With the increasingly challenging nature of the publishing industry, becoming a writer may be a welcoming challenge. The overwhelming amount of manuscript submissions may be met by a limited response from publishing houses and agents (approx. one in every 1000 manuscripts are accepted by agencies).
That comprehensive resource for new writers features a complete list of UK agents and everything a writer seemingly needs to know about them: links to past interviews, reviews and information on their client list.
Such an initiative may be significant for two reasons. First, it may make it easier for aspiring writers by simplifying their search for a suitable agent. Second, it may shed light on individual agents, as opposed to colossal and often impersonal agency names. Increased transparency facilitates the flow of information in an otherwise opaque industry.
The platform, along with benefiting aspiring writers, also benefits agents who are looking to elongate their client list. The categorisation of agents by genre, experience and size of literary agency enables them to attract the right clients through a logical search function.
Harry Bingham, founder of Agent Hunter, told The Positive: “we want to be the most comprehensive, most searchable and most useful database on literary agents and publishers in the UK”. He added: “the heart of Agent Hunter is two things: one is a search function that enables you to find the agents that are right for you, and two it gives you really rich data on every agent so you can actually get a sense of who this person is as a human being and as an agent”.
Agent Hunter offers promising resources with an annual fee of GBP 12 and it is also widely accessible.
How might the literary world be impacted by more writers gaining access to a platform?