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hese days, everybody wants to be an author. Just walk into any book store
and you'll see thousands of titles about every conceivable subject. They say
everybody's an expert about at least one thing and going by the number of books
there are, it's probably true! If you want a high profile job that borders on
glamorous, and you love books and reading, then try your hand at being a Literary
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A Literary Agent basically represents the writer, making sure that they get
the best deal for the international publishing or movie rights to their books.
It may not stop there. If you're doing such a great job and your client is very
successful, we're talking about spin-off merchandise like toys, clothing and
product endorsements. These are usually handled by a Business Manager, but you
might have to play that role as well.
First, you've got to find a talented writer to represent. There a literally
thousands of up-and-coming writers who are terrific writers but don't know the
first thing about marketing themselves or their book. Finding the writer who
could be your big break isn't going to be easy. You'll have to LOVE reading
because that's how you tell if you want to represent someone - you read their
material. We're talking tons of material here... not just your odd manuscript
every now and then. You never know when that special manuscript will pop up
that makes yoy say "this is the one I want to represent".
When you've found the writers you want to represent and they in turn have agreed
to let you represent them, then it's time to sell, sell, sell. You need to sell
their work to publishing houses and movie producers. You'll need to know which
publising houses tend to prefer your writer's genre and then approach them.
You'll need loads of energy, people skills and a sense of diplomacy as you meet
the authors you represent and the executives or managers of these publishing
houses. Not every meeting will be successful, but then if it were that easy,
everyone would be doing it, right? Anyway, you never know... you may be sitting
on the next best seller. Can't you just read the money between the lines?