Definition of literary agent in English:

literary agent

Translate literary agent into Spanish


  • A professional agent who acts on behalf of an author in dealing with publishers and others involved in promoting the author's work.

    ‘First there's the author, then the literary agent, publisher, distributor, bookseller and finally the customer.’
    • ‘The world is lousy with literary agents; and literary agents only get paid when they make a sale; so they're a competitive and fast-acting group.’
    • ‘The big metropolitan publishers won't look at an author who does not have a literary agent, but a literary agent won't look at an aspiring author who does not have a successful publishing record already.’
    • ‘When I retired I intended to go on working in the traditional way, offering my work through a literary agent and being published by mainstream publishers.’
    • ‘Commissioning editors, literary agents and creative writing tutors have piles of this stuff lying around - usually no one goes so far as to actually publish it.’
    • ‘Editors and literary agents also frequent such events, as well as other authors and retailers that usually support established writers and aspiring authors.’
    • ‘However, conversations with literary agents, who are always trying to sniff out what publishers want, turn up a few trends in publishing that may affect our reading in 2004 and beyond.’
    • ‘Indeed, he did not come to his publisher's attention through a manuscript or literary agent or children's-author workshop.’
    • ‘I was goaded into the attempt by a former American publisher who's become a literary agent in New South Wales.’
    • ‘After graduation they pursue complementary careers - one as a literary agent and the other as a publisher.’
    • ‘He contacted more than 60 literary agents in the hope one might take him on and promote the novel, but all declined.’
    • ‘Around the time my book was published the agent partnered in a new agency - and became my literary agent.’
    • ‘Because most major publishing houses won't review unagented submissions, literary agents are taste makers with a tremendous, often underestimated, impact upon what books get published.’
    • ‘Some years ago, when I worked in publishing, I attended a meeting with a literary agent and a respected young journalist eager to pitch an idea for a new book.’
    • ‘To my left, a literary agent reads a manuscript.’
    • ‘After she came to New York, she approached a literary agent with a manuscript of two essays and three short stories.’
    • ‘Since the Renaissance of English literature from India in the 1990s, British literary agents have been pouring through the country looking for the next Arundhati Roy, a new Salman Rushdie or V.S. Naipaul.’
    • ‘They often misunderstand their market and occasionally reject good or even great works but literary agents and editors do prevent a vast quantity of execrable writing from being published.’
    • ‘It's not as if the idea of writing a book wouldn't occur to a person without the prodding of a literary agent.’
    • ‘A literary agent who'd read her manuscript of three essays and two short stories encouraged her to expand one of the stories into a novel.’


literary agent

/ˈlidəˌrerē ˈājənt/ /ˈlɪdəˌrɛri ˈeɪdʒənt/