How to Get a Literary Agent

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Written by a top literary agent who gives writers an insider's view of how to find and work with an agent throughout the process of getting published. Includes:

-- How to know that you're ready for an agent
-- 7 ways to find an agent
-- ...

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Overview

Written by a top literary agent who gives writers an insider's view of how to find and work with an agent throughout the process of getting published. Includes:

-- How to know that you're ready for an agent
-- 7 ways to find an agent
-- Writing a cover letter that grabs attention
-- What to do with an agent once you've got one
-- What you can expect and what you'd better not hope for
-- Making sure this is the right agent for you
-- Congratulations, now you have an agent AND an editor
-- How to avoid the 7 worst pitfalls for aspiring writers
-- And much, much more.

In today's highly competitive publishing industry, literary agents are more important than ever. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, reference or children's books, here is everything you need to know about using an agent to launch and sustain your literary career.a

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402205606
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 534,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Larsen, PhD is the co-founder of the Larsen/Pomada Literary Agency in San Francisco, California. He speaks and teaches around the country on writing, agenting and the publishing industry. Larsen is the author or co-author of eleven books and has represented dozens of successful authors in their literary careers. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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Table of Contents

Prologue. Making Bigger Better for You: An Instant Portrait of Publishing Introduction. Read This Way

Part 1: Hiring the Agent You Need

Chapter 1. Making the Connection: Using the Write Stuff to Attract an Agent Chapter 2. Can You Name That Tuna?Eleven Ways to Find the Right Agent for You and Your Book Chapter 3. Getting Your Agent before You Know Who It Is: Why Writing a Must-Read Query Letter Is Simple Chapter 4. Joining the "2 Percent" Club: A Crash Course on Rising from Rejection to Acceptance Chapter 5. A Study in Read and Green: Six Criteria for Choosing the Right Agent for You Chapter 6. Taking the Vows for Your Working Marriage: The Author-Agency Contract Chapter 7. Life after Yes: Eleven Steps to Matrimonial Bliss

Part 2: Understanding Your Agent

Chapter 8. Transforming a Writer into an Author: What Your Agent Does before the Sale

Interlude 1. Paper Cuts: A Terrible Day in the Life of an Agent

Chapter 9. The Publishing Contract: Tiptoeing through a Diamond-Studded Minefield Chapter 10. Following the Money: What an Agent Does after the Sale

Interlude 2. Hooked on Books: A Terrific Day in the Life of an Agent

Chapter 11. Terminal Transgressions: What to Do if Your Working Marriage Fails Chapter 12. Why Hire an Agent? Why You May Not Need an Agent and Why You May Need One More Than Ever

Part 3: The Prequel: What To Know before You Go

Chapter 13. Understand How Publishers Work: The Book Business in a Nutshell Chapter 14. Whining and Dining on the Spaghetti Factor: How Publishing Went from Class to Mass Chapter 15. The Spirit of Enterprise: What Publishers Are Buying and Why Chapter 16. The Editor as Hero: An Homage to Your Other Agent Chapter 17. Leaving Out the Parts That People Skip: How to Make Your Craft Seaworthy Chapter 18. The Difference between a Pig and a Chicken: Why Your Goals Will Determine Your Future Chapter 19. English Lit-How About You?Reinventing Yourself as an Authorpreneur Chapter 20. You Deserve All the Help You Need: Mobilizing Your Networks Chapter 21. From Slo-Mo to Promo: Kicking Your Book's Promotion Campaign into High Gear Chapter 22. Building Your Platform and Converting It into Your Promotion Plan Chapter 23. Writing High: The End of the Beginning

Appendix 1. The AAR Checklist of Questions for Authors (and a Few More to Fill in the Blanks)
Appendix 2. Two Agents' Clauses Appendix 3. The Code of Ethics for the Association of Authors' Representatives Appendix 4. A Bill of Rights for Writers and a Bill of Rights for Agents Appendix 5. Three Author-Agent Contracts

Acknowledgments Index About the Author

Michael Larsen, PhD is the co-founder of the Larsen/Pomada Literary Agency in San Francisco, California. He speaks and teaches around the country on writing, agenting and the publishing industry. Larsen is the author or co-author of eleven books and has represented dozens of successful authors in their literary careers. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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