How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent, How to Write a Great Query Letter, and Ask a Literary Agent

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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." (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 few 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, written from a literary agent's perspective, 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.

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.

Many books have also been written about the query letter. But few have been written by literary agents, who receive thousands of queries each year and who grapple with them on a daily basis. 

In HOW TO WRITE A GREAT QUERY LETTER, critically-acclaimed author and literary agent Noah Lukeman offers his insights on the query letter, sharing an insider's perspective, giving insights and practical tips about what works and what doesn’t. He writes from the trenches and offers his perspective on why agents reject query letters—and why they accept them.

ASK A LITERARY AGENT compiles dozens of questions and in-depth answers from Noah Lukeman’s blog, offering writers a handy collection of invaluable as Noah answers many of the most pressing questions from writers who are navigating the complex publishing world.

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. During his 25 years as a literary agent he has read thousands of manuscripts and represented hundreds of book deals, and in these books he shares his insider's perspective, offers insight and practical tips about what works and what doesn’t.

"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)

Professional & Technical
February 26
Noah Lukeman
Lukeman Literary Management

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