Susan Mary Malone Advises Newer Authors On How to Find a Literary Agent

DALLAS, TX: Susan Mary Malone, ( a developmental editor and award-winning book author, has released an article penned to give up-and-coming authors an insight into how to go about finding the right literary agent. Addressing the issue from both the side of the author and agent, she summarizes some of the important points to keep in mind when looking for a literary agent for a book manuscript. Malone is a multiple award-winning author and with her book editing services she has helped over 40 clients get their books published through traditional publishers.

In the article, Susan Mary Malone states: ?The old saying goes in this business that it?s tougher to get a good literary agent than to make a sale to a publisher. And in reality, that?s pretty much the case. But it makes sense, doesn?t it? These folks aren?t in the business for grins. Agents are the front line in vetting a manuscript. They wade through piles and piles of often terrible stuff (how many writers think their manuscripts are perfect and need no editing/critique?) to find a gem or two buried in the muck. And even then, that gem almost always needs work. The manuscript that is completely ready to go is that proverbial one in a million. So, how can you find a good agent??

The full text of the article can be seen here:

Ms. Malone stated: ?I highly recommend that anyone with a manuscript in hand who is looking to publish, should read the article. Just because you can write does not mean you know the ins and outs of the publishing industry, and finding the right agent to pitch your manuscript is a vital one. I hope it helps authors in their never-ending quest to publish the next great American novel.?

Susan Mary Malone has worked as a freelance editor since 1993, with a BS in Political Science and minors in English and Journalism. Her client list includes NY Times Bestsellers, Essence Bestsellers and books featured in Publishers Weekly. She is also an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction herself. She participates as a speaker in literary conferences such as the Harriett Austin Writer’s Conference (at the University of Georgia), the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference, the SouthWest Writer’s Conference, the East Texas Writer?s Guild, and the upcoming Lexicon Conference among others. Her full biography and featured list of published authors can be viewed at

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