How to find a literary agent

This post tells you exactly how to use Agent Hunter and suggests some strategies for how best to use it.

Register and subscribe to build your agent list

Just go to www.agenthunter.co.uk. Once there, follow the instructions to register and subscribe. Subscriptions cost £12 a year and if you cancel within 7 days, we don’t charge you a penny. If you want a free subscription, we’ve got a few to give away – so please check out the info at the bottom of this post.

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How to filter for agents

Once upon a time, finding a literary agent was haphazard. Yes, you could get a list of names and addresses, but how to find the agent appropriate to you and your project?

Agent Hunter helps you filter not just by genre, or name of agent but by experience, hunger for clients, authors represented, and much more besides.

Every time you adjust the settings in the search boxes, you’ll get an instant update of all the agents who meet the criteria you’ve set. If there are too many agents on the list, you can narrow your search. Too few and you can expand it.

It’s not just literary agents you can search in this way. We’ve also got search tools for every literary agency in the UK, and search tools for every significant publisher, too. So if you decide your project is more suited to direct submission to publishers, you can generate a list of the kind of publishers appropriate to you and your work.

Nothing like this has ever existed in the UK before and, although there have been comparable tools developed for the US, we’re pretty sure we offer more functionality than most.

Researching your agents

Iit’s not enough to get a list of agents. You want useful information about that agent as well as links to key info from around the web. So we’ve created that.

We offer short bios of every agent. We’ve sourced photos, contact info, client list status, total number of clients as well as a list of those clients themselves, information about authors and books liked by the agent, advice to writers, key links, Twitter handles, and more besides.

We’ve had a positive response from agents across the board: this is something they want as much as you. It means they can make sure their slushpile contains more of what they want, less of what they don’t.

Similar details are available on agencies and publishers.

Free subscriptions

Truth is, if you have a book ready to send out to agents, an investment of £12 in Agent Hunter isn’t much of an ask.

Still, we decided that we would make available a total of fifty free subscriptions to anyone willing to review Agent Hunter on their blog or website. Just register as a new user, then contact us with (a) the email address you used to register and (b) the blog or website where your review will appear. That review will need to contain a link to Agent Hunter so people know what you’re talking about.

We’ll then arrange for you to have a free one year’s subscription to Agent Hunter, but we do ask that your review appears within two weeks or our Subscription Robots might get tetchy. (They’re based on early Dalek technology.)

Happy hunting!

The agent submissions builder

Write a perfect query letter and a brilliant synopsis. In just one hour.