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Ask a Literary Agent
(Year One)

by Noah Lukeman


"Noah Lukeman, one of the top literary agents in New York, gave writers a great gift."
 --James Frey (regarding The Plot Thickens)


"Lukeman has stared at thousands of manuscripts, and he can pick out poor ones with a glance….Lukeman has done a great service to the writing community by providing this glimpse into the abyss."
--InscriptionsMagazine.com (regarding The First Five Pages)


           New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd, has represented multiple New York Times bestsellers, winners of the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award, National Book Award Finalists, and has written three critically-acclaimed books on the craft of writing (The First Five Pages, The Plot Thickens, and A Dash of Style). During his last 14 years as a literary agent he has represented hundreds of book deals, and in his blog, ASK A LITERARY AGENT, he gives aspiring authors insight into all facets of the book publishing industry.

The publishing industry is a mysterious one, and it can be hard for aspiring authors to find answers. The blog, “Ask a Literary Agent,” gives authors a forum in which they can ask away, and have their questions answered in depth by an active literary agent. The free e-book on this page, ASK A LITERARY AGENT (YEAR ONE), collects all of the questions and answers from the first year and puts them all in one downloadable file. Now you can conveniently have all of this information in one place and can read it at your leisure, whether it's on your computer, or on your favorite e-reader. 

            ASK A LITERARY AGENT (Year One) includes in-depth answers to the following questions:  

* Should my agent let me know which publishers/editors have read my work, and provide me with copies of the rejection letters?
* I am just starting out and have never been published. What should I put in my bio?
* My agent is unwilling to sell world rights to my book. What should I do?
* How does one land a job as a literary agent?
* Should I revise my work for a prospective agent?
* Can I fire my agent mid-submission?
* Should I query an agent with several books at once?
* Once I land an agent, how long does it take to land a book deal?
* What is the ideal page count for a first novel?
* How many agents should I approach?
* If my agent doesn’t like my next book, should I fire him?
* Why won’t publishers respond?
* How long should I wait to hear back about my manuscript?
* How many copies must a book sell to be considered a success?
* Will being published by a small press help my career?
* Can self-publishing damage your career?
* Is there a market for literary fiction set in a country outside of the United States?
* Can I be represented by two literary agents?
* Should I finish the manuscript of my novel before submitting to agents?
* Do agents really read the first five pages? Or just the first five sentences?
* What do you look for in a logline?
* How do I find out what agent represents a novel in my genre?

Mr. Lukeman is giving away ASK A LITERARY AGENT (Year One) free, as a way to give back to the writing community. Click here to download the free e-book.


If you would also like to read 20 free pages of Noah Lukeman's new book, How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent, click here.


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