Reading Time: 7 minutes How does a literary agency sell its authors? Bestselling agent Andrew Lownie says there are three elements to selling books to publishers: 1) an agency needs to have saleable books in the first place; 2) the proposals need to be the best they can be; and 3) one needs to know the right editors to approach and not give up too easily.
Author Andrew Lownie
Andrew Lownie, the bestselling literary agent in the world according to Publishers Marketplace, was short-listed for The Bookseller UK literary agent of the year in 2014 and 2015. He has run his own agency, the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, since 1988 having previously been a director of Curtis Brown and worked as a bookseller, journalist and publisher. He has served on the committee of EnglishPen and in 1997 founded the Biographers Club, a networking organisation for biographers of which he is now President. He is also the author himself of several books, including Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess.
Reading Time: 2 minutes What can you do to maximise your chances of having your submission read and being taken on by a literary agent? We asked bestselling agent Andrew Lownie of the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency to share his top 7 tips.