Get a Literary Agent in 2015: My New Book Features Advice From More than 100 Agents (and a GIVEAWAY CONTEST!)

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My newest writing reference book, GET A LITERARY AGENT (Writer’s Digest Books), is finally out and on sale everywhere books are sold! As the book subtitle says. it’s a complete guide to securing representation for your books. This book has been a long time coming, and it’s a small labor of love, so I’m excited to share it with you now.

Every year, I edit the Guide to Literary Agents, which is essentially a huge database of agents — who they are, what they seek, how to submit, etc. It’s got good instructional articles upfront, but it could have so many more if space would simply allow. That’s why Writer’s Digest Books came to me a while back and said, “Why not compile everything you know about getting an agent into one book? And while you’re at it, loop in advice and opinions from active literary agents — at least 100 of them.” And thus GET A LITERARY AGENT was born. I’ll explain more about the guide in a moment, but first — the giveaway!

GIVEAWAY: I am giving away 3 copies of GET A LITERARY AGENT to random commenters. Simply comment on this blog post anytime before the end of Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. If you want to be entered 3 times instead of once in the contest, simply share this tweet about this giveaway: There’s a Book Giveaway going on at  for the new guide, GET A LITERARY AGENT:  via . Make sure you leave my handle in there so I can see you tweeted it. And include your own Twitter handle below in your comment if you tweeted it. [Please note that sometimes comments can take a while to appear as they are being approved. This is standard and normal.] UPDATE: The winners ate ggilliam, WordsLikeHeroin, and PauldSwann.

 

TWO BIG REASONS TO BUY THE BOOK:

1. More than 100 literary agents offer advice and guidance in its pages. For this book, I wanted to create something that brought together tips and instruction from as many places as possible. That meant getting tons of literary agents to chime in on all topics. It’s their advice that drives this book. It’s them chiming in on query letter pet peeves. It’s them chiming in on the difference between romance and women’s fiction. It’s them chiming in on why agents reject your work after reading the first chapter. They’re offering advice through every section of the book.

2. The book truly is a one-stop resource. I try to cover everything that you’d possibly need to know when seeking a literary agent. If you’re just starting out on your writing journey, the book is an ideal for you because it addresses the entire process of submitting your book to agents for consideration. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing — nonfiction, fiction, books for adults, books by kids, self-published books — GET A LITERARY AGENT addresses your concerns.

THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU THE FOLLOWING:

  • What literary agents do on a daily basis, and what they can do for you
  • How to polish/revise your own writing and understand when you can stop rewriting your work and finally submit with confidence
  • How to find the most agents to query through researching both books and the Internet
  • What word count guidelines (low and high) may make some agents balk at your submission
  • How to write a compelling query letter that gets attention
  • How to write an effective synopsis that conveys your plot
  • How to write a thorough nonfiction book proposal that makes your title seem timely and interesting
  • Several ways to contact literary agents that don’t involve a query letter
  • The pros and cons of signing with a new literary agent
  • How many agents to submit to at one time
  • How to prepare a complete Submission Checklist to consult before sending out your work
  • How to write an interesting Chapter 1 that pulls agents (and readers) in quickly
  • The basics of writer platform and marketing yourself
  • How requests for an exclusive submission work
  • What questions to ask an interested agent when they call you
  • How to work well with an agent and foster a long-term, multi-book relationship
  • How to tell what genre you’re writing in
  • How to get a literary agent interested in a self-published book
  • And much more! Buy the book here!

 

GIVEAWAY: I am giving away 3 copies of GET A LITERARY AGENT to random commenters. Simply comment on this blog post anytime before the end of Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. If you want to be entered 3 times instead of once in the contest, simply share this tweet about this giveaway: There’s a Book Giveaway going on at  for the new guide, GET A LITERARY AGENT:  via . Make sure you leave my handle in there so I can see you tweeted it. And include your own Twitter handle below in your comment if you tweeted it. [Please note that sometimes comments can take a while to appear as they are being approved. This is standard and normal.] UPDATE: The winners ate ggilliam, WordsLikeHeroin, and PauldSwann.

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110 thoughts on “Get a Literary Agent in 2015: My New Book Features Advice From More than 100 Agents (and a GIVEAWAY CONTEST!)

  1. crials

    I am really excited about this book. I plan to submit my book later this year and I need all the information I can get. Thanks for gathering it all in one place.

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