they support you, help you come up with ideas for books they think will sell, give feedback on your work, negotiate contracts on your behalf and help you build your writing career. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Day In The Life Of A Literary Agent

April 12th, 2019

Just recently, I seem to have had a number of guests who have given advice about self-publishing. But what about the many writers who want to go down the more conventional path and publish via an agent? So this week I’ve been talking to Susan Yearwood, who runs a successful London agency, about what her work entails and what she is looking for when taking on a new author.

“My day consists of editing, arranging and attending meetings as well as signing writers to my agency.

I recently met with a writer and discussed edits before he re-submits his script to me. His will be the second signing to Susan Yearwood Agency in just over a week, the first of which pertains to a psychological thriller writer; her script is at the line-by-line editing stage. Read the rest of this entry »




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Do Agents Earn Their Money

September 3rd, 2018

This week, instead of doing a miscellany, I’m going to look at getting an agent. So, the first question you need to ask is, in these days of self-publishing, indi-publishing and print on demand: do agents make a difference?  Yes!  If you still want to go down the route of selling your book to a mainstream publisher, then having it handled by an agent will increase your chances of success.  For one thing, it will mean you dodge the horrors of the dreaded slush pile.  Publishers trust the judgement of literary agents and will treat anything sent by them with more repect. Plus, many publishers no longer accept submissions from un-agented writers.

Agents certainly earn their 10 per cent commission.  They have the contacts and inside knowledge of the business, and will offer you advice on honing your novel before it is submitted to a publisher. Not to mention selling on various rights and pushing for overseas sales. Read the rest of this entry »




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Do You Need An Agent?

July 1st, 2016

Fiction-Book-Writers-Bureau-blogFirst, thanks to Lorraine for last week’s blog. It’s great to have her back on the team and she makes a very valid point in her post. Never limit your ambitions. Keep an open mind and be willing to try anything.

With so many people self-publishing (as e-books and print on demand),do you really need an agent? It’s a question I get asked all the time. If you hope to get into professional, mainstream publishing then the answer is still a resounding ‘Yes’!  For one thing, it will mean you dodge the horrors of the dreaded slush pile.  Publishers trust the judgement of literary agents and will treat anything sent by them with special interest and care. In fact, many publishers won’t even accept a manuscript from an un-agented author. Read the rest of this entry »




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How to Get an Agent in (Almost) Five Minutes

July 6th, 2015

sheil-land-associates--blogAt the moment we hear so much about authors publishing their own books – both online with Amazon or print-on-demand. But there are still many people whose true ambition is to be taken up by an established publishing house so that the ‘technical’ side is taken care of for them and they get the recognition which being professionally published brings. Let’s be honest – if you get an offer from HarperCollins or Pan Macmillan you know you’ve made it! Read the rest of this entry »




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