In The Company of Strangers by Awais Khan @rararesources #guestpost #inthecompanyofstrangers

Hope you’re having a fabulous Tuesday! I’ve got another fantastic book to share with you all today!

In The Company Of Strangers

Mona has almost everything: money, friends, social status… everything except for freedom. Languishing in her golden cage, she craves a sense of belonging…

Desperate for emotional release, she turns to a friend who introduces her to a world of glitter, glamour, covert affairs and drugs. There she meets Ali, a physically and emotionally wounded man, years younger than her.

Heady with love, she begins a delicate game of deceit that spirals out of control and threatens to shatter the deceptive facade of conservatism erected by Lahori society, and potentially destroy everything that Mona has ever held dear.

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Author Bio – Awais Khan is a graduate of Western University and Durham University. Having been an avid reader and writer all his life, he decided to take the plunge and study Novel Writing and Editing at Faber Academy in London. His work has appeared in the Missing Slate Magazine, Daily Times and MODE, and he has been interviewed by leading television channels like PTV, Voice of America, Samaa TV and City 42, to name a few. He is also the Founder of The Writing Institute, one of the largest institutions for Creative Writing in Pakistan. He lives in Lahore and frequently visits London for business.

Social Media Links – Instagram: @awaiskkhan @thewritinginstitute

Facebook: @thewritinginstitute

Guest Post

How to land a Literary Agent

The truth of publishing is that the majority of publishers require you to go through a literary agent if you want them to take a look at your work. Having said that, literary agents are not just a means of filtration. They are literally the gatekeepers of the publishing world and all the treasures that lie within, so to speak.

It may seem like there are a lot of agents out there, but that isn’t true. Yes, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, spread across the US, UK, India, Europe etc, but they are not enough. Most of these agents are getting hundreds of submissions from authors every month, and at most they may sign on a handful of new authors every year. That doesn’t sound too good, does it? The good news is that if you follow a few simple rules, you can not only get an agent to notice you, but even consider signing you on.

The first rule is to make sure your work is up to the mark. Literary agents hate it when they get distracted from the story by grammatical errors and typos that could have been corrected by basic proofreading. Some agents simply abandon reading the material, no matter how compelling, if they feel that it contains too many typos. If you want an agent to give you some of his/her time, you need to make it worth their while. They expect a well edited submission, and a writer should make sure that they provide them with that.

Once you are sure you have done your absolute best in making sure the work is top notch, research some of the agents you are interested in, and check whether they actually represent the genre you’ve written. If yes, proceed to look at their submission guidelines. I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of adhering to submission guidelines. If you follow them all correctly and provide the agent with well edited initial chapters, there is a very good chance that the agent will give you due consideration. This is how unknown writers end up being represented by top agents. They follow the guidelines, write a compelling story and edit it properly. Since their submission ticks all the boxes, the agent reads it, and before you know it, you have a full manuscript request from that agent.

Even when you follow all the guidelines to the book, you will still receive tons of rejections. That’s basically due to the fact that this is a very subjective market, and not everyone may like what you have written, but there will definitely be someone out there who will. It is just a matter of finding the right agent.

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