Format for entries: A single space is used after any punctuation mark. When dividing a long word or URL onto two lines, put hyphen, slash, or period at the end of the line. Do not add a hyphen to a URL that was not originally there. Never begin a new line with a punctuation mark. Double-space all lines in a bibliography entry. Do not indent the first line of a bibliography entry, indent second and subsequent lines 5 spaces, or 1/2″ ( cm) from the left margin. Please see Chapter 11. Guidelines on How to Write a Bibliography for details.
Literary agents only take about one book in a thousand, so before you take this final step we do suggest that you've completed numbers 1 to 9 properly! That said, if your novel is good enough, you will find it easy enough to secure representation. Just follow these steps:
A) Select your target agents. Our sister site, Agent Hunter , has a complete list of UK literary agents and you can filter all the data by genre, agent experience and much more. It's the cheapest and most complete source of its kind.
B) Choose about 8-12 names . You're looking for agents who are keen to take on new writers and who are active in your area. If they happen to represent authors you love, then so much the better.
C) Write a fabulous covering letter . Using this advice and this model letter by way of example.
D) Write a good, clear synopsis . A process that terrifies most writers but which is easier than you might think - as long as you follow these simple rules .
E) Get your stuff out there - and good luck!
We've got much more advice on literary agents here and here . In particular, you might want to check what agents do and whether you need one and our somewhat more complete guide on how to hook one of them .