This week I had to draft a presentation for a branding class in my Masters program. Boring, I know (actually, not really). Anyway, in this assignment I was asked to give a “how to” presentation about something that interests me or discuss branding in the field I am in. Well, since I am an unemployed writer/student I chose to write about landing an agent. This interests me greatly. I want one, I am going to need one and they are not easily attainable.
In preparation for this presentation, I mined data from my many “how to” books and found the most useful info came from:
HOW TO LAND (AND KEEP) A LITERARY AGENT By, Noah Lukeman.
Mr. Lukeman is a literary agent who penned this very straightforward and not very comforting look at what agents want, expect and need from prospective writers. He doesn’t pull punches and in the end you might feel a little discouraged, but it offers some really great and insightful glimpses into what agents are looking for.
He starts off by listing all the reasons why one would need an agent as opposed to going straight to the publishers. This part alone was worth the money. He points out some critical missteps authors have made by bypassing the lit agent and opportunities that were forever lost as a result. He discusses ways to brand yourself, your work and create a working and noticeable platform. The best part is the book is only $2.99 on Amazon and he includes a free “How to write a query letter” supplement. Seriously, you would be a fool to pass this one up.
(This post was originally published on June 20, 2012)
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