Frequently asked questions

Do I need an agent?

If you write fiction or general non-fiction, you will find that most publishers will not even look at an uncommissioned typescript unless it comes via an agent.

For most other categories of writing, you may well find it easier to approach publishers direct rather than trying to interest an agent.

If you are going to try to find an agent it is better to do so before approaching publishers with the typescript.

How do I find an agent?

Comprehensive lists of agents are given in both The Writers Handbook and The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. Full details on how to submit your work are also given in both books.

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