My supervisor strongly believes that parts of my M.A. thesis in music have the potential to be a commercially viable (i.e., non-academic) book. I’m inclined to agree, and getting my name in print would certainly fulfill a life long dream.
Now, a bunch of those writers magazines you see at the Chapters/Borders (which I’ve never much trusted) seem to have ads for people desperate to be my literary agent. I can’t imagine any legitimate agent soliciting himself like this.
The question I then have, particularly for anyone here who has published a book: Did you/would you use a literary agent? What does he or she do? And finally, how do you go about finding one that is a good fit for you?
I have a few of those old “Writer’s Guide” tomes, and flipping through those, I find examples of cover letters to publishers, and how to get a hold of them, etc. etc., but I can imagine the project quickly getting out of hand if I don’t have someone helping me with the task. I’d appreciate any advice or anecdotes on the matter!