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Crime author Helen Giltrow explains to Chris High how she secured an agent

You’ve done all the hard work, spent hours poring over your prose and got your manuscript as honed as you think it can be. Now all you have to do is find an agent, so how do you go about it? For Helen Giltrow, author of The Distance (Orion) it was a question of yet more editing and research. ‘I suspect I did what lots of people do. I’d already had a couple of agents get in touch with me, thanks to competition shortlistings. But I’d decided to go for simultaneous submission – aiming to have the book out with three agents at any one time – so I needed a longer list.

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