Definition of literary agent in English:

literary agent


  • A professional agent who acts on behalf of an author in dealing with publishers and others involved in promoting the author's work.

    • ‘The big metropolitan publishers won't look at an author who does not have a literary agent, but a literary agent won't look at an aspiring author who does not have a successful publishing record already.’
    • ‘To my left, a literary agent reads a manuscript.’
    • ‘It's not as if the idea of writing a book wouldn't occur to a person without the prodding of a literary agent.’
    • ‘Because most major publishing houses won't review unagented submissions, literary agents are taste makers with a tremendous, often underestimated, impact upon what books get published.’
    • ‘Around the time my book was published the agent partnered in a new agency - and became my literary agent.’
    • ‘Since the Renaissance of English literature from India in the 1990s, British literary agents have been pouring through the country looking for the next Arundhati Roy, a new Salman Rushdie or V.S. Naipaul.’
    • ‘Indeed, he did not come to his publisher's attention through a manuscript or literary agent or children's-author workshop.’
    • ‘The world is lousy with literary agents; and literary agents only get paid when they make a sale; so they're a competitive and fast-acting group.’
    • ‘Editors and literary agents also frequent such events, as well as other authors and retailers that usually support established writers and aspiring authors.’
    • ‘After she came to New York, she approached a literary agent with a manuscript of two essays and three short stories.’
    • ‘A literary agent who'd read her manuscript of three essays and two short stories encouraged her to expand one of the stories into a novel.’
    • ‘When I retired I intended to go on working in the traditional way, offering my work through a literary agent and being published by mainstream publishers.’
    • ‘After graduation they pursue complementary careers - one as a literary agent and the other as a publisher.’
    • ‘Some years ago, when I worked in publishing, I attended a meeting with a literary agent and a respected young journalist eager to pitch an idea for a new book.’
    • ‘He contacted more than 60 literary agents in the hope one might take him on and promote the novel, but all declined.’
    • ‘They often misunderstand their market and occasionally reject good or even great works but literary agents and editors do prevent a vast quantity of execrable writing from being published.’
    • ‘I was goaded into the attempt by a former American publisher who's become a literary agent in New South Wales.’
    • ‘Commissioning editors, literary agents and creative writing tutors have piles of this stuff lying around - usually no one goes so far as to actually publish it.’
    • ‘First there's the author, then the literary agent, publisher, distributor, bookseller and finally the customer.’
    • ‘However, conversations with literary agents, who are always trying to sniff out what publishers want, turn up a few trends in publishing that may affect our reading in 2004 and beyond.’


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