Series: How to catch the eye of a literary agent

writersdigest-october13The current issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine focuses on agents and includes articles that get you excited about your writing dreams. In fact, every WD issue has that effect on me, as I’m sure it does for millions of other writers. If you don’t have this magazine in your writer’s toolbox, then you are missing out on a great resource.

In this issue, the article that is most helpful to me is “Your Future Agent’s Wish List: How to Be On It.”

(Click here to learn about the literary agent.)

New writers like you and me may still be working to complete a polished manuscript. But should we wait to learn about the ins and outs of the book business until after we spark interest in our work? Not according to the publishing experts.

You want to be knowledgeable and active now.

This helpful Writer’s Digest article lists five areas that agents focus on when it comes to their taking interest in a writer. If you focus on them, too, then you’ll have a head start on hundreds of other writers who will also be pitching their work to the same agent.

You’ll be the one who is well prepared. And, according to this article, that can make you the one writer who catches the agent’s eye.

I want to be that writer. Don’t you?

Kimiko Nakamura is an agent with Dee Mura Literary and she wrote the article for Writer’s Digest. She gives us five areas of focus:

  1. Your Platform
  2. Your Query
  3. Your Manuscript
  4. Handling Rejections and Resubmissions
  5. Sealing the Deal

Giving these areas your attention and care can help you be the diamond that shines and gets pulled out of the slush pile.

I’m going to dig deeper into these five areas and share with you what I learn over the next few months — one area at a time.

How do literary agents determine which writers are ready for representation? Nakamura says they’re the writers who handle these areas like professionals — and, of course, they’re accompanied by a great piece of writing.

Great writing + Professionalism = Agent’s Interest

Are you ready to get ready? Then stay tuned — the series begins soon!


10 thoughts on “Series: How to catch the eye of a literary agent

  1. love the inside you always give 🙂 I been reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon I have to admit the beginning is stretching a bit but when you get to 3 chapter its gets good 😀 ….
    thank you for all the inside about the writers and publishing world 😀



    1. Thank you, Nicki! Having a blog like this is helping me learn so much about the writing life, and I’m glad it’s helpful to others, too. It’s interesting to read that the Outlander series started as an accident when Gabaldon decided to write a novel for practice. Love that — practice!


  2. Hi Darla
    I subscribed to this magazine and I am enjoying learning more about writing and publishing. Thank you for recommending it. I have also searched out the other sites you recommended and I am pleased with what I am finding. I would like to add another thank you for your encouragement! Patty


  3. I’m still in Georgia, borrowing my cousin’s computer. As usual, Darla, you set up a great writing post. I do have that copy of WRITER’S DIGEST, but it’s back in Colorado waiting to be read. Thanks for the reminder that I need to find some time and get caught up on my reading!


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