Many authors contact me about how best to find a book lit agent. In this new publishing world we now live in…most publishers will not accept an author’s proposal unless it comes from a REAL lit agent. While agents cannot guarantee your book will be published, they can make sure it gets into the right hands and is read at a range of publishers they may work with. A good lit agent will review your book proposal before it is submitted to a publisher and will give an author ideas, suggestions or even some edits to help you improve the book before it is sent off to a publisher the agent feels best suits your book.
Know that a lit agent can get your book “sold” in the print and/or e-book marketplace in a more speedier fashion than you could ever do on your own. Lit agents become your biz rep of sorts…the look after your book, collect publisher advances, deal with publisher contract negotiations for you, keep an eye on royalty payments, etc….in other words, they are your guide to take your manuscript into marketplace. To start looking for an agent I suggest going to this web site www.agentquery.com, which will give the author a range of agents to review and the genres they represent as well. Or, another good source site for those seeking a lit agent is The Association of Authors Representatives at www.aaronline.org. This can be a journey of learning…becoming aware of things you never expected or knew…and one needs to be patient, above all.