While not authors chose to acquire an agent, a lot of authors still seek out literary agent representation when trying to publish their novels. Agents can offer an author many advantages when it comes to choosing the right publisher, and they are able to answer any question you might have in the whole process. With the advantages, there are a few downsides to having an agent too, so it’s up to you to decide what you really want for your work.
If you’ve decided you still want to find a literary agent, a few top places to start your search are listed below.
Perhaps, the best source when trying to seek out an agent, the good old worldwide web has access to pretty much every agent under the sun as long as they have a website or use social media. Visiting websites, using Facebook and Twitter, and typing in Literary Agents for your specific genre is easy. Scouring through the thousands of names is not, though, so while the internet allows thousands of literary agents to be at your fingertips, it can also become an overwhelming task that seems like it will never end.
Many authors have found their agent by face to face submission known as ‘pitching’. While attending a writer conference, you schedule an appointment with the visiting agent of your choice. During your appointment you simply tell them about your novel. Although, completely nerve-wracking, pitching to an agent face to face is a very helpful way to not only possibly acquire said agent, but so see if you two would really work well together or not.
LITERARY AGENT GUIDE BOOK
Scouring the new version of the Writer’s Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents, published each year is a great way to find not only hundreds, if not thousands of agents, but also publishers and university presses as well.