Top literary agents are the path to a major publisher. This article explains what makes top agents so special. It also shows you how to find them and get their attention.
If you want to get a book contract with a major publisher, along with decent promotion and/or publicity, it all starts with understanding one simple fact…
A good literary agent isn’t good enough.
Read the article below to discover what top literary agents are really about. This article is part of a 7-part series to help you find The Best Literary Agent.
This is one of the most important insider secrets that
I can share with you. If you don’t get your book
or book idea in front of top literary agents,
your book probably won’t be published.
Or (if it is), it probably won’t be
Like marriage, the author/agent relationship
has long-lasting consequences that will
drastically alter your life.
Okay, maybe it’s not that extreme.
But you do have to think very carefully
about who you want… and what you want.
I’ve met thousands of authors at writers’ conferences,
and most of them have one thing in common:
Unfortunately, there’s just
no other way to say it.
They’re pretty much willing to “jump into bed”
with any literary agency that offers representation.
Top literary agents be damned.
It’s a huge mistake.
Just because you meet someone who’s available
doesn’t mean the two of you are compatible.
It simply means you might be.
Now, I understand that you might be tempted…
to exchange vows with the first eligible agent
that bats his or her eyelashes at you.
After all, you need agency representation
to get your book in front of publishers.
But I want you to be careful.
Be selective, and…
Take your time.
Let me tell you why this is so important…
The checklist you just read is
the “top literary agents” profile that
I created for myself as a literary agent.
I know a lot of other top literary agents
that fit that same description.
It might sound silly or seem like a lot to ask
(the idealistic fantasy of a hopeless romantic),
but why not make submitting your book
to top literary agents your new goal?
Because getting into a relationship
with the wrong literary agent…
Can be just as devastating
as getting into the wrong
If you don’t get top literary agents interested, your book
might go unpublished for several years (or forever).
But that’s not the only thing that might happen.
You might end up with your book getting published
by a bad publisher. And you might end up with a bad book
contract (one that could cost you hundreds of thousands
of dollars – or more – and prevent you from selling
future books to other publishers).
Or, if you do eventually get out of your relationship
with the bad publisher, and you are able to shop additional
books to other houses, you might not get a deal…
because the bad publisher didn’t sell enough copies
of your first books.
I’ve never met an author that wanted
to hear these things, but they’re
You must think about the consequences
when you’re choosing someone to
represent you and your work.
It might not be romantic,
but it’s reality.
Don’t be desperate.
Don’t be so eager to find someone,
that you’ll accept almost any
offer for representation.
You’re the one that’s
going to get hurt.
Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right
isn’t always easy.
But it is possible.
In fact, it happens every day.
Hold on (and hold out) for top literary agents…
so you can have everything you’ve been
dreaming of all these years:
A major publisher.
A major book deal.
More raving fans than
you know what to do with.
You (and your books)
are worth it.
If you’re actively seeking a literary agent (or talking to literary agencies interested in your work), and you want to avoid choosing someone who might do you more harm than good (or you simply want to get top literary agents interested), click here to see the different ways that you can have me 1-on-1 as your Book Marketing Coach.
Click here to read the next article in this 7-part series,
and learn about Bad Literary Agents.