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How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent [Kindle Edition]

Noah Lukeman

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"Noah Lukeman, one of the top literary agents in New York, gave writers a great gift."
--James Frey (regarding The Plot Thickens)

"This will certainly help writers of any kind defeat rejection and possibly score."
--Writers.com (regarding The First Five Pages)

Many books have been written about how to get published. But few have been written by literary agents, who receive thousands of submissions each year and who grapple with them on a daily basis. Even fewer have been written by active literary agents who are willing to write from the trenches and offer their perspective on why they reject manuscripts, and why they accept them. And no books have been written from an agent's perspective on what it's like, step by step, to work with an agent on a daily basis, and on how to assure that you maintain a long, happy working relationship with your agent.

How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent is the first book written from an active literary agent's perspective that teaches authors why agents reject or accept manuscripts; why they decide to represent certain authors and not represent others; the best way to approach agents; the best way to work with an agent on a daily basis; and that offers them dozens of specific resources to make the difference in their finally finding the perfect agents for their work.

New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd, has represented multiple New York Times bestsellers, winners of the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award, National Book Award Finalists, and has himself written three critically-acclaimed books on the craft of writing, The First Five Pages, The Plot Thickens, and A Dash of Style. During his last 13 years as a literary agent he has read thousands of manuscripts and represented hundreds of book deals, and in this book he shares his insider's perspective, offers insight and practical tips about what works and what doesn’t.

How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent is a must-read for any author serious about getting published. Geared for a broad range of authors, its subject matter is relevant to authors of fiction and non-fiction, screenwriters, poets--any serious author--offering principles that will help lead to success no matter what your craft. Practical and engaging, filled with exercises, anecdotes and sidebars, this 200 plus page book takes you on a journey, and will bring you that much closer to finally landing a literary agent.

How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent includes:

* 10 Reasons Why You Need an Agent
* 9 Steps to Building Your Bio (for Fiction)
* 8 Ways to Build Your Non-Fiction Platform
* 13 Factors to Consider When Evaluating an Agent
* 24 Free Resources for Researching Agents
* 11 Fee-Based Resources for Researching Agents
* The 4 Musts of Submitting
* 4 Keys to Successful Follow Up
* 3 Resources to Protect you from Agent Scams
* 5 Ways an Agent Can Take Advantage of You
* To Use a Book Doctor?
* 7 Ways to Protect Yourself in an Agency Agreement
* To Hire an Attorney?
* What it’s Like to Work With an Agent (a Step-by-Step Timeline)
* A Publication Timeline Chart
* 15 Ways to Assure a Great Relationship With Your Agent
* 6 Reasons to Drop Your Agent
* To Self Publish?

"Lukeman’s advice is practical—and often entails multiple, time-consuming steps—without a hint of the flakiness that creeps into many writing guides."
--Publishers Weekly (regarding The Plot Thickens)

This 100,000 word file includes two additional books written by Mr. Lukeman--HOW TO WRITE A GREAT QUERY LETTER and ASK A LITERARY AGENT--for free!

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  • Print Length: 339 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z9JOXC
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me get my first agent. Jan. 4 2011
By Aron Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
How to land and keep a literary agent is not just another empty book filled with unrealistic promises. It is written by a very well known literary agent who provided a real inside look into how literary agents work and think--providing the reasons why it is so darn hard to get an agent, and, once realized, exactly how to overcome that. I followed author's advice to a tee, and soon I was getting read by literary agents, they were actually reading and considering my work. I had to be persistent, or course, but once I realized how to go about getting consideration, I knew it was just a matter of time before an agent would represent me. It took me 9 months, and now I am represented by a literary agent, contract and all.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Noah Lukeman! Oct. 7 2011
By G. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After spending the last month pounding the internet for information on how to find an agent I stumbled across this Kindle book. In one afternoon I learned more than the previous thirty and I now feel I have a clear idea of the tools, method, and goal. Concisely written so it doesn't waste any time getting down to the essentials. I highly recommend this if you've never done an agent search before.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative March 12 2012
By Author, Jennifer Robins - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and most informative. Trying to secure representation of an agent needs all the help you can get and this book gives some excellent idea's on how to go about it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just another barrier to entry written by a gate-keeper to the writing world Jan. 24 2013
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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Just another barrier to entry written by a gate-keeper to the writing world, except this one has grammatical and spelling errors every chapter or two. Really reads like a self-published pile of claptrap.

I do like Mr. Lukeman's tips on writing a query letter, in fact I'd consider them axiomatic, but this book is outdated and for the most part a waste of time. As an example: his extensive coverage of postal submissions and SASEs... not anymore, pal. These days, 99% of agents want you to e-mail your queries and your submissions.

In short, if you're a budding writer, find a new book on this subject if you value any possibility of a career! Here's a suggestion: a book called I HATE LITERARY AGENTS by U.B. Red. Great book, up to date, and has more info in the first ten pages than most every other book on the subject combined. Here's a link to it: I HATE LITERARY AGENTS
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected Dec 28 2012
By Debra To - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought there would be more concrete advice that you can't find on the internet and more stuff about query letters. Not a bad book, but not sure how helpful this will be.

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