How to get an Agent for Book PublishingWhere can I get an agent for book publications?
In 2 simple Stepps you become a Frahlingen
You can become a literature agent in two simple stages! Choose to become a frahling. You can call yourself a frahling. We do not have any license or special demands on the work as a frahling. It' more difficult to become an realtor than a wife. That is why authors need to research the media they interrogate and make sure the media have expertise and know how to back up their titles. However, this is not always the case.
I' m familiar with some agents (and publishing houses, for that matter) who have sites and tweets that have no previous deal. Instead of having their experiences discussed on their website, an agent talks about their interests. That are not publisher-related. Someone else sheds a great deal of light upon their Englishs qualifications without mentioning the publishing world.
Then there is a publishers who for some apparent reasons keeps referring to Disney, almost like a trick, as if we didn't realize that there is no mention of their publishing expertise. Well, from a technical point of view, if you want to be an agent (or a publishers, I assume), you only have to name one.
They want to know how to become a succesful agent. You' re asking the publishing houses to show you and your writers a little dignity and maybe buy some crazy literature because that's what this is all about, isn't it? Since there are no licenses, tests, trainings etc., there is only one way to become an agent: Be an apprentice or an assistent first.
Living in NYC gives you many ways to work for free every hour of the day, build a database, reject requests and receive rework. You' ll begin on the basement level, learn and prove yourself. While you could begin with an intership that doesn't turn into anything, perhaps this intership will give you another one, one in which the company suggests that one day, when webborgs dominate the world, you might have the opportunity to be labeled a partner or assistant agent by running some of your own customers around the work area.
There' other ways to get started on your way to the agent, even if you can't move to New York: Think of those independently owned publishing houses that can also be found in most states. Look at a long distance practical course. Competing for long-distance work placements is tough, because there are many opportunities for this.
Last weeks I got 82 candidates in just over 12 lessons for my traineeship. It' s not that there is only one way to become an agent, but it all comes down to ways to find the kind of expertise that will prove to be a worthwhile way for an incumbent to join its line.
Don't hide it - the best way to become an agent is to join an incumbent agent and work under a mentoring sen. Yes, I started my publishing carreer as an writer. I' d already bought five copies before I got my work placement. Not only But I Love but also Prada & Prejudice got an offer from the publishing houses I had chosen.
That' why, despite an internship and those seven volumes to my name - and the fact that at this point in my entirety, my agent said simply,'tell me where you want to send this book,' and I would make my own enlistment - I was never, ever going to just mount a clapboard and get started my own agency. No...
Well, after month of work experience, I started to email selected agents. My focus was on agents that weren't entirely NYC-based (my line of thought was that they would be more open to a distant agent if I wasn't the only agent that didn't show up at the agency every day), and whose taste/list would be consistent with my own.
I' d like to emphasize that in my case it was my work placement in connection with my authoring experiences. Had I had no publishing expertise and less than a year of practical training, I wouldn't know that I was as attractive as a candidat. When you only have one placement, an agent may place you as an intern-to-grow-in-to-an-agent or similar, but it is unlikely that you will receive a direct vacancy.
At the end it was a love agent that took me to DC4EO. It was not quite willing to extend the office, but it did refer me to DG4EO, and after speaking to Bob it was a sludge bunk. I' ve been with the company since February 2010. So all this is to say: Yes, it is possible to become an agent outside of NYC, but you need to be willing to cuff up your sleeve and work for free, possibly for a while, and possibly in different functions at different agents, until you are able to end up somewhere where they can make you an agent.
It is not only a book in the genre you want to promote, but daily/weekly newsletter from Publisher's Marketplace, Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal, etc, etc... Watch websites like bookjobs.com, Publishers Marketplace, and various blog agencies and Twitter. And the more you've got, the more chances you'll see.
I want you to get this work experience and work your ass off. If you have been interning for an agent for 1+ years of you have had a lot of experience, if you think that you are willing, first ask at the agent where you are interning and see if there are more chances for you. Failing that, e-mail agents who contact you and ask if they are open for an intership to make you an agent.
Don't be shy of emailing and asking about possibilities, ask the internship office if there are other jobs they need help with (IE, "I'll give you a table of customer information"). Then, even if you are an agent..... it often lasts 5 years to earn a stable salary.