Get a Literary Agent

Find the right agent for your book and write a query that will get the deal done

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 8-9pm ET, 2 sessions full schedule

One of the questions writers ask most often is “How do I get a literary agent?” Unless you’re a publishing insider or have connections in the business, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this two-week class, literary agent Barbara Clark shows you how to break the cycle: how to do your research, devise your strategy, and execute it with confidence—whether you’re published or unpublished, experienced or a novice, and no matter what genre you write in.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • The four best methods of finding a literary agent
  • How to choose the right agent for your book
  • The protocol and etiquette of seeking literary representation
  • How to stand out among the numerous queries an agent receives each day

By the end of class, you will have:

A list of agents to query, an attention-getting query letter, and a polished supplemental materials in support of your query.

Barbara Clark is an agent and publishing consultant who began her career in book publishing at Doubleday. She went on to hold editorial positions at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Simon and Schuster, and then held executive- and senior-level editorial positions at Viking Studio Books, Rizzoli International Publications, and Stewart, Tabori & Chang. She established her agency in 2008, the year she served as a panelist at the James River Writers Conference in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree in acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program. The Barbara Clark Agency specializes in literary fiction and nonfiction as well as illustrated books. Barbara maintains her office in South Salem, New York, in northern Westchester County. 

  • "As gently but honestly as she could, Barbara Clark taught me that what I thought I knew about finding an agent only skimmed the surface of what's really involved in the process. She gave us real world advice, line by line feedback of our query letters in progress, and valuable resources to continue researching agents on our own. I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to publish a book."

    Molly Winans

  • "Barbara is very supportive, knowledgable and encouraging while also realistic about the challenges we face in trying to find an agent. I really appreciate the detailed and thoughtful feedback she gave on our assignments. I now have a package to send out to agents that's pretty much complete. It feels like a huge boost."

    Polly Brennan