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#1 only014ever

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:08 AM

Are there any agents that represent poets? I have a poetry book and I am searching for an agent to submit a query letter to but I'm can't seem to find an agent that accepts poetry submissions.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 08:12 AM

Look through agentquery.com, the database related to this social community, and do a search. I'm sure there are agents who represent authors who write poetry, but I don't know how many represent poets, per se. It's not a lucrative area in general. For agents to have interest, they need their percentage to actually be worth their time.



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 03:19 PM

Yeah, I don't think I've ever heard of an agent signing an author based on the prospects of selling a chapbook of poetry. The process for publishing poetry is very different, as for the most part it's covered by small presses (that you don't need an agent to submit to).  I recommend choosing a few poems singly and trying to place them in a few reputable magazines. (Avoid reading fees, and make sure the rights are first-run only and they revert to you after publication). When you have a few out, you can use this to garner attention for the collection and send directly to presses and contests like the Yale Award, etc. 



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:59 PM

My friends who've had poetry published have mostly gone through university presses. One won a prize through a university press that included publication, and the book itself was beautiful and very well done. But I know she didn't sell a whole lot of them.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:39 AM

Maybe things have changed but the last time i checked there are no agents who represent poetry books because there's not enough money in it to get the attention of an agent. Poets have to find their own publishers.






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