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How can I find a good agent, and how to attract and engage an agent to help sell my book?

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How can I publish a book?  What are the steps? What is required? How to determine if the book will be a success
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The first step is to find a publisher. The book Writers Market has a list of publishers. Find a publisher that covers what your book is about. If it is a nonfiction book, you'll have to write a proposal. If it's a fiction book, you usually send in the whole manuscript. Some publishers will only work with you if you have an agent. An agent is someone who sells the book to a publisher and works on commission. Good luck.


You should make sure the agent is reputable. Some agents have been scams. An agent only collects if the book is sold; there should be no upfront fees. You can get a list of agents from if you subscribe to their free newsletter. It has always been a good website for me. Good luck.


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