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A Guide to Agents
Resources Listing Literary Agents and Artist's Representatives
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Are you looking for lists of agents? Start with a book! A book contains in one easy-to-use and inexpensive package information that would take you days of work to find online--if you even could find all of that information. Online resources are useful to supplement and update your book. Here are recommended print and online resources, for the US market, except as noted (the links take you to more info. at a specific Amazon or a review on my site. If you prefer to shop at an independent bookstore, just note titles and then go to IndieBound):
General and Adult Publishing:
- 2015 Guide to Literary Agents: This is the most widely used general guide to agents. Here you'll find hundreds of literary agencies and advice on finding and working with an agent. (More info. or buy at: Amazon.com | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK )
- Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents (2015 edition): An alternative guide to both publishers and agents, produced by a literary agent and published every other year. (More info. or buy at: Amazon.com | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK )
- 2015 Writer's Market: Among the approximately 1,000 pages in this general market guide you will find agents, book and magazine publishers, and much more. (More info. or buy at: Amazon.com | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK )
- 2015 Artist's and Graphic Designer's Market: This is a substantial general resource for illustrators of all kinds, and includes listings of artist's representatives. (More info. or buy at: Amazon.com | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK )
- Canada: The Canadian Writer's Market, 2013 edition (most recent): This is the Canadian equivalent of Writer's Market. (More info. or buy at: Amazon Canada | Amazon UK | Amazon US )
- UK: Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2015: This is the market guide to get for the UK. (More info. or buy at: Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Amazon US )
- Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market: includes a comprehensive list of agents, as well as lists of publishers and loads of basic information.
- SCBWI members should be sure to get their free "Agents Directory": It's on their website in "The Book" in the Resource Library.
- UK: Children's Writers' and Artist's Yearbook 2015: This is the most current option for the UK. ( Amazon Canada | Amazon US )
- Canada: There is no Canadian equivalent--you'll need to useThe Canadian Writer's Market (see above).
- More useful books: Not just agents--notes on different kinds of books for writers and illustrators. This is revised and expanded from the resource section in my C.I. Guide to Publishing Children's Books.
- I Need an Agent!: The complete text of the chapter about agents in my C.I. Guide to Publishing Children's Books.
Going Without an Agent:
How to Be Your Own Literary Agent: An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published: by Richard Curtis, well-known literary agent. This does not list agents, but it may help you find a way to live without one--and the insights into how publishing works are worth it even if you do have an agent.
- Agent Hunter: A new website that aims to be a UK equivalent of AgentQuery.
- agentquery.com: A searchable online database of agents--a useful tool.
- Agenting Picture Books v. Agenting Novels: A two-part article by an agent.
- Preditors and Editors Agents section: P&E is a wonderful resource for checking up on agents (and publishers). They don't tell you much about the good ones, but they do tell you the ones to avoid.
- The Safest Way to Search for an Agent: An excellent, detailed guide by Victoria Strauss.
Finding and Choosing Literary Agents
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