Test Your Literary Agent IQ

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Test Your Literary Agent IQ

Dealing with literary agents can be tricky.   How well do you understand the finer points of how they operate? (Answers & explanations given at end)


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    If you feel strongly about a particular agent who posts that he or she is not presently taking new clients, you should go ahead and query that agent anyway.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Some agents who charge reading fees are considered legitimate. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    To maximize your response from agents, you should tell everything you possibly can about your book in your query letter.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    If you sign a representation agreement with a literary agent, that agent must represent any and all subsequent books you write.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    In the USA, to legally advertise their services as a "literary agent," agencies must be a member of the Association of Artist's Representatives (AAR)
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    One of the most common reasons first novels are passed over by agents is that the story takes too long to get started.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    It is perfectly ethical to query more than one agent at a time about the same book.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    If you want to see your unpublished novel made into a movie, you should query Hollywood studios and producers directly.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Depending upon your circumstances, it may be appropriate for you to seek a literary agent in a country other than the one in which you presently live.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Most agents devote a great deal of time editing their clients’ books.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    It is against the AAR’s Canon of Ethics for any member agency to charge a reading fee.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Except for using their established publishing industry contacts to submit manuscripts to editors, agents provide no other tangible services to authors to justify the commissions they earn.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False