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Someone who represents a writer to publishers.

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How do I find an agent?

I finished my novel, and everyone I've talked to says I need an agent. How do I find one?
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When do you stop “pushing” a book?

Let's suppose you have finished your novel, through all the appropriate stages of drafting and editing needed. You begin submitting the book to various agents and/or publishing companies, but none of ...
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How do I write a synopsis?

I have to write a synopsis to submit to an agent. Are there any guidelines for writing a good synopsis?
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Are agents too busy for new clients? What should I do next?

Most publishers insist that first-time writers approach via a literary agent. However, all the literary agents I have contacted claim to be too busy to take on new clients, as they receive hundreds or ...
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Can I shop an unfinished novel?

I've been writing a novel that addresses some very current themes. My belief is that if I can get it out there quickly, it will succeed well. I'm working on it frantically, but will agents consider ...
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How to figure out if an agent is “on the straight” or “shady”?

Are there any specific signs (singular or groups of) that I should pay attention to when it comes to agents? I have read about agents who work for less reputable publishing houses, charging fees for ...
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Is it posssible to find a literary agent if I'm Egyptian but write in English?

Here is my situation: I am Egyptian, my native language is Arabic but I don't want to write in Arabic I want to write in English. Would a literary agent from an English speaking country agree to work ...
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I cannot figure out the exact genre (and target audience) of my book

For more than three years, I've been writing and re-writing my novel involving immortal characters. Now I'm finally gathering courage to write a query letter and begin searching for agents. My ...
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Waiting for response to full MS

About three months ago, an agent that I had queried responded with a request for the full manuscript of the novel that I had written to her about. It's now been nearly three months, and I haven't ...
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How does one go about successfully getting their movie script, or screen play, into the right hands?

How does one go about successfully getting their movie script, or screen play, into the hands of top level Hollywood producers? Does one need a literary agent? If so where does one find one that ...
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How do collaborating authors choose an agent?

If two authors collaborate, and each of them already has an agent - then who handles the collaborative work? Do the authors decide to be jointly represented under one of their two agents? If that's ...
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Submitting a partially complete draft?

I'm 50,000 words into my first book. Based on my plot and roadmap, that's about 25% of the way into it, so about 200k. I have roughly 110 pages in a good place, as I've already re-drafted three or ...
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How to convey a concept without illustrations when submitting?

Everything I have read or been told, and every guideline I have seen regarding submitting a picture book manuscript to a publisher has indicated that illustrations should not be included in the ...
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How to find the right literary agent in the USA?

I want to publish an English language book in the USA as a foreigner. Someone told me that the USA is mainly interested in American subjects, so anything else is quite hard to sell. Besides the fact ...
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Are there any good tools out there to track your submissions to agents or publishers?

I've used The Submissions Grinder when submitting work to publishers, but they don't have any way to track submissions to non standard markets or to agents. I know I could use a spreadsheet, but I'm ...
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Other than find a publisher for your work, what do agents do?

A lot of people recommend agents. I've heard advice that an agent's job involves a lot more than just finding a publisher for your novel, but no one really says what else their job entails. What else ...
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How much agent contact should I expect?

How much contact should I expect to have with my literary agent (from a sizeable London firm, representing my first novel)? Are months of silence to be expected/endured? If so...how many?
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What are typical response rates to non-fiction queries?

I've begun sending out queries to agents for my recently completed non-fiction manuscript. A decade ago, I sent out queries frequently, for children's books, directly to publishers. After a while, ...
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Can I hire an author manager as a beginner author?

So far, I've only written one short story but I wish to write a novella. I'm worried, however, about the enormous work of marketing and contacting agents and publishers. I just want to focus on my ...
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Would a full service PoD company include a literary agent?

I have been communicating with three PoD companies. I was considering the first, it has been in business for years and provides a certain number of copies to the author, the rest are sold from their ...
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How much and which parts of a manuscript should I submit to an agent?

I've got a book that I think is interesting and action packed - a traumatic scene begins right in the prologue, but chapter one is a bit slow while I introduce characters, the setting, and weave ...
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What can an agent do for me if I only write short stories?

Recently, I have been having moderate success with my short stories, being selected to have my work read at several local literary events and winning a competition for a major literary journal. I ...
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How to pitch TV show with a 'hook' when have a complete bible and treatments?

So, I have a TV show I have been writing and will finish soon enough. I have been working on this for a long time, and have written 9 seasons. The type of show is a sitcom. It is based on my ...
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What exactly is an editor “summary”?

An Australian literary agent just knocked me back after reading my debut novel manuscript. He advised me to find an editor and said he'll entertain reading my work again but would like to first see ...
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Are submission services worth pursuing?

I have found a company called Writer’s Relief. Their service is to write compelling submission and query letters to genre appropriate agents and publishers. They ask for a synopsis, fifteen pages of ...
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How to summarize prolonged plot

I'm trying to write a summary of my book's plot for a query letter to literary agents, but my plot is extremely hard to summarize. The reason is that the plot is fast-paced, erratic, and constantly ...
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If the first book didn't sell well due to going the self-publishing route, is writing the sequel worth it from a business perspective toward agents?

I wrote and self-published a MG fantasy book that did relatively well locally: It's in elementary school libraries, at the local public libraries, and as a student teacher I enjoy giving lessons on ...
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Should I give out specific information about agent interest to other agents?

I've edited the question for clarity following some unexpected comments in the first answer. I submitted my latest novel to a handful of agents, and had a request for a full manuscript. On almost ...
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A question about agents and multiple submissions

I very recently finished my first sci-fi novel and sent out agent queries, and fortune has smiled on me. Out of four responses, one was a request for the full manuscript, which was sent about a week ...
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How would an agent approach a debut piece written by two new authors (co-authors)

This is still all in the realm of the hypothetical, but given that it becomes closer to the reality, I'm very curious... Let's say you have two new, previously unpublished and unrepresented authors ...
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How to find a British agency that will publish a book in Russia?

How can I find a British agency to represent me as a writer in Russia in order to publish a book there (a book written originally in Russian)? Do such agencies exist? I understand that it does sound ...
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Querying a book that already has public exposure on Wattpad. What do agents think of this?

My novella won the 2017 Watty Award and has garnered a lot of reads- currently at 67k reads (if were longer, it'd be double that number, but the reads are counted per chapter- It's only 8 chapters in ...
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Can a literary agent be hired?

I've sent my manuscript to tens of literary agents. Strangely enough, I received no positive response. My question: Can I hire a literary agent? If yes, how much it costs? Are there other ways (...
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Why would an agent request an exclusive submission?

I understand why publishers often ask for exclusive submissions. They're counting on a story that has been submitted to them to be available for them to purchase if they decide they like it and it ...
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Writer's Platform

I realize most agents and publishers ask you information about your writer's platform. I looks like having a writer's platform has become an essential part of your introduction to agents or publishers....
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How to find an agent for a children's picture book?

I have written (and self-edited) a book, and need to figure out how to expose it to the "right" agents. I'm a little overwhelmed (and I'm sure I'm not the first), but I do think it is a unique story ...
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Get an agent for prescriptive non-fiction before or after completing a manuscript?

In the publishing industry, is it usual for authors to have a complete prescriptive non-fiction manuscript before seeking an agent, or after seeking an agent? I am a professor interested in writing a ...
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How do I write a relevant CV for submitting a manuscript to a literary agent?

I am submitting a children's book to a potential agent whose submission process asks me to send this: a covering letter in the body of the email, and a synopsis of the proposed book with the first ...
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What to do when my preview exceeds the requested submission length?

One of the agents I intend to query to requests the first fifty pages be attached to the query email. When I formatted the first four chapters and prologue into submission format, it reached 52 pages. ...
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How to prepare a manuscript for submission?

When my book is ready to give to some volunteer readers/reviewers: Suppose some of the reviewers want a hard copy. What's the best way to prepare the hard copy for them? Is this the same as the ...
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As an author, how can you ensure that your agent/publisher isn’t ripping you off by pocketing your money and giving you false info about sales?

Agents typically demand that authors sign over complete control of their royalties to them so that their money comes from the agent rather than from the publisher directly. I know a certain author ...
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How Do You Find a Literary Agent?

What is the basic path to getting a literary agent? I understand that going to a writing conference helps you find one, but where can I find writing conferences? I did a search for them and could only ...
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using a literary agent

I have read numerous books on the pros and cons of getting representation with a literary agent. Would any of you care to give advice on whether or not an agent is a good idea? I understand they work ...
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Quantity of Writing Needed to Find Representation For a TV Serial

I have reached a point in writing a TV serial where I'm considering looking for an agent to represent me, but I'm not sure how much I should have to show in order to do so. Obviously in order to find ...
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Does it matter which literary agents one contacts first?

Novelists seeking a literary agent's representation are advised to prepare a long list of carefully chosen agents (e.g. genre matches are important), but to only contact a few at a time. The response ...
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Would I be breaking my exclusive submission by submitting similar works to different agents?

I've submitted some of my work to an agent that requested an exclusive submission. They say that after 6 weeks of no contact I can assume a rejection. My question is this: would I be breaking my ...
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What is the ideal word count when shopping a mystery novel to agents?

I know for certain genres, agents and publishers will only consider manuscripts that fit within their expected page count ranges. What's a good target for a standalone mystery novel? My current draft ...
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How can I determine good comparative titles to include in my query letter?

Typically, a writer includes one or two recent titles that are similar in some fashion to the story they are telling, in their query letter. I'd like any advice for finding good comparative titles. ...
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Simultaneous querying to publishers and agents

I am a first-time author, and a few months ago I completed a picture book manuscript. After completing the manuscript, I had it professionally edited. I also completed a query letter, which was ...
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Time frame of a traditional publisher, submitting to publishers, and need for an agent

In general, how long does it take a traditional publisher to approve/disapprove your manuscript from the time you submit it to them? The literary work is fiction and is about 330 pages. Also, is it a ...