Once or twice a week, someone asks me how to find a literary agent. This usually comes up because at my day job in publishing, we’re only taking agented submissions, though I also get this question from writers of all kinds of genres. So I figured it was time I did a post about finding a literary agent.
You might be wondering, “Do I need a literary agent to get published?” The answer is no. Some publishers accept unagented submissions—either all of the time, or during designated open submission periods. But many publishers only take submissions through agents, including most of the bigger publishers.
I’m going to focus on finding a literary agent for fiction, since those are the kinds of agents I work with as an editor, but some of this may pertain to other types of book agents, too!