I’ve worked with several literary agents and agencies, and have seen some exemplary agenting and some downright rotten practices as well. Here are the six things I want all authors to know and expect from their agents:
1. No requests for money up front. None.
A proper literary agent asks for no…
These are some helpful tips for finding an agent. I also really recommend anyone who is serious about getting published buying the current editions of The Writer’s Market and the subsequent books in your area. These books are put out by Writer’s Digest and are a listing of agents, publishers (with a helpful list of who does and doesn’t accept work without an agent’s representation), and magazines. Literary Agents and Novel and Short Story Markets have been a boon to both myself and Starke.
Beyond that, there are more helpful tips for finding agents, writing queries, synopses, and advice on navigating the business side of the industry.
They are expensive but they are worth it and are vetted by a good company (Writer’s Digest) with a solid reputation. With Christmas coming up, you all know what should be first on your list.