Where do agents look for new clients?

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Where do agents look for new clients? This illustration shows a varied crowd of silhouttes looking at artwork in a museum.


Some success stories from authors and agents

“I’m more likely to scour the internet for writers who work for news websites or magazines. Sometimes I scour Instagram to see if there’s an interesting account that would translate into a book. I also subscribe to emails that aggregate links to things I might want to read: Sunday Reads and Reliable Sources are two I can think of right away. Another great resource for me is an e-newsletter called Bloglovin’, which is a round-up of blog posts geared towards women. It’s not that I’d never read literary magazines or journals for great material (I do read Lit Hub); it’s just that there is SO much great writing out there, and I only have so many hours in a day!” —Kathleen Matthews Schmidt, Empire Literary LLC

“My short story ‘Girl Talk’ won a prize judged by Jill McCorkle in New Delta Review, and literary agent Nat Sobel reached out to me about it. And a student of mine, Samuel Kolawole, was just a finalist for the Africa Prize at Graywolf, and he’s since been swarmed by agents.” —Julianna Baggott, author of two New York Times Notable Books of the Year

“I typically stumble upon my nonfiction authors. I’m pretty curious about a lot of things, and when I engage that curiosity – by listening to SiriusXM radio or a podcast, reading an article or op-ed, attending a lecture or taking classes – I’m exposed to all sorts of interesting people. Once I find them, I feel them out about their interest/desire in writing a book.” —Laney Katz Becker, Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

“My long story, ‘Poachers,’ was published in Texas Review in 1998. After he read it, Nat Sobel sent me one of his (I now realize) famous letters, asking if I had representation.” —Tom Franklin, New York Times best-selling novelist