How to find a literary agent

Our post yesterday announced the news of a birth. This post tells you exactly how to use Agent Hunter and suggests some strategies for how best to use it

Register & subscribe
Just go to Once there, follow the instructions to register and subscribe. Subscriptions cost £12 a year and if you cancel within 7 days, we don’t charge you a penny, so it’s a completely risk-free trial. If you want a free subscription, we’ve got plenty to give away – so please check out the info at the bottom of this post.

Searching for agents
How to Search for a Literary AgentIn the bad old days, finding an literary agent felt pretty much random. Yes, you could get a list of names and addresses, but how to find the agent appropriate to you and your project? Good luck in trying to figure that one out. JK Rowling famously sent her stuff to Christopher Little because she thought his name was sweet, and to be fair that particular relationship did OK … but still, it would be nice to take some of the randomness out of the process.

The image on the left shows just some of the ways you can search for agents on Agent Hunter. Not just by genre, or name of agent – but by experience, hunger for clients, authors represented, and much more besides.

Every time you adjust the settings in the search boxes, you’ll get an instant update of all the agents who meet the criteria you’ve set. If there are too many agents on the list, you can narrow your search. Too few and you can expand it.

It’s not just literary agents you can search in this way. We’ve also got search tools for every literary agency in the UK – and search tools for every significant publisher too. So if you decide your project is more suited to direct submission to publishers, you can generate a list of the kind of publishers appropriate to you and your work.

Nothing like this has ever existed in the UK before and, although there have been comparable tools developed for the US, we’re pretty sure we offer more functionality than any other site in the world.

Researching your agent
But it’s not enough to get a list of agents. You want useful information about that agent as well as links to key info from around the web. So we’ve created that too. Below, we show the kind of information you can get on one agent – and indeed, there was too much data available for us to capture in a single image.

You can see that we offer short biogs of every agent. Also (wherever we’ve been able to source them, and we’ve sent data requests to every agent and agency in the UK), we’ve looked for photos, contact info, client list status, total number of clients as well as a list of those clients themselves, information about authors and books liked by the agent, advice to writers, key links, twitter handles – and more besides.

We’ve had a very positive response from agents across the board: this is something they want as much as you. It means they can make sure their slushpile contains more of what they want, less of what they don’t.

Similar info is available on agencies and publishers.

Free subscriptions
Truth is, if you have a book ready to send out to agents, an investment of £12 in Agent Hunter isn’t much of an ask. It is, by far, the best way to find an agent for the British & Irish markets.

But hey, free is always good, so we decided that we would make available a total of 50 free subscriptions to anyone willing to review Agent Hunter on their blog or website. Just register as a new user, then contact us with (a) the email address you used to register and (b) the blog or website where your review will appear. That review will need to contain a link to Agent Hunter so people know what you’re talking about!

We’ll then arrange for you to have a free one year’s subscription to Agent Hunter – but we do ask that your review appears within two weeks or our Subscription Robots might get tetchy (and they’re based on early Dalek technology, so their tetchy tends to involve planets going boom!)


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