Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency | London and UK
Once you have found an agent, and before you sign a contract, find out who else the agent represents, what books the agent has sold and to which publishers, what the agent’s percentage (or “cut”) is, and what additional charges will be billed back to you.
A book synopsis is a summary of your book that helps readers understand what your book is about and why they should want to read it. Those are two very different things. Now, here are some tips to help you write a book synopsis for literary agents. If you follow these guidelines, any book agent or book editor will be pleased with your effort (and want to read your book).
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