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Agents reveal the do's and don'ts of getting your book in the hands of a Big Six publisher
By Andrea Williams -
November 14, 2013
Self-publishing success stories aside, there are still plenty of writers with their sights set on the Big Six and scoring a traditional deal with a major publishing house. And you know the drill: If a traditionally published book is what you want, then a literary agent is what you need.
Assuming you've done your homework and already learned the components of a book proposal and how to write an effective query, we've decided to drill a little deeper to discover other, lesser-known factors that agents consider before signing an author. And as a bonus, we've eliminated all speculation and hearsay and talked directly to agents about what works and what doesn't.
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