Some more useful advice on how to bag that elusive agent from Lou Treleaven.
At last you’ve finished writing your masterpiece. It’s time to take a journey. Either to find a publisher, or to venture into that no less terrifying and treacherous terrain that is… (cue tribal drums and the distant cries of wild beasts) … literary agent territory.
If you are lucky you might find a small herd around a watering hole, discussing their latest acquisitions, while more boisterous agents lock horns with passing publishers over foreign rights. Sometimes a young, defenceless author may venture into the clearing, separated from its pack (or Writing Circle). Scared, confused, it pads up to the water to take a much-needed drink in a last attempt to prolong its dangerously uncertain life. It is then that the agents pounce. The poor author submitted her manuscript to ten at once, addressing all her scruffily packaged, misspelled submissions with ‘Dear Sir/Madam’. She has no chance. The agents tear her…
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