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    Classification: Nonfiction
    Page Count: 128
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      No matter what you’re writing—fiction or nonfiction, books for adults or children—securing a literary agent will help you get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. With listing information for more than 1,000 agents who represent writers and their books, Guide to Literary Agents 2018 will be your go-to resource.


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