All posts tagged: literary agents

The Literary Gatekeepers

Literary agents play a huge role in shaping what we see in bookstores. Huge. Take a short walk with me and I’ll illustrate. Let’s say you’re asleep one night when you’re woken by a voice calling your name from the darkness. After some investigation, it turns out that the voice belongs to God. I know. Plot twist. It’s the great I AM speed dialling you from Heaven and He orders you to sit down at your computer and start typing. Several days and hundreds of pages later you finally finish and you’re shocked to discover that you’ve been inspired to produce The Bible: The Lost Testament. What do you do next? Well, you’re gonna want to whisk that beauty into the hands of a publisher ASAP because it’ll be the most coveted thing since Harper Lee decided she had a little more to say about mockingbirds. If you approached any of the Big Five (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster) via their fifty million subsidiary imprints, despite holding (literally) God’s Word, they’d …