Literary agents are known for being ruthless, often demanding hefty fees and negotiating contracts that often leave the client unhappy.
But for the better part of a century, they also served as gatekeepers to the world of publishing, with their work helping to shape the world bookshelves, which still dominate our culture.
Today, there are more than 500,000 such agents in the U.S., according to the National Alliance for the Arts and Writers, which counts the agents that work for them.
The list of the 10 best literary agents is curated by Sarah Tait, who co-founded the magazine in 2001 and has written about them for nearly a decade.
In her new book, The Literary Agents of 2017, she describes how to become one.
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