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firstwriter.com's database of literary agents includes details of 673 English language literary agencies that don't charge reading fees, and haven't received negative assessments in any of the rating services we check. The database is continually updated: there have been 21 listings added or updated in the last month. With over a dozen different ways to narrow your search you can find the right literary agent for your book, fast.

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jobs.thebookseller.com – January 4, 2017

A wonderful opportunity to be a key player in a vibrant literary agency with a reputation for launching the careers of debut writers on a global level. 

Madeleine Milburn Ltd is looking for a highly organised, proactive and dynamic Rights Agent to join the agency's Mayfair office.  The successful applicant will be an avid reader, have excellent attention to detail, strong pitching skills and a willingness to get involved with everything at this boutique yet highly successful, expanding agency.

thebookseller.com – December 31, 2016

Shocked book trade friends and colleagues have joined in paying tribute to literary agent David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge and White, who died earlier today (Friday 30th December) aged 50.

In a statement, RCW chair Gill Coleridge and m.d. Peter Straus announced: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague, David Miller, who died in hospital in London on Friday morning, 30th December.  David suffered a major heart attack on Christmas Eve and never regained consciousness. He died peacefully in the company of friends.

sfgate.com – December 28, 2016

Rob Carlson, a motion picture literary agent whose clients include Hasbro, Michael Bay and Jon M. Chu, has joined UTA, the agency announced in a Tuesday statement.

Carlson, who reps some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, comes from WME, where he began his career in the mailroom and worked for 25 years. He spent eight years as a TV packaging agent before transitioning into movies.

thebookseller.com – November 29, 2016

Doris Lessing’s literary agent Jonathan Clowes has died aged 86.

He died at his home in France this morning (Friday 18th November).

His agency, Jonathan Clowes Limited, issued a statement saying: “It's with great sadness that we announce the death of Jonathan Clowes. Jonathan was a unique man who led a varied life - first as conscientious objector, then active communist and thereafter as a trailblazing and extraordinarily successful agent to writers such as Len Deighton and Doris Lessing. We will continue to embrace his renegade, and quietly commanding, spirit in all we do.”

He leaves a widow Ann Evans, director of the agency, who he had been married to since 1981.

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By J. Paul Dyson
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For as long as there have been writers eager to get published, there have been con artists ready to prey upon them for a quick buck. Nowadays, the internet is rife with phony literary agencies offering writers false hope in return for a small (or not-so-small) sum of money. In this article I'll look at some of the ways you can spot a dodgy agency, and avoid your time, money, and aspirations being abused. While none of the points below guarantee by themselves that an agency is dubious, together they can make a compelling case, and they should all make you tread a little more cautiously.

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