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What literary agents want

Six literary agents weigh in on platform, publishing, and why you should never address a query to “dear sir.”


A literary agent can do a great deal for a writer’s career – help with the editing process of manuscripts and book proposals, negotiate a contract, lobby for a higher advance or a two-book deal or a book-to-film option. Who are these professionals dedicated to literature and a roster of clients who rely on them for everything from moral to legal support?

In June, I caught up with six agents – based on their clients’ enthusiastic recommendations – and asked them about their perspectives on the industry, their pet peeves, and their most beloved success stories.

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