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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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