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There is no secret handshake

When people ask me for advice about approaching literary agents I find there is always a  continuing theme, a deeply embedded belief: that there exists a secret handshake.

Everyone is convinced there is a great arcane mystery to getting an agent
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Finding a Literary Agent Australian-Style

What’s a literary agent do? Well, hopefully bring your work to the attention of publishers, negotiate contracts for you, negotiate the sale of rights and reprints, etc. They need to have (among other things) a superior knowledge of copyright issues, rights issues and have excellent contacts in the writing and publishing industry. They generally take 10-15% of your earnings –
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