The Agent Search and Learning the Ropes

The resources on this page can be helpful in your search for an agent.

  • Guide to Literary Agents 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
    Writer’s Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published 99th Edition
    by Robert Lee Brewer (Editor)
  • Get a Literary Agent by Andy Ross
  • Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog
  • Literary Agent Undercover
  • Publishers Marketplace aka Publishers Lunch is worth the $25/month subscription fee for all of the daily highlights of what’s happening in the business and the access to contacts and deals
  • The organization Poets & Writers offers all kinds of resources and information to its members, and the articles in the magazine by and about writers and the writing experience and valuable in the perspective they can give you on the writing life, and what it means to be an author in this day and time. Highly recommended if you don’t know it already.
  • The Forest for the Trees An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner. It includes a chapter “Making Contact: Seeking Agents and Publication”. This chapter is worth the price of the book many times over.
  • I also commend to you the archive of Betsy’s blog, The Forest for the Trees. Betsy was, for many years, an editor at several major publishing houses, and then jumped to the agent side, selling mostly non-fiction, where she is very successful. Her blog reached a community of writers who shared their struggles, fears, joys and sorrows, failures and successes in response to her daily question “where are you today as a writer” posed as a set piece in all manner of circumstances. She is a brilliant and very funny woman.
  • Thinking Like Your Editor How to Write Great Serious Non-fiction and Get It Published by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato. I have found this book to be extraordinarily helpful in directing authors of non-fiction projects in the construction of the all important proposal for the book idea you have. Not only does the editor want to see this proposal, so does the agent, and the agent will work with you to develop it, so it sells the book idea to the appropriate editor for the project.
  • How to Get Happily Published, 5th Edition by Judith Appelbaum—this is a wonderfully succinct overview of how the publishing business works, and how you the author can maximize your position in the traditional publishing forum.