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"Noah Lukeman, one of the top literary agents in New York, gave writers a great gift."
--James Frey (regarding The Plot Thickens)

"This will certainly help writers of any kind defeat rejection and possibly score."
--Writers.com (regarding The First Five Pages)

Many books have been written about how to get published. But few have been written by literary agents, who recei
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Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published (first published July 11th 2008)
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Suzanne
I'm muddling through revisions now, hoping to query agents in the next six to eight months. There's a lot of great info in here about how to prepare for querying, what to expect when you sign with an agency, and the likely time frame for seeing your books on the shelves if your agent sells your work. My book is fiction, but there's also great info in here on querying nonfiction and memoirs, too, since those tend to be handled differently. (I had no idea!)

There were a few things that seemed dated
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Laura Weller
I enjoy this agent's work on the inductry and the was helpful to understand the industry from the agent's perspective. Kind of a "What to Expect If You're Expecting" view on writer-to-agent relationships, the publishing timeline, and everything in between. Highly recommend.
Christine
Great book full of information that will help beginning writers know what to expect and what they can do to be successful writers. Also includes bonus material: How to Write a Great Query Letter (Lukeman's free eBook instructional guide.)
Phyllis Shearer
A truly helpful and common sense guide to the do's and don'ts of this tricky business of landing a literary agent. Noah Lukeman knows his stuff and conveys his information well.
Sarah Weathersby
Very informative. I got to 60% complete, and the book went to "How to Write a Great Query Letter," which I've already read.
Margit Sage
A free book with some good tips on how to prepare for a query and what to expect once you get an agent (including timelines).
Darren Sapp
Lukeman offers a valuable rescource for emerging writers, based on a wealth of experience.
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A well-composed, valuable resource. It's awesome that is was free. Thanks, Noah!
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