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Hello:
Is there a way to find out which agents have made the best deals for beginning writers? Or the deals that an agent has made? Are there possibly any listings?

Thanks

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Dear Demetrius:

From your mouth to God's ear we should be able to learn about deals agents have made.  Alas it is the most closely guarded topic of all.  The best you can do is find out if an agent will even consider reading a query from a beginning writer.

There is a book available, several actually, that list agents.  My apologies but I didn't take the time to go to Amazon.com to look them up.  Wanted to get right to answering your question.  Just search for literary agents and Amazon will bring up a list.  Writer's Market is good.  Another good one is Literary Agents, I believe by agent John Herman but don't quote me on that!  There's also a very helpful site I found recently called authorlink.com.  I've picked a couple of agents out of their lists I'm going to try myself.

All you can do is read the listings.  They will often list the authors they represent with book titles.  You can track those down at the bookstore or searching the web if you aren't familiar with the author names.  I weed out any agency that's been in business for less than five years.  I want to know they're going the distance but with only five years in they're still a little hungry.

Finally, a web search on literary agents will bring you a ton of options.  Start high.

Good luck, Demetrius.  Let me know how you make out.  If I can ever help again I'm right here at experts.

Liz Aleshire
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What is a book proposal and why do I need one? Do I need a book proposal for both nonfiction and fiction books? How do I write a book proposal? What are the required components of a book proposal? What is an overview? What is a synopsis? How do I find out what other books are available on my topic so I can make my book different? How do I pitch to an agent/publisher? What's a query letter? What's a 30-second commercial?

Experience

I am the author of four nonfiction books: Private Lives of Ministers' Wives (with Rev. Sherry Taylor,New Horizon Press, New Jersey, 1991)and currently working on a second edition; Bugs: Stingers, Suckers, Sweeties, Swingers (a FRanklin Watts Frist Book, Chicago, 1993); The Confident Collector Identification and Price Guid to Quilts (with Kathleen Barach, Avon Books, NY, 1992); and, Official Price Guide to Quilts 2nd edition(with Kathleen Barach, Random House, NY, 2003.) I've taught How to Write the Book Proposal for the past ten years at the week long International Women's Writing Guild annual summer conference, and, at the Manchester Community College Continuing Education program. I've taught in many local continuing education programs in central Connecticut. Five authors have sold books using my methods for writing the book proposal. I have spoken at the Big Apple Conference, an IWWG event held in NYC; both Connecticut chapters of the Romance Writer's of America other writing conferences

Organizations
Internation Women's Writing Guild, past associate member American Society of Journalists and Authors

Publications
Books for New Horizon Press. NJ; Franklin Watts (Now Scolastic)Danbury, CT; Avon Books, NYC; and, Random House, NYC

Education/Credentials
B.A in Economics from the University of Connecticut

Past/Present clients
Carren Strock, author Married Women Who Love Women; Doris Larson, travel writer, Ohio; MaryLou Streznewsi author Gifted Grownups.

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