Getting a literary agent after self-publishing is usually harder than getting a book agent for an unpublished book--but it's not impossible. Some publishing agents specialize in getting book deals for authors of books that have been self-published. This step-by-step...
This literary agent blog has helped authors of all book genres get literary agents. Hosted by a former publishing agent, this book agent blog inclues articles about looking for a book agent, and how to get a book published working with a book agent.
Literary Agent Blog – Recent Posts
See our latest literary agent blog posts here with information to help writers of all book genres get publishing agents. You can also visit our Ask a Literary Agent page to see a complete list of questions and answers about getting a book agent.
This article about how to pitch a literary agent at a conference, by Mark Malatesta, is part of the How to Find a Literary Agent section in our free 15-part Guide About How to Get a Book Agent. This article discussing literary agent pitch sessions and literary agent...
This article about literary agent submissions and submitting to literary agents is part of our free 15-Part Guide About How to Get a Book Agent. It explains how to approach and contact publishing agents, and everything else you need to know about book agent submission...
What is a licensed literary agent. How do you become a licensed book agent? How do you find licensed book agents? And how do you get a licensed publishing agent? This article explains book agent licensing requirements. It's part of our free 15-Part Guide About How to...
Book Agent Blog – About
This literary agent blog is hosted by former book agent turned author coach Mark Malatesta, creator of The Directory of Literary Agents, host of Ask a Book Agent, and founder of Literary Agent Undercover and The Bestselling Author.
Mark has helped hundreds of authors get offers from publishing agents and/or traditional publishers. Writers of all Book Genres have used our literary agent blog, and our Literary Agent Advice coaching/consulting to get the Top Literary Agents at the Best Literary Agencies on our List of Book Agents.
How I Got My Book Agent
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.
N E L S O N . J O H N S O N
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
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!
L E S L I E . L E H R
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 HBO Max
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?
S C O T T . L E R E T T E
Author of The Unbreakable Boy (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins), adapted to feature film with Lionsgate starring Zachary Levi, Amy Acker, and Patricia Heaton
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!
M I R I . L E S H E M . P E L L Y
Author/illustrator of Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper (Penguin Books/Philomel), Scribble & Author (Kane Miller), and other children’s picture books
Interviews/Tips from Successful Authors
Fiction/General - J. Jago
Fiction/Mystery - B. Harper
Fiction/Mainstream - K. Cox
Fiction/Christian - K. Sargent
Nonfiction/Business - D. Hamme
Nonfiction/Self-Help - A. Goddard
Nonfiction/Environment - J. Biemer
Nonfiction/Diversity - S. Peer
Narrative Nonfiction - D. Cohen
Memoir/Women - L. Lehr
Memoir/Christian - S. LeRette
Memoir/Family/Identity - S. Foti
Memoir/Multicultural - N. Aronheim
Memoir/Inspirational - L. Subramani
Memoir/Mainstream - E. Armstrong
Children's/Pic Book - M. Leshem-Pelly
Children's/Chapter Book - J. Agee
Children's/YA - C. Plum-Ucci
Children's/YA - D. Bester
Children's/YA - L. Moe
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