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5 Steps To Find A Literary Agent Who Will Sell Your Book

Sarah Koszyk

5 Steps To Find A Literary Agent Who’ll Sell Your Book

You have a great idea for a book. Your passion, heart, and soul are behind this project. Now the big question is, how are you going to get your book published? Luckily, agents know editors and publishers. Publishers generally work directly with agents to find them quality book proposals that will sell. Agents are also well-versed in book contracts and can be a good liaison between the publishing house and the author for drafting and finalizing the contract. A good agent will work hard to get the author a successfully published book.


Here are 5 steps to find a literary agent who’ll sell your book.


  1. 1. Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, founders of The Nutrition Twins and authors of multiple books including The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure, recommend researching online for an agent who specializes in your genre. Look for an agent who seems to have a similar vision to you and who you would want to be a representative of your work.


  1. 2. Show your uniqueness. Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD, author and founder of Whole Body Reboot, advises to show the agent why you are different and what would make the agent want to work with you. Many times, agents look at one’s existing platform to determine the reach and following an author may already have (i.e. TV, radio, magazine work, social media statistics, articles already published, etc). After submitting his first proposal and having 40 rejections, Villacorta took 1 ½ years off before writing his second book proposal to build his platform through traditional and social media.


  1. 3. The Nutrition Twins state, “Ask friends and colleagues who have written a book if they have any recommendations for an agent. They may know an agent who is looking for new talent or know of someone who will be a good fit for your work.” The Nutrition Twins found their agent at the gym they all consistently went to.


  1. 4. Draft a proposal. Villacorta emphasizes, “The proposal is not just a document where you are going to propose your project. The proposal also indicates numbers and statistics on how you are going to sell your work regarding marketing numbers. Make sure to highlight the sales potential of the book. Use the proposal to show the prospective dollar signs to the agent. The proposal is a lot of work and a very important part of the pitch.”


  1. 5. Belief is everything. Both The Nutrition Twins and Villacorta advocate working with an agent who believes in you and your work. Make sure to find someone who really vibes with you, can relate to you, and is interested in your vision. The agent will be your advocate, so having someone who is on the same page is important when moving forward with the editing, marketing, and negotiation process.


Literary agents can be an asset to publishing one’s book. Agents know what sells and how to sell your work. They know the ins and outs of the book business, the royalties, and the industry. Time to go out, network, and build your platform to find your ideal agent today.


For more information on getting published, check out past articles:


– 8 Benefits and Tips for Dietetic Professionals to Successfully Self-Publish your Book
– Top 5 Tips for the Perfect Print Pitch
– Publish Articles to Get Yourself Known

Sarah Koszyk is founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and blog focusing on recipes, family health tips, and videos with kids cooking in the kitchen. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach specializing in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.

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