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Query Do, Query Don’t Ten tips literary agent Kate Johnson wants you to remember

I’ve recently worked through a post-holiday backlog of submissions, and stumbled on some recurring themes and – naturally – some recurring pet peeves. Agents are as diverse in their taste for query letters as they are in their tastes for reading material, so please know my advice comes from personal preference. But I hope these rules will have some universal application for how, when, and why you should contact to an agent. A little work can go a long way to […]

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Common Language, Different Rules Literary Agent Kate Johnson compares and contrasts the U.S. and U.K. book markets

When I relocated part-time to the UK last year, there were many mysteries to figure out: Why so many tea breaks, and how does one brew it in the Orwell fashion? Where does one find canned pumpkin come Thanksgiving? What’s a knees-up, and what does it mean to get trolleyed there? I’m still as baffled as Bill Bryson, but at least have had the opportunity to learn a lot more about the publishing scene over […]

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A View From The Trenches Literary Agent Lucas Hunt reflects on the state of the today traditional publishing market and what authors need to know to be successful

If you want to publish today, your work must be impeccable. Whether you have a novel manuscript that has been slaved over for years, or are an expert in your field with a non-fiction book proposal, the case is the same. Your writing must be in the best shape possible to win the attention of an agent. The current state of the market demands that your work be practically ready to pitch to book editors.

This is not to say that an […]

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Mainstream Publishers and the Acquisition of Successful Self-Published Titles

How interested are mainstream publishers in buying successful self-published books? I don’t mean hugely successful titles (Hugh Howey’s stuff, say), but books that have racked up impressive sales. And how many sales does it take to get a traditional publisher’s attention?

This is a hard question to answer because I truly think it’s different for every scenario. But when I see that a book has already been self-published, I assume that the author has already attempted to get it traditionally published and […]

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What Agents Want. (To Be Surprised, impressed, and Moved.)

Hello!

It’s a huge pleasure to be blogging for The Editorial Department, my first introduction to the publishing industry back when I was but a tiny U of A graduate. Since TED, I’ve moved to New York and landed at Wolf Literary Services, a literary agency that has me reading thousands of manuscripts, interacting with countless authors, and shepherding writers through all stages of their writing careers. It’s a job I adore and one that has given me a lot of insight […]

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Agent Spotlight Ten Agencies Representing Christian Fiction and Nonfiction

We’re always on the lookout for agents and agencies whose specialties might be of interest to our clients, and this month we’re focusing on agents who handle books for the Christian marketplace.

1. Bruce Barbour of Literary Management Group

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Specializes in the area of Christian publishing from an Evangelical perspective.

2. D.C. Jacobson & Associates

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An innovative author management company that provides comprehensive literary representation for Christian authors.

3. Hartline Literary Agency

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Representing authors who write primarily from […]

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