Guide to Literary Agents 2017: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (Market) Twenty-sixth Edition
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Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents is the solution to that question. I wanted to try moving forward with the route of acquiring an agent whom I can partner with to develop a career and then pursue contracts with traditional publishing houses. If you are looking to self-publish or don't want an agent, then there are other guide books that will be more helpful. This book is primarily focused on helping you prepare for querying an agent (as the title suggests, but I'm reiterating that point so no one is unpleasantly surprised).
I thought writing the book was a challenge, but believe me, the effort doesn't stop there. However, the process of trying to "get your book out there" doesn't have to be terrifying. This book introduced me to some of the industry terminology, outlined how to prepare, what questions to ask, and how to stay motivated. After the guidance sections (approximately 120 pages of content), there are massive appendices that list agents and writing conferences. It is an excellent starting place with guidance such as:
-How to Write a Synopsis
-Crafting a Query
- Pitch Agents Through Twitter
-How Not to Start a Novel
-Agent profiles (what they accept, website, how to contact, tips from the agents)
Using this book as a launch point, I've already uncovered numerous other resources online that I've found helpful. There are many resources out there for fledgling writers, but at first glance, the amount of material is overwhelming. This book gave me a place to start.
I plan to check out the online material as well. If you buy the book new, you get a code for access for a free year of all the current, online material. That's good bang for your buck in my opinion.
I'm not published yet, but I have more hope now thanks to this book :)