If there’s one question that we’ll never tire of answering, it’s this one: How do I get a literary agent? There are as many answers as there are writers who’ve managed to land one, and writer Marc Gaffen’s response to the question was yet another method that we hadn’t heard before. He has two specific approaches that he’s seen work for his writing friends, and below, he’s sharing the secrets with you!
To preface, there’s no “easy button” to get an agent. If you want one and are ready to get one, we’re going to assume that you’ve already put in a significant amount of work to get your writing portfolio in an awesome place. Otherwise, the advice Marc gives won’t work for you.
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And don’t get it twisted: Marc is not suggesting that either of these approaches will be simple. But, they’re two new approaches to try if what you’ve been doing so far is not working.
Marc wrote a few episodes of television himself, has a graphic novel to his name and another on the way, and works full-time as a script coordinator on top shows such as “New Amsterdam” and “Mare of Easttown.” He’s been part of the entertainment industry since he moved out to L.A. (knowing no one) in the early 2000s. He’s seen and tested several strategies for getting an agent. Below, you’ll find two that he’s seen work that both require you to get a specific type of job first.
1. Get a Job in the Writers’ Office on a TV Show
2. Get a Job at an Agency
So, there you have it – two new strategies to try to find writing representation! As I mentioned, there are endless ways writers can land a literary agent, and we’ve written about many of those options. Continue reading the blogs listed below to find what works best for you:
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