Category Archives: Literary agents

Meeting Publishers

It’s not all that often that would-be authors get to meet publishers to pitch their work. Mostly, literary agents will take charge of sending your work out to publishers. Assuming that there’s interest in your work, publishers will come back … Continue reading

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How to Meet Literary Agents

Loads of new writers will be frustrated by the impersonal quality of the typical agent submission procedure. You send off your stuff – spend up to eight weeks waiting to hear something – then get back a preprinted, slightly cold … Continue reading

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Selling in America

I’m involved at the moment with a non-fiction project for a Writers’ Workshop client. We’ve helped this person write a book that deals with the financial crisis – not just the one that exploded in 2008-09, but the one which … Continue reading

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How long does it take to sell a book?

Let’s assume you’ve got an agent. Let’s assume that you’ve done all the editorial work you need to do at this stage. Let’s assume your book is something that has potential global reach, whether fiction or non-fiction. In that case, … Continue reading

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Literary Agents Listings Directory

I’ve left this post up as a kind of historic record. But it’s all old hat now. If you really want to find a useful list of UK literary agents then trot along to Agent Hunter. It’s the best thing … Continue reading

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Should you pay a reading fee to literary agents?

We’re in the process now of compiling an online directory of literary agents. It’s going to be sortable, have very rich data in every agent and will be enriched with our own recommendations and advice – and absolutely no one … Continue reading

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How to find a literary agent for non-fiction

What non-fiction literary agents are looking for, where to find them, and how to give them what they want. 1. What are non-fiction agents looking for? All agents are looking for the same thing: saleable manuscripts of the kind that … Continue reading

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How to get an agent for your thriller

It’s easy to think that because you’re writing a crime novel or thriller, you need an agent who represents crime thrillers. And that’s logical enough … except that isn’t, as it happens, how the industry really works. I write crime … Continue reading

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How do you find a literary agent?

First, a confession. In a sense I’m not exactly the right person to ask. Yes, I’m a professional author with a stack of books under my belt. Yes, some of those books have done well. Yes, I work extensively with … Continue reading

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Do I need a literary agent?

A common question for all new writers – and the answer, almost always, is yes. But let’s start by reviewing what agents are there to do. They have several main roles: selecting saleable manuscripts from all those submitted. Bear in … Continue reading

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Sample literary agent query letter

You want to know what a query letter should look like? Well, here’s an sample one below. Just before we look at it, I should say that I am a real author describing a real book – and I already … Continue reading

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How to write a literary agent query letter

Query letters matter massively. A typical literary agent in New York or London will see approximately 2000 manuscripts a year, and may take on just 1-2 new authors. Of the 2000 manuscripts submitted, the majority – let’s say at least … Continue reading

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Literary agent fees: what to know

Literary agents are salesmen and saleswomen – there to sell your manuscript to publishers. And, as with any sales driven game, you pay them on commission. Good literary agents are massively helpful to new authors, so you shouldn’t resent paying … Continue reading

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Welcome to the WW House Blog

Welcome to the WW House Blog. We’re aiming to provide honest, expert advice from a variety of sources and voices within the industry. And if you ever have questions or need help, then just feel free to contact us at … Continue reading

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