How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent

How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent

Noah Lukeman / Feb 29, 2020

How to Land and Keep a Literary Agent 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 sc

  • Title: How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent
  • Author: Noah Lukeman
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  • Page: 258
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  • 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 Writers 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 t 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 Writers 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 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 This 100,000 word file includes two additional books written by Mr.

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      • Noah Lukeman

        In addition to being an active literary agent, Noah Lukeman is also author of the best selling The First Five Pages A Writer s Guide to Staying out of the Rejection Pile Simon Schuster, 1999 , which was a selection of many of Writer s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers and is part of the curriculum in many universities His The Plot Thickens 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life St Martins Press, 2002 was a National Bestseller, a BookSense 76 Selection, a Publishers Weekly Daily pick, a selection of the Writers Digest Book Club, and a selection of many of Writer s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers His A Dash of Style The Art and Mastery of Punctuation W.W Norton, 2006 and Oxford University Press in the UK, 2007 was critically acclaimed, a selection of the Writers Digest Book Club and the Forbes Book Club, was profiled on NPR, and is now part of the curriculum in over 50 universities and writing programs His e book How to Write a Great Query Letter, which he gives away for free as a way of giving back to the writing community, was the 1 Bestselling title on Shorts for many months His most recent book geared to help aspiring authors is How to Land and Keep a Literary Agent To help aspiring authors, he has also made available free chapters from all his books, which you can read by clicking here.Noah has also worked as a collaborator, and is co author, with Lieutenant General Michael Rifle Delong, USMC, Ret of Inside Centcom Regnery, 2005 , a selection of the Military Book Club His Op Eds co authored with General Delong appeared in the Sunday New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Dallas Morning News He has contributed articles about the publishing industry and the craft of writing to several magazines, including Poets Writers, Writers Digest, The Writer, the AWP Chronicle and the Writers Market, and has been anthologized in The Practical Writer Viking, 2004.Creatively, Noah is author of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II, Pegasus Books, 2008 an original play written in blank verse, which aspires to pick up where Shakespeare s Macbeth left off Macbeth II was critically acclaimed, and featured as recommended reading in New York Magazine s 2008 Fall Preview He has also written several screenplays, one of which, Brothers in Arms, was chosen as one of Hollywood s 100 Best Scripts of the Year on the 2007 Black List and is currently in development at a major studio.Noah Lukeman has been a guest speaker on the subjects of writing and publishing at numerous forums, including Harvard University, The Hotchkiss School, The Juilliard School, the Wallace Stegner writing program at Stanford University, the Writers Digest Panel at Book Expo America, the MFA at Northern Michigan University, the National Society of Newspaper Columnist s annual Boston conference, and Riker s Island Penitentiary He earned his B.A with High Honors in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University, cum laude.


    785 Comments

    1. Exceedingly helpful for prospective authors, with clear advice and insight into the submission process, what to expect at every stage, and bonus sections on writing query letters and Q&A. An inexpensive buy with consolidated advice that will save you Googling for hours (days weeks) Includes helpful links to additional resources and industry databases.



    2. I'm muddling through revisions now, hoping to query agents in the next six to eight months. There's a lot of great info in here about how to prepare for querying, what to expect when you sign with an agency, and the likely time frame for seeing your books on the shelves if your agent sells your work. My book is fiction, but there's also great info in here on querying nonfiction and memoirs, too, since those tend to be handled differently. (I had no idea!)There were a few things that seemed dated [...]


    3. I enjoy this agent's work on the inductry and the was helpful to understand the industry from the agent's perspective. Kind of a "What to Expect If You're Expecting" view on writer-to-agent relationships, the publishing timeline, and everything in between. Highly recommend.


    4. Great book full of information that will help beginning writers know what to expect and what they can do to be successful writers. Also includes bonus material: How to Write a Great Query Letter (Lukeman's free eBook instructional guide.)


    5. A truly helpful and common sense guide to the do's and don'ts of this tricky business of landing a literary agent. Noah Lukeman knows his stuff and conveys his information well.


    6. A free book with some good tips on how to prepare for a query and what to expect once you get an agent (including timelines).



    7. Very informative. I got to 60% complete, and the book went to "How to Write a Great Query Letter," which I've already read.


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