Literary Agents Are People Too

Katelyn Uplinger - Agent/Editor

The title may sound obvious but I think people sometimes forget that literary agents are just people doing their jobs. Some authors get frustrated and lash out, forgetting there is a real person behind the social media profile or email address. We also aren’t hanging out in ivory towers cackling over rejections. In fact many of us hate that part of our job. Many of us are also writers too, including yours truly. We all joined publishing because we love books, not because we wanted to crush dreams. And yes there are many aggravating things about the traditional publishing industry, but don’t put all the blame on us. We are just people trying to make a living doing what we are passionate about.

Literary agents may seem like mysterious shadowy figures who are hard to get the attention of. In reality that is due to the number of queries we…

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