Screenwriter’s Literary Manager or Literary Agent: Which To Go For?

1For screenwriters who want to sell a screenplay, a good Literary Manager or Literary Agent can get you into offices and to contacts that you cannot get to on your own, but which should you go for first? To answer that question, let’s first look at the basic difference between the two.

A literary manager can guide you through the whole process, from writing the script or screenplay to signing the deal. With them, you work more closely on all aspects of your career.

A literary agent markets and sells your screenplay. They are legally permitted to secure employment for their client writer. They focus more on selling your work and less on working closely with you.

Now, which is better for you to pursue first? We recommend you pursue a literary manager before a literary agent, and here’s why:

  • First and foremost, it is easier to get read by a literary manager than an agent, so you have a better chance to get someone on your team.
  • Literary manager manages everything, from when the script is in the initial phase of development to the time you sign the deal. So you have a partner the whole time.
  • Literary managers are career-oriented for their writers and concentrate on developing your career, while agents are more deal-oriented.
  • Agents are interested in selling your screenplay and wait for you to complete the screenplay, but literary managers guide you in developing the script, in addition to shopping it.
  • In choosing the services of a Literary Agent, you benefit from only them. But when you get a literary manager, they can help you get an agent. If you are not an instant hit, the agent may “forget” you. But the literary manager can help you get a new agent if the current one doesn’t get the job done.
  • Literary managers can produce films, so they may try to package and produce your film themselves. There are many examples of this in Hollywood.

And there you have it! These are just a few of the benefits of obtaining Literary Management before a Literary Agent.

If you are ready to go for representation for your script, consider using the Smart Girls Query Letter Mailing service. Smart Girls Productions has helped hundreds of screenwriters get their scripts in the hands of legitimate Literary Managers and Producers.

You can also market your script to both Literary Managers and Producers at once if you like. Seize the day! Take action today and start marketing your screenplay to get a literary manager.