How an Author Obtains an Agent - video

Finding a literary agent for your book is an exciting step in the process of getting published, but it can also be frustrating if you don't know where to start. Literary agent Amy Levenson explains how an author obtains an agent. One place to look is at local or national book festivals and book conferences. At these events, many agents speak on panels. You can get to know the agents to see if their goals align with yours. If you cannot travel, you can find agents through online resources, such as There, you can identify agents that might be familiar with a particular publisher that interests you, or you can find agents that specialize in your book's genre. If you think you found the agent for you, do your research. Follow the agent on social media and review the submission guidelines on their website. With all of the self-publishing options available today, not all authors need an agent. But if you want to be published by a traditional publisher, you need an agent to negotiate a deal. Many publishers don't accept manuscripts directly from the author. An agent is also your partner. He or she is like a matchmaker who will help you find the best deal and best publisher for your book.
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  • There are numerous sources on the web regarding this topic. However they are difficult to locate. There is one question I kept on asking. I have yet to receive an answer. Where are they located? Why are they so difficult to locate? I had noted in my research the publishing industry is changing. More and more inspiring authors are heading toward the self publishing route. However this route demand the author take on additional responsibilities that are normally left to the team. We are no longer writers. We are a writing entity. We must juggle many roles. This range from writing stories to editing to marketing. Traditional published work are fading. We are on the edge of a new generation of published work. To do this we will need a new form of agents to service these emerging authors. This is the challenge. Are you ready to take it on?

  • Very helpful advise about searching for an agent and trying to get as much information on him or her as possible. That way when you write your query letter, you have a better idea how to pitch your story. Following them on social media also gives you a better idea off what they're like. (Easy going, strict, what are they likes or dislikes.)
  • Ok Amy I'm on my knees asking you if there is anyway to talk one on one with you ? I have one book done and one still pouring out of my mind (personally I think its going to be the better one).You answered so many questions for me but I have so many more . My email is let me no if you want to have a cram my mind with info. With Respect Rk