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euclid
03-07-2010, 07:24 PM
I spent the weekend going through all the UK and Irish literary agencies listed in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook website www.writersandartists.co.uk/ (http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/)

There are 178 firms listed. Of these I found:

4 duplicated entries
5 that operate in association with a larger agency
6 that offer “consultancy services” and/or charge fees,
17 that are interested in theatre, film or TV scripts only,
15 that deal in non-fiction only,
14 that are not accepting any new authors,
6 that are only interested in books for children,
1 that deals in translation rights only,
1 that specialises exclusively in SF/F,
1 that won’t accept submissions from overseas,
1 that accepts submissions “by arrangement only”,
1 accessible only via online forum,
1 that is inactive (defunct?),
57 with no web site or site “under construction”.
2 whose domain name has lapsed/expired
2 that seem to be for actors / entertainers

That leaves 44.

I rejected the unwebsited agencies. Without a web site, how are they going to promote my masterpiece?

Some of the web sites are very sophisticated, and some are so elaborate that they are difficult to navigate. Others are simple, straightforward. Many try to discourage submissions (which is understandable). A number of the sites are out of date. I mean, what’s the point of providing a “News” page that, when you click on it, announces someone’s new book to be published on April 1, 2006?

I think it’s unreasonable for agencies to demand or expect exclusive submissions. Some who take this stance go on to say that their turnaround time could be 6 to 8 weeks! Life’s too short.

Terie
03-07-2010, 08:04 PM
I rejected the unwebsited agencies. Without a web site, how are they going to promote my masterpiece?

Agents don't promote your masterpiece. They submit manuscripts to editors and negotiate deals, and a website isn't necessary to do that.

Many top agents don't have websites. One that springs immediately to mind is Ralph Vicinanza. (He's a US agent, but it makes my point.)

IOW, using that criteria as one of your 'cuts' might well be cutting off some of the best agents.

scarletpeaches
03-07-2010, 08:07 PM
Agents don't require exclusivity anyway, at least on first contact.

But it's true, there aren't as many UK agents as one might think.

euclid
03-07-2010, 08:54 PM
Agents don't promote your masterpiece. They submit manuscripts to editors and negotiate deals, and a website isn't necessary to do that.

Many top agents don't have websites. One that springs immediately to mind is Ralph Vicinanza. (He's a US agent, but it makes my point.)

IOW, using that criteria as one of your 'cuts' might well be cutting off some of the best agents.

Good point. I'll start with the ones with web sites. I can always try the rest if I have to.


Agents don't require exclusivity anyway, at least on first contact.

Some of them do.

scarletpeaches
03-07-2010, 09:01 PM
I've never found one that did, from the W&A Yearbook. Maybe we're subbing to different agents though.

But for a query or partial? They've got no right to ask for exclusivity.

shaldna
03-09-2010, 03:32 PM
I think there are like 6 agencies in Ireland.

euclid
03-09-2010, 09:27 PM
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