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How to win an agent’s heart

Amy Sparkes quizzes top literary agents to give you the best advice on getting representation for your children’s book

You’ve finished your children’s lH>ok but how do you give your submission the best chance of being taken on by an agenr? We’ve asked some leading agents who specialise iu children’s writing lor their best advice ior new authors wanting ro attract their attention in the right way and tor die best reasons,

Philippa Miines-Smith, LAW Agency

What’s the best advice for an author seeking an agent?

Research well (there arc many resources online but [lie Writers” tfi Artists’ Yearbook stilt remains a really thorough resource). Consider carefully- Then when you feel it is right, commit fully when someone offers to take you on. It should be about a successful partnership, Don’t approach agents too early when you Lire really just exploring your own potential.

Be a bit careful about relying solely on an agent’s or agency’s online sell, Try to check them out a bit Jurther. You can also dletk whether they ate a member of the Authors Agents Association, the official trade group for literary agents.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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