Literary representation will increase your chances with editors, who rely on agents to present manuscripts that are polished and marketable, and that match their interests. Visit our Literary Agents database to find the best agents who represent fiction and creative nonfiction. Note that agents typically do not represent poets. What a Literary Agent Can Do for You As your representative in the literary market, your agent may perform a range of tasks, including offering editorial guidance, establishing contacts for you with editors and publishers, explaining the language of contracts and negotiating contract terms, selling the rights to your work, and helping you find new opportunities for publishing.
Screenwriters Screenwriting Agents Unless you know a bankable director or star, the best person to put your script in the hands of someone who can buy it is an agent. If you don't get paid, she doesn't get paid.
In the book business, someone who represents books is called a "literary agent" whether the books are literary or not. But in show business, a screenwriter's agent is called a "literary agent" and someone who represents books is called a "book agent.
Call development people and producers and tries to get jobs for her clients 2. Call development people and producers and tries to get them to read and buy her clients' spec screenplays. A "spec" screenplay is any screenplay the writer wrote without getting paid by a producer to do it.
You're writing a spec screenplay. Have breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner with industry people and try to do 1 and 2.
Negotiate deals for her clients when they have succeeded at 1 or 2. Go to screenings of movies her clients wrote. Go home and read scripts to see if they, and the writers who wrote them, are worth representing, so she can do more of 1 through 5.
What she is looking for is a well-crafted script with a great hook. If she thinks you've got one, she'll sign you. Here's how it's supposed to work: A good literary agent knows a big chunk of all the people your screenplay should go to. She has built up a reputation with them for sending good material, so that if she tells them your script is really good, they'll read the script quickly.
Once she signs you, she is going to spend a week or two talking up your script to all the development people she knows at the major production companies.
Then on the appointed day, she'll "go out" with it. Go Between, a courier agency, picks up the box and delivers all thirty of the scripts to the various recipients within about three hours. Then she waits for the phone to ring.
Well, actually, she makes about a million other calls for other clients, waiting for the phone to ring on your script. What she hopes is that two production companies will love the script and want to buy it. A bidding war is the only way you get those big paydays you read about in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
If all goes perfectly, within a week she has a buyer or two, and you make a deal. If no one buys your screenplay, your agent will try to get it set up somewhere on an option deal.
I'll explain what that is in a moment. Now she's sending your script out one copy at a time. Depending on how much she believes in you, she may keep you on as a client for six months to two years, hoping she can sell or option your script or get you a writing job, or that you'll write a new and better spec script she can go out with.
In the mean time, she will keep your script in the back of her mind, so whenever a producer or executive mentions that he's looking for something like it "right now we're looking for edgy children's movies," or "I need a thriller that can be shot in Puerto Rico for a price" she can say, "I've got the perfect thing" and send your script.
If you live in LA, or can come to LA for a few weeks, she'll try to set up meetings for you with producers and development people who liked your script but didn't buy it.Literary Agents are available every year at the Permian Basin Writers Workshop. This year three will be available for authors to pitch their ideas.
The first 15 minute pitch is free, but you must prepay for an additional opportunity. Learn more at the registration page.
The Knight Agency is a world-renowned literary agency that has guided countless writers from query letter to published book for over 20 years. Now available: The Poets & Writers Guide to Publicity and Promotion, The Poets & Writers Guide to the Book Deal, The Poets & Writers Guide to Literary Agents, The Poets & Writers Guide to MFA Programs, and The Poets & Writers Guide to Writing Contests.
Screenwriting Agents. Unless you know a bankable director or star, the best person to put your script in the hands of someone who can buy it is an agent. Literary Representation for Screenwriters Click here for a list of Literary Agents and Literary Managers for Film & Television.
But please understand that securing representation for your writing is not as simple as calling up, sending an email or even mailing your script.
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