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How to “Land” a Literary Agent: Based on a True Story

A Step by Step Guide

Spend 3 years writing your novel.

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Research agents you’d like to work with.

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Research how to write a query letter.

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Realize your book is not ready. Spend another year re-writing and revising.

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Query agents for a year.

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Receive rejections.

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Revise.

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Query more agents.

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Eventually get a request for a full.

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Eventually get more requests for a full.

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Send. Try not to go crazy. Remain Calm.

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Write another novel.

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Wait some more.

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Receive email from an agent.¬†Get the stress tingles. Try not to get hopes up. Much research over what the phrase “Do you have time to chat?” really means.

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Discuss book. Wondering, daydreaming, over-analyzing ensues.

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Receive offer of representation.

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Try not to cry/scream/shout/dance/run/panic/pass out.

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Talk to other agents who had the full, decide on the one who loves your characters and story the most.

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Officially accept representation.

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