Here are some tips on how new writers should approach agents:
Anyone seeking an agent should first write or telephone the agency and find out whether your type of material matches the agency’s expertise. Each agency specializes in representing certain types of material. Some agencies have specialized divisions. You should briefly detail your background and describe your material. The agency will let you know whether or not it is interested and to whom it should be sent.
Most agencies, as a courtesy to writers, will return material sent to them if a self-addressed stamped envelope accompanies the submission. However, if your submission is not returned for any reason, you should know that the agency has no obligation to do so. This is one of the reasons we strongly recommend that you register your script before sending it to anyone.
PLEASE NOTE: The WGAE cannot assist in seeking the return of material from an agency. In addition, Guild policy restricts us from offering assistance in finding, selecting, or recommending an agent.
The agencies that appear on this list have promised not to charge fees, other than a commission, to any writer. If you find that any of these agencies do charge fees, please contact the Guild immediately.
You should always contact the Guild at 212-767-7837 to verify the status of an agency. Visit “How to Approach an Agent” for more tips.