Finding a Literary Agent in the UK is time-consuming, and you Finding a Literary Agent in the UK is time-consuming, and you need to do research to find the one best suited to you and your book.
In the UK, the overwhelming majority of literary agents charge authors 15% of any income earned from UK sales, and 20% of any income earned from overseas sales or from film and TV sales. Most of you reading this will realise this is good value for money. You don’t have to pay your agent any up-front fees, and it is in their best interest for you to sell a lot of books. If they don’t find a publisher to accept your book, or if your book doesn’t sell, they make nothing.
Agents are more switched into what’s happening within the world of publishing than you will ever be. They know the trends. They know which publishers are likely to accept new authors, and if there are several, they will know which one is best. Not only will they know the publishers. They will also know the best person to approach within that publishing company.
Thinking more widely, an agent will have other contacts too. They will know who to approach in other countries, and will want to get your book published in as many territories as possible, and they will know who to approach within the film and television industries.
FINDING THE RIGHT LITERARY AGENT
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