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firstwriter.com's database of literary agents includes details of 672 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 25 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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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.

thebookseller.com – November 8, 2016

The Blake Friedmann Agency has launched the Carole Blake Open Doors Project in memory of the “beloved” agent, who died suddenly in October. 

The programme will encourage candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry. It will offer six days of work shadowing to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel and four nights’ accommodation in London. Applicants from various backgrounds are being encouraged to apply, including those who have not been to college or university (like Blake), those from low income families, those from BAME backgrounds, and those who live outside the London.

courthousenews.com – October 15, 2016

DENVER (CN) — Prize-winning feminist author Karla Jay sued her literary agency this week, claiming it sold rights to two of her novels without telling her, and when she confronted the agent, she "lamely and incredibly responded, 'Maybe someone hacked my computer and got the manuscript.'"

Jay claims that Boulder-based Warner Literary Group not only failed to pay her royalties, but refuses to let her leave her contract. The LLC is the only defendant in the Oct. 11 lawsuit in Boulder County Court. Jay says its principal is Sarah Warner, who is named throughout the complaint, but not as a defendant in the header.

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By J. Paul Dyson
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In last month's article, Avoiding literary agency scams (fwn 44), we identified the warning signs to watch out for in order to avoid bad agents. In this article I'll be reversing the question and providing tips on how to find good agents.

By J. Paul Dyson
firstwriter.com

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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