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.
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
insider's perspective, offers insight and practical tips about what works and
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
The advice in How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent has been tried and tested over many years: Noah Lukeman has dispensed it to thousands of authors around the world, and has heard back from many that it was directly responsible for their finally being able to land an agent. It will work for you, too, if you are prepared to truly study and apply its principles. They are simple—but then again, the most effective principles always are.
"Lukeman’s advice is
practical—and often entails multiple, time-consuming steps—
"Lukeman has stared at thousands of manuscripts, and he
can pick out poor ones with a glance….
"I never tire of reading Noah
Lukeman's work because his voice is eloquent, insightful,
"Noah Lukeman has great
insight into what it takes to keep an editor
As of April, 2012, Mr. Lukeman has decided to give the book away for free, as a way to help all aspiring authors and give back to the writing community. No strings attached. Just read and enjoy!
Additionally, Mr. Lukeman has included in the file, for free, his other two books on getting published: How to Write a Great Query Letter, and Ask a Literary Agent (a collection of questions and answers from the blog).
To download, click here (PDF format). Or, if you prefer, click here to download on Amazon (free) for Kindle, or on Apple (free) (iTunes). It is also on B&N for the Nook, though they won't make it free, and charge the minimum 99 cents.