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

This guide was written by a former literary 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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Author of A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me―and You, published by Pegasus Books, distributed by Simon & Schuster and now in development for a TV series by Salma Hayek for HBOMax

“I just got offers from multiple publishers and signed a three-book deal. You don’t quit on your clients, unless and until they quit on themselves. Anyone who sees what you’re doing should give you a try. If they don’t, they’ll be doing themselves a disservice.”

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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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“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

“My book is now being published by Skyhorse Publishing. They’ve published 52 New York Times bestsellers, and they were named by Publishers Weekly as the fastest-growing small publisher in America. I appreciate you pushing me.”

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Author of Soles of a Survivor, published by Skyhorse Publishing, distributed by Simon & Schuster

“I got a top agent with Trident Media Group, and it took less than six weeks after that to get a book deal. There’s a bit of a myth amongst writers that you shouldn’t need any training. Your writing, your pitch materials, and your platform can all get better if you let other people contribute.”

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Author of Philosophy for Dummies, The Doomsday Machine, I Think Therefore I Eat, 101 Philosophy Problems, and 101 Ethical Dilemmas (250,000+ copies sold)

“Woot!!! I’m so excited I could cry. My agent just sold my memoir to Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books. I spent about three years sending out queries before I found you. I tried to figure it out, but all I got was rejections. You’re an angel, thank you.”

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Author of The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal, published by Regnery Publishing, with more than 50 books on the New York Times bestseller list

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