Have you got a book in you? Tips from a literary agent

They say that everyone has a book and it’s no secret that I would love to write a book but I hear so many soul destroying stories of writers who spend days, months and years trying to find an agent to get it published and sometimes they fail and lose hope.

With that in mind sometimes the entire process is off putting from the start, after all why go to all that trouble and effort if it’s not going to get anywhere?

But the phenomenon of self publishing has rekindled the desire and when I got the chance to speak to a literary agent from LBA Literary Agency the other day I was immensly inspired and excited to hear that publishers are on the lookout for new writers in fiction and non fiction.

Here Amanda Preston gives some excellent tips on how to prepare yourself for a first approach to an agent and also some insider advice on how to go about it. So if you have a dream of being published one day, take a look a this hangout and sharpen your pencil. That dream really could come true.

Amanda will be at BritMums Live, where LBA will be speaking on our publishing panel and hosting 10-minute pitch sessions for bloggers interested in getting feedback on their book project. Don’t miss out ;)


  1. March 22, 2013 / 10:51 AM

    I watched that hangout yesterday an found it really interesting. I’d love to write a book too. Maybe one day. Good Luck with yours Mari, it sounds like it will be a great book x

    • Mari
      March 27, 2013 / 3:18 PM

      It’s getting started – that’s the problem and finding time to carry on, the ideas are all there swimming around. I just need to get organised. Great tips and best of luck to you too, knowing what I’m like you’ll be out and published before I’ve even put pen to paper xx

  2. March 22, 2013 / 10:14 PM

    Missed that hangout, sounds really really interesting. Will keep an eye out for her at BritMums! :)

    • Mari
      March 27, 2013 / 3:19 PM

      You must, especially if you have a good book idea. Hope you’re having fun in the sun x

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