Episode 19: How to Find a Literary Agent

How to Find a Literary Agent

Are you looking to start the publishing process but aren’t even sure where to begin? You’ve probably started looking into the process a bit and have seen that you need a literary agent. Today, we’re diving into what a literary agent is and why you should have one. 


The writing process can be long and when you are done with your book, you probably just want to go out, get it published, and see it on shelves. Unfortunately, it isn’t that quick or easy. In this episode, we are talking about what a literary agent is, what their job is and is not,  and when and how you should find one. Finding an agent won’t happen overnight but your book is worth the effort and time to find one!


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In this episode we cover:

  • What a literary agent is and why finding one is helpful
  • What their job is and is not when it comes to helping you with your book
  • When in your writing process you should find a literary agent
  • How to find one and how to avoid scams
  • What happens once you submit a query letter to literary agents

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More about The Prologue: helping authors craft a stronger story

Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.


You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book. This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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