How to Hook a Literary Agent

How to Hook a Literary Agent

by Stephanie J Hale

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Overview

Have you written a great book, and now you’re looking for a literary agent? Do you wish an insider would help you get your foot in the door?

Some top literary agents are receiving nearly 1000 submissions per week and only 3 per cent of these books are getting accepted. So if your book is to have a chance, you need to stack the odds in your favour.

How To Hook A Literary Agent contains more than 20 years’ knowledge condensed into one handy guide.

You’ll learn:

  • How to create a sensational pitch that stands out from the others.
  • Why your current synopsis may be wrecking your chances.
  • How to spot the good agents from the bad ones.
  • When to hassle a literary agent and when to hold fire.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of having an agent.

This helpful guide includes templates to help you write your own submission letter, author bio and synopsis.

Discover what makes literary agents tick and exactly what they’re looking for.

Stephanie J. Hale is a publishing expert and book publicist who has helped many first-time authors secure publishing deals and book awards. She’s founder of Oxford Literary Consultancy, and has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to authors and literature by Her Majesty the Queen.

Keywords: literary agent, publishing guide, graduate school guides, nonfiction, publishing & books, authorship

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992846091
Publisher: Powerhouse Publications
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Stephanie J. Hale is a publishing expert and book publicist who has helped many first-time authors secure literary agents, publishing deals and book awards. She is founder of Oxford Literary Consultancy, and has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to authors and literature by Her Majesty the Queen.

Table of Contents

Ch1: Programme Yourself For Success

The importance of goal-setting.

Ch2: Convincing Agents Your Book Will Sell

Collect your facts and figures.

Ch3: Free Tools On The Internet

Market research in three minutes.

Ch4: The 12-Second Decision

How branding sells books…

Ch5: Getting Inside Your Reader’s Mind

Who is your target reader?

Ch6: How Agents And Publishers Think

What are YOUR book’s selling points?

Ch7: Creating A Buzz About Your Book

Use the right buzz words to sell your manuscript.

Ch8: Preparation Is Everything

Enticing agents to read your book.

Ch9: The ‘Must Have’ Submission Letter

Dos and don’ts for your covering letter.

Ch10: Selling Yourself

Building your professional credentials.

Ch11: Write A Sensational Synopsis

Writing a synopsis that leaves an agent hungry for more.

Ch12: Start With A Bang, Not A Whimper

Is the opening of your book strong enough?

Ch13: Spit and Polish

Editing and revision – a quick checklist.

Ch14: First Impressions

Lay-out and presentation of your manuscript.

Ch15: Who To Send To

Targeting the agents and publishers most likely to

accept your book.

Ch16: Publishing Etiquette

How many submissions? What agents really mean.

Ch17: Rotten Rejections

Ch18: Agent or Publisher?

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