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Within two weeks of sending out my first query, I received multiple offers from agents. I value our friendship.

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This step-by-step guide about how to get a literary agent includes all you need to know about finding a book agent.

This guide to getting a literary agent was written by a former book agent who's helped more than 300 authors of all book genres get offers from literary agents and/or traditional book publishers.

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After following your advice, my book was acquired, the prestigious PW gave it a great review, and Time Magazine asked for an excerpt. Thank you for believing in my book, and for helping me share the surprising truth about women’s most popular body part!

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Thanks in part to your query letter, manuscript suggestions, and support prioritizing agents, I received multiple offers from agents. Within two weeks of sending out the first query, I knew who I was going to sign with. I value our friendship.

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NY Times bestselling author of Boardwalk Empire, produced by Martin Scorsese for HBO, and Darrow’s Nightmare: The Forgotten Story of America’s Most Famous Trial Lawyer

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AHHH! OMG, it happened! You helped me get three offers for representation from top literary agents! A short time later I signed a publishing contract. After that, my agent sold my next book. I’m in heaven!

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Author/illustrator of Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper (Penguin Books/Philomel), Scribble & Author (Kane Miller), and other children’s picture books

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Fine Print Lit got publishers bidding against each other [for my book]. I ended up signing a contract with Thomas Nelson (an imprint of Harper Collins) for what I’ve been told by several people is a very large advance. What cloud is higher than 9?

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Author of The Unbreakable Boy (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins), adapted to feature film with Lionsgate starring Zachary Levi, Amy Acker, and Patricia Heaton

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