How to Get a Literary Agent

Finding an agent is vital in today’s traditional publishing landscape. “If your goal is to be published by a traditional [publisher], then an agent is still key to open those doors,” says literary agent Amy Levenson. Most publishers won’t accept a submission unless it has first gone through an agent. An agent will be a partner for you and connect you to resources that you need to set your book up for its best chance.

So you’ve decided you want an agent! Now what? You’ll need to do your research, write your query letter, and get picked up by an agent. That last task is informed by what you do for the first two. How do you go about researching agents? What should you discover? In the clip below, industry professionals give tips and tricks to finding an agent through research and getting an offer through your query letter. When you write your query letter, you’ll need to know how to structure it so it doesn’t get caught in a publisher’s slush pile.  How much should you personalize your query letter? What is the goal of your query letter? How much of your book synopsis should you include in your query letter? Our experts answer these questions and more in the clip below.

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  • Very good information.

  • I'm looking for a literary agent, could some one contact me as soon as possible.

  • Great information. Thank you.

  • Hello; I'm Joseph John Borg or just Joe to my friends.


    I'm looking for a Publisher that would like to handle my novel “Deadly Friends.”


    I have tried my hand at self-publishing and after 9 years I have gotten nowhere.


    It is a novel that I would describe as a gay crime thriller / love story.


    It follows a young man that is coming of age, to terms with sexuality and his Catholic upbringing.


     After the death of his first lover his dream of being a doctor quickly changed into being one of the country’s best forensic examiners and profiler.


    “Deadly Friends” contains 232 pages and 137,615 words.


    Please also find the synopsis attached.


    Thank you for taking the time to read this e-mail.

    I hope to hear from you soon.


    Yours Joe.

  • I'm working on a graphic novel and I'm trying to get my work in front of the right eyes and it seems it's simple but I keep running into roadblocks that make me lose hope. I believe my story is good enough to be a big deal but I lack the resources and connections to make it happen.