Literary Marketplace (LMP) - this review explores the good and bad about this annual directory. Created more than 50 years ago, this publishing guide is one of the most established literary agency directories on the market.
Scroll below to learn more about Literary Marketplace and see a sample literary agency listing. This article is part of a 9-part series to help you decide Which Directory of Literary Agents is Right for You.
The Literary Marketplace official description is The Directory of the American Book Publishing Industry with Industry Yellow Pages. The print edition is a staggering 1,833 pages and weighs 7.8 pounds.
Literary Marketplace is the directory of America and Canadian book publishing, frequently consulted by practically everyone looking for industry data – whether they are publishing professional, authors, industry watchers, or those seeking to gain entry into the world of publishing.
Literary agents and publishing consultants are featured only after we receive three letters of recommendation from publishers active on our database with whom they have worked.
Literary Marketplace is the dinosaur of literary agent directories, making it rank at the very bottom of our list. Literary Marketplace contains the least amount of information, yet it’s the most expensive. Subscribers are asked to pay $399.00 US for an annual literarymarketplace.com subscription, or $24.95 US for a weekly subscription.
Here’s a review from an unhappy author:
“It is frequently stated that Literary Marketplace is essential for finding agents and/or publishers. Yet, trying to find a specific agency is like opening up a dictionary at random and looking to see if that page happens to have the information you seek. Although I was able to find some relevant agencies in my search for places to submit my query letter, I feel as if I missed many that I could have submitted to. Though the book is filled with information, it was not user-friendly enough for me to continue the process. Ultimately, I got so frustrated trying to find ‘the right agency’ that I gave up (at least temporarily) on finding an agent. Literary Marketplace is, for me, filled with too much information and not enough editing.”
Literary Marketplace includes agents that charge reading fees, a practice that is banned by the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and frowned upon by most publishing professionals. Literary Marketplace also includes literary agencies that charge higher fees than normal, something else that authors should avoid.
The literary agency information provided in Literary Marketplace is also lacking, compared to most directories. And (as mentioned above in the reader review) Literary Marketplace is poorly indexed so it’s very difficult to find literary agents likely to be interested in your book.
We DO NOT recommend Literary Marketplace for authors looking for literary agents.
Use our Directory of Literary Agents instead. It’s the most comprehensive (and accurate) list of literary agents in the world… plus it’s the easiest to use. Simply click here to see our Book Agent Directory and get instant access.
Now, scroll below to see a sample literary agency
listing from Literary Marketplace…
Physical Address - Literary Marketplace
445 Park Ave
New York NY 10022
Foreign Office Address - Literary Marketplace
Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Ltd
13-A Hillgate St
Contact: Tim Glister
Phone: (020) 7243 2975
Fax: (020) 7243 4339
Description - Literary Marketplace
General fiction & nonfiction. Handle film & TV rights for book represented; no reading fee.
Year Founded - Literary Marketplace
Phone/Fax - Literary Marketplace
Email - Literary Marketplace
info [at] janklow [dot] com
Website – Literary Marketplace
Personnel - Literary Marketplace
Partner Lynn Nesbit
SVP Anne Sibbald
VP & Dir, Foreign Rts Cullen Stanley
Agent Lucas W Janklow
Agent Alexandra Machinist
Agent P J Mark
Agent Richard Morris
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