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RECOMMENDED!






The 2005 Guide to Literary Agents

by Wendy J. Woudstra, reviewer   

 
 


RATED:

Pros 
•  Fantastic articles will get new authors ready to approach an agent
•  Indexes of agent specialties, openness and location are great additions
•  More than 600 agents listed - most with detailed information

Cons 
•  The icons used to identify agent qualities could be more intuitive
•  Insider reports, while interesting, provided relatively little useful information
•  Why are publicists listed in this book?

Getting published is no easy task - not even for the most talented writers. It helps to have an agent championing your work. The 2005 Guide to Literary Agents from Writer's Digest Books provides contact information for over 600 agents.

Each listing has icons offering information about the agent's location, willingness to work with new authors, and fees charged. The Agents Specialties index at the back of the book will help you narrow down your search to only those agents who deal with your topic or genre.

The book also provides listings of writers' conferences, which are often attended by agents looking for new talent. For scriptwriters, there are listings of independent production companies and script contests. For a reason unknown to me, there is also a list of independent publicists in this volume.

Rounding out the listings are about two dozen very helpful articles that will help authors get ready to approach agents and publishers with their manuscripts or concepts. A number of "Insider Reports" are less informative, but provide a feel for the way agents and authors work together.

The Bottom Line -

If you want or need an agent, there is no better source for information and listings than this book.


by Wendy Woudstra