Self-help books are very popular with many different groups of readers, and if you have written one that you want sold to a commercial publisher, it is very helpful to have a literary agent for self-help authors. Langtons International Agency is a successful literary agency for self-help authors that has experience selling books of this genre to the commercial publishers.


Self-help books are advice books that provide insight, tips, and guidance into changing a person’s life. The motivation these books provide can be on a specific topic, like mental health or weight loss, or on changing a person’s overall life. Good literary agents for self-help authors have experience with both the specific topics and more general ones.


Many self-help books have a structured step-by-step program, with different chapters describing different steps in the improvement. These books are often based on facts, and include a lot of information for the readers. It is important to use real-life examples to make the book relatable, rather than just a textbook. It will also show that the methods described in the book have worked for other people. If an author has modeled their program,  after programs they have previously developed in workshops or seminars, that is part of the information they should be disclosing to their literary agent for self-help authors, as it shares your expertise and experience in the field.


More personal self-help books can also be represented by literary agents for self-help authors. If an author has gone through a meaningful journey and has benefited from it, they may believe their story will help others. Their story reads like a memoir, but has more focus on the steps they took, based on their own experiences and goals. These self-help books are helpful both for the advice they give, and for the connection the reader forms with the author.


For any type of self-help book, the priority of an author has is getting the book published and having an audience for it. Submitting to a literary agent for self-help authors has many advantages, but their relationship to publishers, as well as their experience marketing self-help books. Literary agents for self-help authors can also connect authors with editors to make their book as good as it can be.


Langtons International Agency has successfully represented many self-help books as a literary agent for self-help authors. Some examples of these include Spiraling Upward by Wendy Wallbridge (Routledge) which won two Nautilus awards,  Your Life Path by Dr. Linda Watts (Carrel Books), Think Like a Rock Star by Mack Collier (McGraw Hill), and The 3 Dimensions of Emotion by Dr. Sam Alibrando (Red Wheel Press).


If you have written an interesting self-help book that will help others and need a literary agent for self-help authors, we would like to hear from you.

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