The Worlds of R. A. Hortz
2008 Guide to Literary Agents
2008 Guide to Literary Agents
Completely Revised & Updated, 17th Annual Edition
Edited by Chuck Sambuchino
Writer's Digest Books, 2007
Reviewed by Auggie Moore - Posted August 2, 2012
In today's marketplace, it can be extremely hard for an author to get his book out of the slush pile and read, let alone published, by simply submitting the manuscript to a publisher. Most publishing houses no longer even accept unagented manuscripts, and even those that do tend to give preference to those manuscripts that were sent in by an agent. This is not to say that it is impossible for an unagented author to get his work published - just that it can be difficult.
So, you've written your book or book proposal, and you're ready to start shopping for an agent. Your first step should be to get a copy of the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents edited by Chuck Sambuchino. This is one of the numerous reference books published by Writer's Digest Books, and it is a 'must-have' if you are looking for an agent. Completely revised and updated, this volume includes more than 650 listings for literary and script agents and agencies, as well as a plethora of writers' conferences, and script contests. Also included in this edition are numerous articles covering topics such as how to determine if you need an agent, how to edit your book, tips on pitching a script, writing query letters, writing a book synopsis, avoiding scams, working with a book publicist, and more.
While the bulk of the listings in this book are devoted to literary agents and agencies, you'll also find a sizable collection of listings for script agents who represent film and television scripts as well as plays. Only agents that do not charge fees, and who adhere to the standards of the Association of Author Representatives and the Writers Guild of America, are included.
In all, the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in getting his book published. Not only does this book explain the advantages of having an agent handle your book, but it also helps to explain how the author - agent relationship works, what you can expect from an agent, and how an agent acts as the writer's advocate when negotiating with a publisher.
Most important, this book provides a detailed list of agents, their contact information, how to submit work for consideration, the types of books they represent, and in most cases, commission rates and a list of some of the books they've recently sold. This information will help you to determine which agents handle the type of book you are pitching and which agents sound like someone you might be interested in working with.
'Getting' an agent can take a lot of work, and a lot of time, but it can be a well worthwhile endeavor. Having an agent represent your book greatly increases your chances of getting your book published. Therefore, if you are serious about getting published, you should be serious about getting an agent, and this book is the perfect starting point for finding the right agent for you, and your book.
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