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Editorial Service: Agony Agent

How it works?

Our astute team of Agony Agents are here to answer your every question. This is the simplest and speediest way to get specific, personal answers to your writing or submission conundrums.


Everywhere you turn, you’re told that you need a literary agent - but, to a writer trying to get published, these agents can seem like an elusive breed and the industry can be difficult to understand from the outside.

Our Agony Agents are here to answer your questions, whatever they may be. Whether you would like to know more about the role of literary agents, whether agents will still look at a manuscript that's previously been self-published or the perfect submission package, they can provide you with the essential, practical advice you need.

This service connects you directly with a literary agent of your choice. Whatever your question, whatever your conundrum, even if you’re just looking for a little reassurance, our Agony Agents are here to help.


"It was easy to use and I get to ask an agent a question about my work and get a response without having to wait months for a reply. Very reassuring and helpful." G Ansell

"Brilliant idea, I love, love, love it! A bit like the ‘how to hook an agent’ event, it helps you see that agents are just people, too. It helps demystify the process and at the same time gives you wonderful, personal advice." K Jennings 

How it works?


  • After submitting your question and making a payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.
  • The agent will respond with a 1-2 paragraph response within 2 working days and your answer will be available to view on your Writers' & Artists' Dashboard. Please note, your response may take longer over bank holidays. 


  • During the application you will be asked to supply your Skype ID. If you require assistance with this, see the How It Works? link at the top of the page.
  • You will also be asked to confirm a suitable date and time for your 15 minute call. After submitting your question and making a payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.
  • Should the agent be unavailable at that time, they will contact you through the Writers' & Artists' mail system to propose an alternative.
  • At the time and date agreed, please log on to Skype and ensure your status is set to Available. The agent will send you a connection request and will initiate the call. Your call will last for 15 minutes.

Features & Benefits

  • Honest and informed answers direct from the most authoritative and dependable source
  • Choice of either a mail response or a 15-minute Skype chat
  • Bespoke constructive advice from the experts in good time and at a fair price
  • Renewed confidence and motivation to continue your project (or time-saving honesty that will help you explore fresh possibilities). 

Booking & Payment

The price for this service is £25 for a mail response or £45 for a 15-minute Skype chat.

The cost of the service will be taken at the time you book.Your mail response will be sent to your Writers' & Artists' Dashboard.

*This price is inclusive of VAT