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How to Get a Literary Agent by mree How to Get a Literary Agent by mree
Edit: Whoa. I *definitely* did not expect to see THIS in the daily favorites. O__O Thank you so much, everyone! :heart:

Part II! :) Thanks for all of your wonderful replies to Part I [link] . It's always encouraging to know that there are so many aspiring writers out there. :heart: Sorry this image is so..........long......... O_O But really, this was the minimum amount of info I could put in about finding a literary agent. There are alot of books out there on this topic as well, so if you want to know more details, look for them online or at a bookstore. I hope this helps you out, if you are an aspiring novelist!

Note: For poets, nonfiction, and short story writers, this tutorial is unfortunately not applicable..... The process of submission for those forms are vastly different!

Thanks again. :)
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Astral-Thunder Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Would you have any advise on getting a collection of short stories published as one book/collective work?
Owlflight29 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O 365 day wait?!
ElizabethSaphire Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
o.o i think ill start blogging thanks to this BUT I SUCK AT STORIES AHHH
T_T i hate my iimagination at times, it fails to make things into words
Innerdragon379 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Writer
do you use the same agent for multiple publishes? I hae many stories of many genre
DorianHarper Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Typically people use the same agent for similar genre stories (agents love authors and if they know they can bring in money, want to stay with them). A lot of times, agents won't rep. people if they know they have another agent (a problem at the agency I work at that we had recently). however, if it's a genre your current agent won't touch, then the other agent may refer you to a different agency to get you a deal. Agents work together, after all!
Innerdragon379 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Writer
oh thats cool!
Johnny-Spectre Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you have one for animation agents? I need one
tsundoku Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was great! I'm officially scared out of my wits now but I really enjoyed reading your tips. :)
hetha884 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i can only see a pic :(
Coral-Melodia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*epic late reply*
Most people who write tutorials do this. Just click the 'download image' button underneath the 'add to favorites' to view the tutorial.

And I love this tutorial! *favs*
hetha884 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thanks :)
WrittenRevolt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
This has been (also) added to #theWrittenRevolution's Resources for Aspiring Authors. :salute:
Again, thanks.
My-life-in-words Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. :)
FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Do you know anyone who has a tutorial for aspiring graphic novelists/illustrators?
Soulsbeyond Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
i don't understand how this works.
Though it will help when i work it out. I really want to be able to publish a novel when im alittle older, though i don't think i'd have the guts.
kaigal Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The process after the novel is often times longer than writing and editing the thing itself. Most of the time it's not because you're not any good, there's many factors to consider. Depending on the genre, only a certain number of agents take on specific genres and from that sometimes they have their fill of a particular genre to pitch and therefore aren't looking for it at that particular moment. A book to get is the Writer's Market's Guide to Literary Agents book for the current year you decide you need one. Some agents aren't on lists like those at agentquery and the Writer's Market books have the inside scoop.
Soulsbeyond Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
okay, thankyou :)
SheTheFemale Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if I'll ever finish the novel I'm writing (I tend to get ideas that have very little to do with the plot I'm working on, and I end up getting rather distracted by them), but if I do, this will be helpful. Writing is the only thing I've ever had any real passion for, and the thought of getting published is... well, there are no words. It's anxious and amazing at the same time—that's as close as I can phrase it.

But, before that, I'll still have to maintain my dedication and control my wandering mind long enough to finish writing. By this point, I'd be happy to just get up to ten chapters.
IKilledYouInMySleep Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! Now I'm closer to accomplishing my life's dream of being a published writer. :) So many thanks!
Cheshire-Kitty65 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Oops I have one more question.
I want to see what others think of my work (i get nerdy like that ^_^ (just kidding.)) and So i've posted the few chapters on this website..But I have a few moment once in a while where I think
"could this get stolen?"
well, i guess I just wanted to ask you your opinion. :D
Cheshire-Kitty65 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
:hug: You did a fantastic job on this. I find it very helpful. I'm no where near getting an agent, but this has really helped get me ready for sort of what to expect. I never understood the publication proccess; it was more of a
i write..and it gets published..eventaully maybe..
So thanks a bunch!
I have one question though. Sometimes I get rather discouraged because Im so young, and think my writing just isn't good enough.
do you have any tips on how to motivate your self? :D
most helpful
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Your deviation was featured in this news article!
Have a great day! :)
Goddess-of-Dreams Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I have a question about printing the manuscript. A really long novel must take up a lot of paper, right? Would it take up one full black ink cartridge or more? Also, do you have any good printers that you can suggest? :)
mree Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Writer
Nowadays most agents will/should accept manuscripts electronically, as Word docs. :) Check on their websites/submission rules about what they prefer. But if you happen to run across agents that still want it printed, I'd say definitely invest in a good laser printer. (I used to have a Brother laser printer that was fabulous, and not that expensive.) And on a laser printer you can print probably a dozen manuscripts without needing to switch out the ink band.
Goddess-of-Dreams Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you, I'll keep those things in mind :)
Knyn Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank u. this will help mi alot
photofairy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010   General Artist
thank you so much for this :hug: i am still writing my novel and despite some suggestions from friends (who are journalists) i have not felt comfortable looking for an agent until the book is finished and i am completely happy with it.
so it is really good to hear my hunch was right.
this is definitely very helpful, congrats on a DD and thank you so much :)
EvenDeathLies Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student General Artist
u kno how u said to send it in to about 12 agents at a time? what if the rare happening that more than one agent likes your query happens?
mree Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional Writer
If more than one agent likes your query, then you simply send sample chapters (or whatever the agent requests) to each of those agents. Most agents understand that other agents are also considering your query at the same time they are. If it so happens that more than one agent ends up wanting to represent you, then you need to alert all agents that currently have your full manuscript about the development. Then, talk with each of the offering agents on the phone and choose the one you feel the best connection with. :)
IceFireX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Do you know how a poet would go about finding an agent?
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!!
I have permanently featured this along with your first tutorial here (scroll down the "front page" box).


Ashikai Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely useful! I've been looking for simplistic information on Query letters for a long time. Thanks so much! :D
Dustfault Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my. This is much better than any of the million informational blogs about Agents that I've read! There's no way that I can NOT fave this! It's great.
I'll definitely take every bit of advice that you've given in this before sending off any of my query letters.
Thankya for making this, it's great help. =3
SakuraStrength Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Wonderful! <3
LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for both of these tutorials for aspiring writers. I already written a letter of proposal for my first children's book. So both of them will be put to good use. I've always loved to draw, and write fantasy stories. Good luck with getting your novel published. =D

I'm attempting my first multiple-chapter Gothic/Romance/Humor vampire story I started writing last year. It's about 6 cursed boys who are isolated vampires from the 16th century who meet 6 high school girls from the modern world in Cherry Wells, West Virginia. Sparks will fly.
PandaCat-Productions Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student Writer
Oh this is a wonderful guide :clap: :clap:
SA99 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Both of your writing tutorials are awesome and a great help. I'm so glad I found them. I'll have to go back and look at them in the future when I get around to actually writing a long chapter story and actually finishing it. And I'll also have to refer my friend to these tutorials since she is writing a very good young adult novel that will be over at least 60,000 words once she finishes it. But I do have one question though. I noticed that you stated in the description that this tutorial doesn't apply to short stories. Do you know any tutorials that talk about how to get short stories or a collection of short stories published? I mainly write a series of short stories focusing around the same characters, and I never thought about publishing them because they were too short, but one of my parents friends said I could just put them into a collection and then try to get it published if I wanted to. Though I don't know how that works. Do you have any suggestions?
LovelessEnd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
wow! this is really useful! thanx for uploading this information for the public, i'm currently writing more than 10 novels, and i definitely wish to publish some of them soon. this information has really benefited me, thanx again! keep uploading this kinda information, please! =P
Iluvocnj2006 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
This is so helpful!
Thank you so much!
crzee4art Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Extremely useful! I can see like two big mistakes you put in here that I probably would've done. Thank you! :heart:
TheOracleDragon Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
very helpful
Strify-Divinae Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for putting this up. This will help me a lot.
FenrirAngel Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
This is amazingly helpful.
I really wish I could get a book out there and it's a huge goal of mine.
The only problem is being thirteen I highly doubt many people will have faith in me over it.
I'll jsut continue working on what I have.
LateNightLady Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks for your tutorial! I used the tips and actually have an agent who wanted to see my entire manuscript! Rather scary :)
Nebelstern Featured By Owner May 8, 2009   Digital Artist
that's so well written... *-*
rosemella-scent Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Thank you so much! This is helpful beyond compare, mostly because I'm much too lazy to look up the average lengths looked for, et cetera.

I'm actually looking to be a publisher/editor; I've tried my miserable hand at writing and found it majorly lacking, but I'm a large fan and promoter of reading and edit things for the students at my school. While I realize this isn't exactly a major step towards a career, it's fun to read someone's work and realize that, no matter their youth, they have an excellent chance of success into the hard world of publishing, writing, and the likes.
no-named-fairy Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
I've got a question. If you want to use a pseudonym instead of your real name, should you tell that to the agent on the query? I'm planning to use a pseudonym when writing books.
lucidflux Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank-you so much for taking the time to write down all of this information and sharing it! It is extremely helpful--if I ever decide to try for publishing this will definitely be a major resource. :) Congrats on the well-deserved DD on part 1! :D
Shinn-San Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Excellent tutorials! Very informative. I'll definitely be referring to these when and if that time comes. :D
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