The Literary Agents’ Guild (also known as the AAR or Association of Authors’ Representatives) is the only professional organization that governs the business activities of book agents, but less than one third of all active agents are members. Read this article to learn more about the Literary Agents’ Guild and find out how you can find member agents.
This article is part of my Authors’ Guide to the AAR.
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Literary Agents’ Guild
What Is the AAR?
The Literary Agents’ Guild is the only existing professional organization for authors’ representatives, headquartered in Manhattan, NY.
The Book Agents’ Guild is a not-for-profit professional organization of qualified literary agents and dramatic representatives of the creators and owners of intellectual property. The Literary Agents’ Guild is active in all areas of the publishing, theater, motion picture and television industries, and related fields.
The Literary Agents’ Guild maintains active, collaborative relationships with other professional organizations in publishing, education, publicity, performance arts, and cinema. Most AAR programs are exclusively for members, so the only way to get invitations is to become a member. The Book Agents’ Guild is a membership corporation.
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Important – Literary Agents’ Guild
I’m very proud of the fact that I was member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (2002-05). That’s because book agents have to meet several criteria to qualify for membership (more about this later). As a result, Literary Agent Undercover will always be an advocate of the AAR. However, please note (for legal reasons), the AAR is not affiliated with Literary Agent Undercover. They do not sponsor, support or endorse Literary Agent Undercover in any way.
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History – Literary Agents’ Guild
The Book Agents’ Guild was created in 1991 through a merger. The two organizations that joined forced to form the Association of Authors’ Representatives were the Society of Authors’ Representatives (SAR) founded in 1928, and the Independent Literary Agents’ Association (ILAA) founded in 1977.
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Contact – Literary Agents’ Guild
Because the Literary Agents’ Guild is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization, they don’t maintain a large office staff or high-profile public presence. And the Literary Agents’ Guild doesn’t maintain a press office. General information may be obtained by calling, emailing, or writing the office at this address:
676-A 9th Ave, Suite 312
New York NY 10036
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Directory – Literary Agents’ Guild
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