The 2011 Guide to Literary Agents is the one book every writer should have. With over 555 up-to-date agencies, it lists their agents, what genre they represent, terms, and the guidelines for contact.
For a writer, it almost seems to good to be true, doesn’t it? The only thing missing is….their home phone numbers….(cough).
In addition, the first 90 pages are packed full with basic writer tips. That’s the part I really liked about this book in addition to the key information when it comes to current agents. The author didn’t expect me to have any knoweldge of how the process of getting an agent goes which is nice. I hate picking up a book just to realize I need another book just so I can understand the one I have.
It’s difficult to describe how many topics that are crucial are covered in this book. It discusses the process of making sure the agent your querying is not only legit but credible in the field. It goes over the dreaded revision process and gives tips to self-editing, 100 writing prompts, different ways to apporach and find agents outside of research, and of course, the much appreciated tips to writing a good query letter.
Seems complete right? Nope. After reading the above information on how to get an agent, there are chapters on how to evaluate an offer once you have one, the scoop on copyright, how to improve your book contract, and what any writer is struggling to figure out: How Authors Make Money.
And you know what the crazy thing is? I haven’t even told you about all the chapters before the agency listings start in the book. It even touches on self-publishing, which we all know seems like a dirty word that no aspiring writer should ever mention.
As a writer I can just tell this book was written by a seasoned professional: Chuck Sambuchino. Chuck is not only an editor for Writer’s Digest, he is the editor for the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market. In his spare time, Chuck runs a famous blog aptly named the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, where industry professionals and agents come together to give tips and advice. Additionally, more than 600 of his articles have appeared in national and regional newspapers, magazines, and books. Recently, he made his debut as an author with his book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.
The 2011 Guide to Literary Agents is a must-have for all writers and would be a thoughtful gift as well!