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At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:18 pm
by nonfictionwriter
I'm a physician, and I'm writing a non-fiction book about resilience in the face of medical illness. I am interviewing patients, writing about their stories, and incorporating the science of resilience and my own theoretical framework. I've written >30,000 words, but I'm probably at least 14 months away from having a completed manuscript. My ultimate goal would be to get this commercially published (I'm not sure how feasible this is), and I want to know at what point I should contact a literary agent. I have heard that it may be wise to contact an agent earlier because they may give feedback about how to complete and market the book. Alternatively, I heard that they will not take you seriously if you don't have a completed manuscript. I would not be able to rush the completion of the manuscript given my work/family obligations. Any thoughts.

-nonfiction writer

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:58 pm
by shadowwalker
My understanding is that for nonfiction, you write the proposal and submit that before actually writing the book. This might be helpful: .

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:18 am
by nonfictionwriter

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:48 am
by shadowwalker

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:51 am
by nonfictionwriter

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:05 am
by shadowwalker

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:23 pm
by nonfictionwriter

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:25 am
by shadowwalker
That's out of my area - I'm strictly fiction. This article from WD might get you started:
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Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:47 pm
by DrG2
The best thing you can do is to build up your platform (research this, if you don't know what it means). Perhaps start a blog or webpage associated with the topic of the book.

I've spoken to agents who represent nonfiction, and some want a completed manuscript and some don't.

Re: At what point should I look for a literary agent

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:18 pm
by nonfictionwriter