Authors who benefit from agent/publisher research services usually have submission materials (such as a query letter, book proposal, and/or book synopsis) prepared or at least in draft form. Once we turn the list of 20 agents and/or publishers over to you, it is your responsibility to submit your materials and continue the process of finding an agent or publisher. Although we will point out any obvious errors or issues we find in your submission materials, we do not provide opinions or assurances about the viability of book projects and there is no guarantee that anyone on the list will accept your proposed book project. Please check out Jane Friedman's consulting services & courses (here) and her list of trusted resources (here) for help with these other issues.
Please note: Once you purchase a package we will be in touch within two business days to inform you who will be working with you and when to expect your completed list. We try to keep the turnaround for an agent/publisher research job to about two weeks from purchase of a package, however, this will ultimately depend on the client load and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Here's an example of an agent research report. This is an abridged version. In a full version, 20 agents would be listed. You can see both parts of this report by clicking on their respective buttons below:
What we do not do:
- offer opinions about book project ideas
- write or critique submission materials
- guarantee that anyone on the list will accept your book proposal
What we can do:
- targeted research in industry databases to find you the agents or publishers that fit your specific book project
- provide a list of 20 agents and/or publishers to whom it makes sense for you to submit your work for consideration
- offer tips on projects being sought by agents and editors in real time (if applicable to your project)
- provide the requirements of submission for each agent or publisher
- red flag any major issues we see with your submission materials
- ready materials for submission
What we will need from you:
- we will need to know if you are looking for an agent or a publisher:
- If you want to publish with one of the traditional New York publishers, you will need an agent.
- If you are not looking to publish with one of the traditional New York publishers, we will research smaller publishers and their editors.
- Not sure? Then we will start with agents (agents do not like being approached by authors when the work has been shopped elsewhere first).
- completed drafts of your submission materials (such as a cover/query letter, book proposal, and/or synopsis)
- a short abstract of your work, the genre/category of your work, and 10 keywords that characterize your work
Agent/Publisher Research Packages
Basic Agent/Publisher Research Package ($179)
- Personalized research to pinpoint the best literary agents or editors for your work
- A list of 20 literary agents or publishers with all the necessary contact information and guidelines for submission
Click-to-Submit Agent/Publisher Research & Formatting Package ($199)
- everything in the Basic Agent/Publisher Research package
- formatting of submission materials, including drafting of emails for electronic submissions for 2 agents or publishers
- an additional charge of $30/submission can be added to format materials for additional agents
Disclaimer: We do not/cannot: a) offer opinions about book project ideas; b) write or critique submission materials; or c) guarantee that anyone on the list we provide will accept your book proposal.
We will be in touch within 2 business days to inform you who will be working with you and when to expect your completed list.
We try to keep the turnaround for an agent/publisher research job to about 2 weeks from purchase of a package, however, this will ultimately depend on the client load and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Agent & Publisher Research Testimonials
Being new to fiction writing, I learned that the challenge of the writing itself is one thing, but understanding and navigating the business of writing as it relates to agents and publishers is quite another. Queries, synopses, submission requirements, these constitute the arcane world of the publishing business. My discovery of Kelly Figueroa-Ray was a godsend and probably kept me from making some huge mistakes. Kelly is patient and kind, but most of all professional. She provided me with detailed information as she had promised that was both comprehensible and useful. In addition, she was always on time and followed up on any questions that I had.
Praise for our work...
Kelly was indispensable in her organization and attention to detail with my book project for the University of Chicago. She had a large amount of material to review and manage, lots of sources to research and cite, and was able to tackle it all while needing very little guidance from me. Beyond that, she also compiled chapter abstracts and keywords, and went back through my work multiple times as changes were made. She was invaluable.
Christopher was exactly what I was looking for. He is a great biblical scholar of historical criticism who held my writing feet to the fire. The biggest surprise is how good he is as a straight-up editor. It's ironic that I like his red pen more than a few "professional" editors I've worked with. Perhaps all editors should be put through the mandatory rigor of grading students' papers for a few years, as well as writing their own papers for tough professors.