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Non-AAR Literary Agents?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:43 am
by G.E.Plum
Are there any good, reputable agents who are not AAR members? I have found a few located in the area where my novel is set, and I thought it might be a good idea to contact them, until I learned that they are not listed on the AAR website. I also found several agents listed as attendees at a recent writers' conference, and only two of them are listed with AAR.

The AAR agents named in books I have read that are similar to mine are not currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts, so it's starting to look as if I will have to try to find a non-AAR agent, or give up my search.

What do you think? Is AAR membership all it's cracked up to be? Or are there good agents out there who are not members, for whatever reason?

Re: Non-AAR Literary Agents?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:46 pm
by williamadams

Re: Non-AAR Literary Agents?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:17 pm
by pls
NEVER pay to obtain an agent. Never.

You should know that on the average any agent will receive around 10,000 submissions per year and of those will select only a handful of authors for representation. The odds aren't good, obviously, but the key is to write more (and better) and send in more queries. I'd suggest reading through WD's query forum carefully for good examples to emulate and advice to follow.