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Literary Agents Information

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

How can I find the right literary agent for my book and convince the agent to take me on as a client?

You may not realize how many people are competing with you for the services of good literary agents. Tens of thousands of first-time writers are out there writing books. And all of them will become your competitors.

Top-tier literary agents receive hundreds of queries per week. How can you make sure yours is the one that gets noticed?

Here’s how:

  1. Make sure the book you’ve written has commercial market potential.
  2. Make sure your book proposal and manuscript are so compelling that literary agents can’t turn it down.
  3. Make sure you get your book proposal and manuscript into the hands of the right literary agents.

Step 1: Make sure the book you’ve written has commercial market potential.

      Here’s where my professional manuscript evaluation comes in. If your writing career is worth $285 to you, this is the place to start.

When it comes to top-tier literary agents and major commercial publishers, you’ll have only one chance to make a good first impression. Don’t squander that chance by sending your manuscript to them before it’s ready.

A professional, thorough, honest evaluation of your book is the only way to find out if it’s ready for its debut.

I’ll read your novel or booklength nonfiction manuscript and give you a written appraisal of its marketability. I’ll also give you an assessment of your handling of all the major elements of your book: opening scenes, central conflict, characterization, dialogue, viewpoint, scene development, background events, physical setting, and manuscript mechanics (grammar, punctuation, paragraph structure, etc.).

I’ll also give you an honest appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. If you’re like most unpublished writers, you want to know where you stand. If the chances are slim that you’ll ever write a publishable book, you’d probably rather spend your time doing something else that has more promise. If you have the potential to write publishable books, then some professional guidance can save you years of trial-and-error before you’re able to break into this business.

For my written evaluation, please send an electronic copy of your manuscript via email attachment, diskette, or CD, along with the $285 payment (check, money order, or major credit card), to:

William Greenleaf
Greenleaf Literary Services
6003 Redondo Sierra Vista NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Phone: (505) 796-6895
Fax: (505) 435-9001
Email: william@wgreenleaf.com

I’ll read your manuscript and get my evaluation to you within two weeks.

Step 2: Make sure your book proposal and manuscript are so compelling that literary agents can’t turn it down.

      A marketable idea or concept isn’t enough. In order to be considered marketable by major commercial publishers, your book must also be written in a way that will make it appeal to a large audience of readers. My manuscript evaluation will also include some suggestions about ways to strengthen your manuscript. If I feel that it will benefit from a detailed manuscript critique or other professional help, I’ll tell you exactly what the work will cost and when it will be completed.

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Step 3: Make sure you get your book proposal and manuscript into the hands of the right literary agents.

    I can help with that, too. After I’ve evaluated your manuscript, I’ll give you a list of literary agents who will be right for your book. These will be legitimate, competent, ethical agents who work strictly on commission. They’re respected by major commercial publishers, so when they represent your manuscript, it will also be given the respect it deserves. I’ll give you their names and contact info, and I’ll give you the guidance you’ll need in querying agents.
Sorry . . . I don’t work with books for children, short stories, magazine articles, screenplays, or poetry. I’m a book author and editor, and I prefer manuscripts of at least 30,000 words for adult or young adult readers.
    For my written evaluation, please send an electronic copy of your manuscript via email attachment, diskette, or CD, along with the $285 payment (check, money order, or major credit card), to:

William Greenleaf
Greenleaf Literary Services
6003 Redondo Sierra Vista NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Phone: (505) 796-6895
Email: william@wgreenleaf.com

I’ll read your manuscript and get my evaluation to you within two weeks.

Questions about how my professional manuscript evaluation can help you find the right literary agent for your book? Call me at (505) 796-6895 or click here to send me email.