what is a literary agent

The confidante. The navigator. The connector. The cheerleader. The strategist. The communicator. Otherwise known as: a literary agent.

how to find a literary agent

Literary agents are a crucial part of the publishing process. They help nurture your book idea, they guide you through the process of selling your book, they position your material in front of the right editors, and they are your partner until the very end.

What else does a literary agent do? And how do you make sure you’re attracting the right one? Don’t miss this week’s episode of Bound + Determined where I share an intimate and advice-packed conversation with Wendy Sherman, literary agent, founder of Wendy Sherman Associates and long-time publishing executive.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Wendy for more than 10 years and we’ve seen many projects through together. Grab your pen and journal–you don’t want to miss this episode!


Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • What a literary agent does and does NOT do
  • An agent’s process of reviewing book proposals
  • The thing to avoid doing in your book proposal
  • What most surprises people about the publishing process


Wendy Sherman has done it all. She’s been the literary agent for countless bestselling books and previously has held senior, executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Henry Holt where she was Associate Publisher. During her time at these Big 5 publishing houses she worked in the subsidiary rights, marketing, sales, and editorial. In this episode, you will find out all you need to know about the role of a literary agent as you embark on your publishing journey.



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