How To Be Your Own Agent

Many inmates write.  They write novels, plays, screenplays, short stories, etc.  Some want to be published.  Finding an agent is a daunting task for anyone, and especially so for someone in prison.  Here’s a suggestion:  why not act as your own agent?

Here’s how to do it:

In today’s world, commonplace wisdom states that you need a literary agent if you want to be published.  So authors spend lots of time sending out query letters and/or proposals to literary agents.  Sixty percent of agents don’t even read the queries, they just shoot back a standard rejection letter.  Another 38 percent of agents either have a stable of authors that is already full, or they specialize in a genre that is different from what you write.  Which means about two percent of all literary agents might be interested in taking on new authors. 

So what do you do?

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