Monday, 9 February 2009

Andrew Lownie, Literary Agent

If you’re keen to discover exactly what a literary agent does, take a look at Andrew Lownie’s website.

He’s a fabulous agent and has written several very candid articles about his work, in which he discusses his reasons for rejecting submissions, details his daily routines, and reveals his submissions statistics. It’s funny as well as informative: I laughed out loud as I read his descriptions of his slush pile. He regularly invites other publishing professionals to contribute (although quite what he was thinking of when he requested this piece I cannot imagine); and if you subscribe to his newsletter you don’t even have to visit his website to read all of this wondrous information as he’ll send it straight to your inbox.

Just remember to come back here when you’re done with him, because I do want you back.

11 comments:

Richie D said...

Thanks, Jane. It's hard to imagine a top literary agent popping down to the Post Office to send out stuff! I've read that King Arthur book he mentions (it's on Authonomy) and it's a cracking read. "Commanding Youth" is the title.

Shakespeare's Housekeeper said...

Jane, so glad you've flagged up Andrew and your very informative piece.
Richie- thanks for mentioning 'Commanding Youth'.
A good read indeed- but i'm biased!
SHxx

Richie D said...

Shakesperare's Housekeeper: You're more than welcome. I'm going to buy a copy as soon as it's published. In fact, I can't wait for his next one--about Shakespeare. A-ha, but you knew that already!

Richie D said...

Ok. There's absolutely no need for me to feel embarrassed about misspelling Shakespeare in the above post. He did it himself, you know!

Jane Smith said...

Richie, I assumed at first that you were discussing William's Italian cousin--but now you've 'fessed up I don't think you need worry: it's not like he's going to come after you for your mistake.

(Not like me.)

behlerblog said...

Good on ya, Jane - great article. The background of your lovely photo looks a tad warmer than your current photo on your blog.

Jane Smith said...

Thank you, Lynn. The coat's better, too!

Samantha Tonge said...

Thanks for flagging up his site, Jane. I'm going to have another look at it next time i'm procrastinating...:)

Sam

Jane Smith said...

But Sam, I thought you were like me and spent all your time WRITING!

(As I wrote that, the sound of hollow laughter echoed around the moors.)

Derek said...
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Derek said...

Sorry, it wouldn't let me edit my post, so I have to start again. I meant to say:

Another good agent blog is Chip McGregor:

http://www.macgregorliterary.com