How long does it take to get a literary agent? It can take minutes, days, weeks, months, or a year or more to get a book agent. This article about how long it takes to get a publishing agent is part of our free 15-Part Guide About How to Get a Book Agent. It explains the best way to query, the best times to query, publishing agent reply times, and more.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Literary Agent? – FAQ
The Best Strategy to Get a Book Agent Quickly
How long it takes to get a literary agent has a lot to do with your querying strategy. The faster you query lots of book agents, the faster you’ll be able to get a book agent. However, there are guidelines regarding how many publishing agents you should query at once. This article explains.
How Genre Affects the Time to Get a Book AgeNT
How long it takes you to get a book agent will be impacted by your book genre. For some book categories, you can query hundreds or many hundreds of publishing agents. However, if you’ve written a collection of short stories or poetry, you’ll find there are very few author representatives who represent those types of books.
How long does it take to get a literary agent? The more book agents there are who represent your type of book, the longer it will take you to query them all. Let’s hope, of course, you won’t need to query them all. But, if you do–and you’re willing to do to the work–it will obviously take more time to query hundreds or many hundreds of author representatives than two dozen.
In addition, some of the literary agencies you query will have more than one literary agent you can query. Remember, literary agencies don’t let authors submit their work to multiple publishing agents at one agency at the same time.
If you get a rejection letter from a book agent at a literary agency with multiple book agents, you can–and should–query the next book agent there who represents your type of book when you get a rejection. The same thing applies if it’s been two months since you queried an author representative at the literary agency and you haven’t received a reply or request for your manuscript.
If the author representative who rejects your book says your book is not right for “us” or “our literary agency,” however, you should not query the next book agent at the literary agency.
This article about how long it takes to get a publishing agent was written by former book agent turned author coach Mark Malatesta, creator of The Directory of Literary Agents, host of Ask a Publishing Agent, and founder of Literary Agent Undercover and The Bestselling Author.
Mark has helped hundreds of authors get offers from literary agents and/or traditional publishers. Writers of all Book Genres have used our Literary Agent Advice coaching/consulting to get Top Literary Agents at the Best Literary Agencies on our List of Book Agents.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Literary Agent? – Next Steps
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