Thursday, April 4, 2013
Looking For An Agent?
I have just finished a compelling book entitled How To Land (And Keep) A Literary Agent written by Noah Lukeman. This book gives you all the reasons why you should seek out an agent, how to find the right match and how to keep the relationship intact. I am probably the last person to introduce this book, since I never really wanted to go the route of having an agent, but I have to say, this book gives me lots to think about.
Mr. Lukeman divides his book into three parts:
Part I: You
This part tells why you need an agent, how you should prepare your manuscript and how to build your platform and credentials.
Part II: Them
This part provides you with 35 resources to research agents, how to approach them, the art of follow-up and how to protect yourself.
Part III: After The Storm
This part explains how to keep your agent (and when to let him go), and a section on what to do if you can't find an agent.
Although this may sound like a short book report, I want to emphasize that this book is encouraging to any author, straightforward in its feel from an agent's point of view and honest. I recommend it as excellent material, along with his other book: How To Write A Great Query Letter: Insider Tips & Techniques For Success.
For those of you who already have an agent, this could give you excellent tips on how to keep a great relationship going between the two of you. And how to know when it's not working for you (if you don't already know).
Enjoy reading these books and if you already have read them, are there other books you can recommend?