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Listings of Agents and other Representation

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W XYZ


These listings are organized close to how businesses are listed in a telephone directory or how books are often listed in libraries. In other words, we don't alphabetize by A, An, or The to mention a few articles that are often excluded from such systems of organization as those would put many of the listings in the A's and T's.

Similarly, when businesses bear the name of a person, they're more often filed by the first name first as businesses do not have last names. Thus, The Alphread E. Beta Literary Agency would be filed under A as Alphread E. Beta Literary Agency, The because Alphread begins with an A and not because of the word Agency. Otherwise, the previous problem encountered with articles would be encountered in a similar form, again.

Even though individual agents should be listed by last name first, P&E lists them in the same manner as businesses so that the listings will be uniform. This should also prove helpful to writers seeking search engine matches. Also, some agents later establish their own agencies named after themselves, so listing them in this manner will help us spot and eliminate multiple entries that might contain out-of-date information. To repeat, agents are listed alphabetically by first name or initial.

Literary attorneys are listed with agents because many are also agents. P&E attempts to clearly mark those who practice law only.

Additionally, P&E lists a number of agents and agencies without any contact information. This happens because P&E has obtained information, such as problems or sales, that writers will want to know about should they encounter those listings elsewhere. P&E hopes that its visitors will remember we still need more information and will advise us of what they find so we can provide a more complete description.

Book packagers are also now listed with agents because that appears to be the closest match since book packagers do some work in the manner of an agent, but are more highly specialized.


Additional Resources

Literary Rejections maintains a list of agents (as well as inspirational stories). QueryTracker is a site listing agents along with a query tracking system and other features.


Suggested Etiquette for Contacting Agents:
  1. Do not send attached files containing manuscripts to agents unless the agent's guidelines expressly state that those are acceptable within initial correspondence.
  2. Email messages should be kept to a length of one or two pages unless explicitly invited to send a manuscript or sample chapters.
  3. Authors should advise an agent where the agent was found listed.
  4. Do not send synopses to screenplay agents or movie production companies.


P&E's Rating Criteria

Ratings criteria for all sections of P&E are listed on the P&E's Rating Criteria page.


Has the agent/agency you're interested in taken the P&E Challenge?

You ask, "What's that?"

Answered simply, is the agent or agency listed in Preditors & Editors? Some agents and agencies don't want to be listed with P&E, even though it's free, because P&E dares to give negative recommendations.

If you're unsure of an agent or agency you've found that's not listed here, ask the agent or agency to accept the challenge by sending P&E an email containing the agent/agency's address (either mailing or web URL), what categories they prefer to represent, whether they charge any reading fees, and how many books they've placed with publishers. It would be helpful if they also furnished a few recent titles and the publishers' names for manuscripts they sold for verification purposes. The agent/agency is more than welcome to include a short description of their services to be posted beside their entry.


How An Agent Works

Many writers believe they need an agent to sell their book manuscript. Nothing could be farther from the truth. However, for those who want an agent, it makes sense to know something about how it works.

Return to top to see A-Z listings of agents.

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