Storytelling is in the very essence of our nature as humans. From the beginning of time, people have tried to make sense of the world through stories—from naming the stars and the deities behind them, to the causes of natural disasters, to the changing of the seasons.
Nowadays, authors—the equally poor modern equivalent of a bard or chronicler—must navigate the seemingly tricky landscape of book publishing in order to get their manuscripts traditionally published. But, fear not! Follow these 11 easy steps to getting a literary agent and you are well on your way to seeing your book on the shelves.
1. Write a book.
Yep, it’s that simple. No big deal. Ignore your family and friends for a few years as you try to teach yourself how to write a story longer than any essay you ever willingly wrote in school. (All-nighters optional.)
2. Edit your manuscript.
Again, steer clear of those pesky loved ones for another few months or years as you tear apart what you once considered to be a masterpiece.
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