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How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent

by Noah Lukeman




"HOW TO LAND A LITERARY AGENT was extremely helpful in figuring out the process. This week I landed my first choice agent (within a month of starting the querying process), and I am beyond thrilled about it! Reading the book really did help me figure out the questions to ask my prospective agents and what to look for in the contract before I made my final decision. Thanks so much once again!"
--Elisa H.

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

"This will certainly help writers of any kind defeat rejection and possibly score." (regarding The First Five Pages)



             Many books have been written about how to get published. But few have been written by literary agents, who receive thousands of submissions each year and who grapple with them on a daily basis. Even fewer have been written by active literary agents who are willing to write from the trenches and offer their perspective on why they reject manuscripts, and why they accept them. And no books have been written from an agent's perspective on what it's like, step by step, to work with an agent on a daily basis, and on how to assure that you maintain a long, happy working relationship with your agent.

            How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent is the first book written from an active literary agent's perspective that teaches authors why agents reject or accept manuscripts; why they decide to represent certain authors and not represent others; the best way to approach agents; the best way to work with an agent on a daily basis; and that offers them dozens of specific resources to make the difference in their finally finding the perfect agents for their work. 

           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 himself 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 13 years as a literary agent he has read thousands of manuscripts and represented hundreds of book deals, and in this book he shares his insider's perspective, offers insight and practical tips about what works and what doesn’t.  

            How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent is a must-read for any author serious about getting published. Geared for a broad range of authors, its subject matter is relevant to authors of fiction and non-fiction, screenwriters, poets--any serious author--offering principles that will help lead to success no matter what your craft. Practical and engaging, filled with exercises, anecdotes and sidebars, this 200 plus page book takes you on a journey, and will bring you that much closer to finally landing a literary agent.

            How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent includes:  

        * 10 Reasons Why You Need an Agent
        * 9 Steps to Building Your Bio (for Fiction)
        * 8 Ways to Build Your Non-Fiction Platform
        * 13 Factors to Consider When Evaluating an Agent
        * 24 Free Resources for Researching Agents
        * 11 Fee-Based Resources for Researching Agents
        * The 4 Musts of Submitting
        * 4 Keys to Successful Follow Up
        * 3 Resources to Protect you from Agent Scams
        * 5 Ways an Agent Can Take Advantage of You
        * To Use a Book Doctor?
        * 7 Ways to Protect Yourself in an Agency Agreement
        * To Hire an Attorney?
        * What it’s Like to Work With an Agent (a Step-by-Step Timeline)
        * A Publication Timeline Chart
        * 15 Ways to Assure a Great Relationship With Your Agent
        * 6 Reasons to Drop Your Agent
        * To Self Publish?

The advice in How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent has been tried and tested over many years: Noah Lukeman has dispensed it to thousands of authors around the world, and has heard back from many that it was directly responsible for their finally being able to land an agent. It will work for you, too, if you are prepared to truly study and apply its principles. They are simple—but then again, the most effective principles always are.

"Lukeman’s advice is practical—and often entails multiple, time-consuming steps—
without a hint of the flakiness that creeps into many writing guides."
--Publishers Weekly (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." (regarding The First Five Pages)

"I never tire of reading Noah Lukeman's work because his voice is eloquent, insightful,
practical, original, and sincere.  There is information in Noah Lukeman's books
I have not read elsewhere.  The man has respect for literature and it shows."

"Noah Lukeman has great insight into what it takes to keep an editor
reading your manuscript. Writers will definitely benefit from a thorough study
of Lukeman’s many suggestions which can help them get past the first hurdle to getting published." (regarding The First Five Pages)

"If every novelist and short story writer in this country had Lukeman as an editor,
we’d have a lot more readable prose out there.… Should be on every writer’s shelf.
This is the real thing."

--Barnes & Noble Writers Workshop (regarding The Plot Thickens)

"If you aren't lucky enough to have Lukeman for your agent,
he offers this book as a kind of 'gift.' Treat yourself to his superbly written reference guide."

--NetAuthor.Org (regarding The First Five Pages)



As of April, 2012, Mr. Lukeman has decided to give the book away for free, as a way to help all aspiring authors and give back to the writing community. No strings attached. Just read and enjoy!

Additionally, Mr. Lukeman has included in the file, for free, his other two books on getting published: How to Write a Great Query Letter, and Ask a Literary Agent (a collection of questions and answers from the blog).

To download, click here (PDF format). Or, if you prefer, click here to download on Amazon (free) for Kindle, or on Apple (free) (iTunes). It is also on B&N for the Nook, though they won't make it free, and charge the minimum 99 cents.

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