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How to Get a Literary Agent

Query smarter, not harder, to find the right agent for you.

I only queried for two weeks before I received multiple offers of representation and signed with my agent. But wait, before you hate me, you need to know that those whirlwind two weeks came after a full year of querying a previous version of The Book, which received a literal hundred rejections and one revise-and-resubmit request. Those revisions took me a year to complete and ultimately still resulted in a rejection and subsequent trunking of said Book for another year before I decided that I wasn’t done with it. I pulled it out, revised it with fresh eyes, queried again, and signed two weeks later.



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Lisa Bubert is a writer of the surreal with a hint of Texas twang. Her fiction, essays, and journalism have been published in numerous publications, including Longreads, The Rumpus, Northwest Review, Texas Monthly, and many others. Her work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize. She is represented by Kerry D’Agostino of Curtis Brown, Ltd.