- Series: Market (Book 2016)
- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 25 edition (September 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599639408
- ISBN-13: 978-1599639406
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guide to Literary Agents 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (Market) 25th Edition
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There's tons of extras, if you will. 100 pages of them.
First page reviews of submissions by agents give prospective writers (I'm guessing these folks will be the ones most apt to pick up this book) an idea of what the people they're querying are looking for. Several debut authors from different genres relate their experiences, how they found their agent, advice, etc. How-To sections explore writing queries and the dreaded synopsis (not that queries are a walk in the park). Even advice on creating writing platforms, the things to look for in new agents, what genre to pick for your novel...there's just a wealth of information for the writer looking to break into the business.
The editor, Chuck Sambuchino, and the contributors he's selected, from writers to agents, know the business looks daunting from the outside, and indeed the very idea of looking for an entry into publishing can be intimidating. That's why this guide is organized as efficiently as possible and packed, packed, PACKED to the brim with helpful information. The questions a future writer is thinking...Chuck's thought of them too and tried to provide the most helpful answers possible.
If you're thinking of breaking into the business...there just isn't a better book to look for as a resource. The advice and information is worth the price alone, then there's the 150 pages of agent listings and beyond that a look into tons of writing conferences that take place around the country and what they individually offer.
Before you send one query, grab this book. Really. It's a fantastic resource and pays dividends so many times over.
There's plenty of helpful advice as well as a full listing of agents and some hints about which agents are more likely to pick up your new novel than others.
Word of advice, though, if you aren't ready to publish this week, or at least this year, don't waste the money. Only buy when your script is ready, and then seriously read it cover to cover and submit to as many places as possible.
I've had several older copies of these Writer's Digest books and it doesn't take long for the information to be obsolete (say 2 years) so buy wisely.