Mar 13 2009

One of the Advantages of Getting a Literary Agent

Published by at 7:01 am under Getting Published,Literary Agents

Good literary agents only accept manuscripts with some potential, so having a good literary agent suggests to publisher that the work is worth looking at more closely.

According to Kris Waldherr

“Of the hundreds (maybe thousand plus) of manuscripts I read during a six month period, only about 2% went onto consideration by an acquiring editor. None of them were acquired. This suggests why so many publishers have stopped reading manuscripts not submitted to them by agents or colleagues. Bottom line: reading unsolicited submissions is simply not cost effective.”

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4 Responses to “One of the Advantages of Getting a Literary Agent”

  1. Bretton 13 Mar 2009 at 2:30 pm

    “so having a good literary agent suggests to publisher that the work is looking at more closely.”

    i think you meant “so having a good literary agent suggests to publisher that the work is WORTH looking at more closely.”

    just trying to help.

  2. B. Macon 13 Mar 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Ah, good call. Thanks.

  3. Dforceon 13 Mar 2009 at 2:34 pm

    So how does one go about finding a good literary agent? (Is this for novels or comics, btw?).

  4. B. Macon 13 Mar 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Just for novels. As for finding a good literary agent, I’ll defer to the wisdom of The Rejecter, who recommends Agent Query. I highly suggest that novelists look at their article on how to submit to literary agents here.

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