Literary Agents: Starting Your Search

Excellent advise if you’re a writer thinking about getting a literary agent.

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So you’ve finished your novel, and now you’re trying to decide which agents to send it to. Choosing an agent can be really tough, but the time you put into the search will be well worth it when you finally get an agent that’s right for you. Here’s a few things to think about when starting your search.

Your favourite reads

Most of us tend to read what we write, so for example if you write horror you’re likely to read Stephen King’s work. This is great for you, because it probably means you know whose work yours is similar to. Write a list of these authors, then research which agent represents them. Chances are, if an agent likes Stephen King’s work, they’ll like yours too.

Your goals

Do you want to be the next J K Rowling, known worldwide for your success? Or are you more bothered about making…

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