It’s one of the great mysteries of the publishing process. Will I find an agent to represent my book? How do I even start looking for one? What specifically are literary agents looking for?


I often say that finding a literary agent is like finding a best friend.

You can’t just walk up to anybody and expect to feel the chemistry! A certain measure of synchronicity and good fortune are involved.

Literary Agent

And yet, having an agent represent you is not optional if you want to be published by one of the larger traditional houses.


So what’s a new author to do?

Allow me to help! This week, I’ve made not one but TWO videos to help you understand:

  • What a literary agent does, exactly
  • The step-by-step process for finding one
  • What they look for when they consider representing you
  • Tips and tricks you need to know as you start your search!

Note that the strategy is similar but different depending on what kind of book you’re writing. That’s why you’ll want to choose your own video adventure this week!


Writing FICTION? (a novel, children’s book or short story collection)

>>>this is the video to watch<<<

Literary Agent


Writing NONFICTION? (self-help, spirituality, wellness or memoir) 

>>>this is your video<<<


Literary Agent

While finding an agent is not guaranteed, you’ll be in a much better position if you know the steps to follow. I hope you’ll watch!


Kelly Notaras is the founder of kn literary arts and the author of THE BOOK YOU WERE BORN TO WRITE: Everything You Need to (Finally) Get Your Wisdom Onto the Page and Into the World, published by Hay House. An editor for 20 years, she’s worked at HarperCollins, Penguin, Hyperion and Sounds True. She speaks regularly at the Hay House Writer’s Workshops and offers consultation by appointment. Find out more about how she can help you with your book.