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ISBN-13: 978-1582974323 ISBN-10: 1582974322 Edition: 16 Upd Rev

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Joanna Masterson makes her Guide to Literary Agents editorial debut this year. She also works with Writer'sMarket.com and is a published writer of newspaper and magazine articles.
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  • Series: Guide to Literary Agents
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 16 Upd Rev edition (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582974322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974323
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once I began reading this book I could not put it down.
Monica Kennedy
Even if a writer doesn't get an agent from this book, it's a great guide to understand how to go about getting an agent.
Beth
Don't write this book as off as a telephone book for literary agents.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on October 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Landing an agent may seem like something only the "big name" authors can do. The annual Guide to Literary Agents makes it easier for you by helping you find a literary agent who is actively seeking your type of writing.

Over 400 literary and script agencies are included in the guide. Listings contain contact names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, Web sites, Email addresses, recent sales to publishers and the listing even lets you know if the agents are members of the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR).

When you find an agent you're interested in, check out the "How to Contact" section of each listing. This area shows you exactly what they want to see from you. For example, an agent may want you to submit a query, the first three chapters, a synopsis, brief bio and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). The listing also tells you how they want you to submit, such as by fax, Email or regular mail.

Plus, you can immediately weed out an agent based on the type of work they represent. This helps ensure you're submitting to the right agency who's going to be the most interested in your writing and is the best fit to represent you in the competitive world of publishing.

Expert articles also show you how to make your work stand out from the crowd, what to do before and after you sign with an agent and even offers help for finding a script agent. The goal of the book isn't to just put you in direct contact with an agent but to put you in direct contact with a quality agent.

Searching to find all of this info on your own would take an impossible amount of time that takes you away from your first priority: writing. With this guide, it's all laid out for you so you can submit your work and get back to your love of writing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kal I. Panoutsopoulou on February 6, 2007
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This book guided me in the best possible way, correcting the mistakes I had been making as I was not fully aware of the book publishing field. It was a time-saver, an energy-saver and a money-saver! I only regret not purchasing it earlier.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monica Kennedy on March 16, 2007
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Once I began reading this book I could not put it down. The reason? Not only will this book provide you with 450 listings including information on more than 750 literary agents in the US and internationally, but it also has sections providing in-depth steps to preparing your manuscript, writing your query letter, completing your synopsis or book proposal, understanding publishing jargon, what to expect from an agent, and much more! The book includes an easy to use index to help you find agents by name, company, or genre. I cannot imagine starting the path toward publishing without using this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peary Perry on June 22, 2007
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This book is only good for starting a fire in your fireplace. The agents listed change their criteria so often, most of them don't even bother opening your query letters..or they have moved and the forwarding address has expired or they have gone completely out of business.. Let's suppose you follow the guidelines and enclose a SASE with your query and sample chapters, you are allocating $8-$10 for each agent you submit to ( postage, copies, etc.)......when you get the packages back unopened, you assume they were sent to the wrong address...then you call and find out that you sent it correctly, but they have changed their guidelines a year or so ago....the data (at least in the agent section) is old and outdated. Even if you go on line and look up the submission requirements, they do not parallel what is in this book....for example the book may tell you to submit a query, a synopsis and 1-3 chapters, then the website tells you something entirely different. Then when you call the agent's office you get another list of requirements. Very discouraging.

You really have to dig for this information on your own since these books tend to be dated as soon as they are published. Use other sources, meet people in person...there isn't any easy way or master list. I wish there was....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nirvana on January 13, 2007
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This is a must buy; had I bought it sooner I would have saved a lot of time and money. One important thing that new writers need to know is that you don't have to spend any money to get your manuscript published. That is what the publisher is for. This book gives you detailed instructions of how to write and present your manscript in the form of a proposal to agents who then work to get you published through a publisher. I paid close to in all $4000.00 to become self-published; although, I retain all the rights to my work, promotion is the hardest thing for me and sales for me aren't very good because marketing a book cost a great deal of money and having "key persons in key places". Though you still have to be careful with agents as well as publishers with your work, this books is a must have for new authors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth on November 6, 2006
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Even if a writer doesn't get an agent from this book, it's a great guide to understand how to go about getting an agent. It covers terminology, the proper way to contact or write a letter, what to look for when researching an agent, et cetera.

I knew very little about agents before I got this book. Now I think I'm equipped to handle the melee, whether I succeed or not.

Confidence like this has no price.
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