Literary Agents: What They Do, How They Do It, How to Find and Work with the Right One for You

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In this revised and expanded edition of his acclaimed guide, veteran literary agent Michael Larsen gives you an illuminating, insider's look into the world of literary agents. Here are all the facts you need to find and work with the one that can launch your writing career, including how to contact an agent, why agents are so important in today's publishing world, how agents transform writers into authors, what you can do to make yourself irresistible to agents and publishers, how agents make money for authors, ...
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Overview

In this revised and expanded edition of his acclaimed guide, veteran literary agent Michael Larsen gives you an illuminating, insider's look into the world of literary agents. Here are all the facts you need to find and work with the one that can launch your writing career, including how to contact an agent, why agents are so important in today's publishing world, how agents transform writers into authors, what you can do to make yourself irresistible to agents and publishers, how agents make money for authors, how to decipher agency agreements and book contracts, and when it's time to change agents - and how to do it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471130468
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Forewarning
Acknowledgments for the First Edition
Acknowledgments for the Second Edition
Introduction: Read This Way
1 Making the Connection: Using the Write Stuff to Find the Right Agent for You 3
2 Joining the Two-Percent Club: A Crash Course on Rising from Rejection to Acceptance 17
3 A Study in Read and Green: Six Criteria for Choosing the Right Agent for You 29
4 Taking the Vows for Your Working Marriage: The Author-Agency Contract 45
5 Life After Yes: 11 Steps to a Happy Working Marriage 59
6 Transforming a Writer into an Author: What an Agent Does before the Sale 67
7 Paper Cuts: A Terrible Day in the Life of an Agent 75
8 The Publishing Contract: Tiptoeing through a Diamond-Studded Minefield 81
9 Following the Money: What an Agent Does after the Sale 93
10 Hooked on Books: A Terrific Day in the Life of an Agent 101
11 Terminal Transgressions: What to Do When the Honeymoon Is Over 107
12 Why Hire an Agent? 113
13 The Book Business in a Nutshell 123
14 Leaving Out the Parts That People Skip: How to Make Your Craft Seaworthy 149
15 Why Agents Prefer Pigs to Chickens: Making a 100 Percent Commitment to Your Career 159
16 Writing High: The End of the Beginning 173
Appendixes 181
App. 1 Sample Agent's Clauses 183
App. 2 Sample Author-Agent Contracts 185
App. 3 The Code of Ethics for the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) 191
App. 4 The Parts of a Nonfiction Proposal 195
App. 5 Writers Organizations 199
Bibliography 201
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