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The AAR is the preeminent professional trade organization for literary and dramatic agents in the United States. We are dedicated to helping our members develop and maintain their professional skills in a fast-changing publishing environment. Membership is open only to qualified agents who meet the membership criteria.

Membership benefits include:ยท Access to programs and toolboxes on a wide variety of subjects including digital media, marketing, contracts, internship programs, cover art, foreign rights and agency management.

  • Remote access to events via video conferencing for members who cannot attend in person.  Members have access to our archive of audio downloads of recent and past programs and toolboxes.
  • Invitations to meet-the-publisher evenings and other networking events with other agents and industry professionals.
  • Opportunity to be a mentor via our Literary Agents of Change Mentorship Program. Along with our Internship Program, the LAOC Mentorship aims to increase retention and promotion of agents from marginalized communities.
  • Association with a well-established organization that is highly respected and trusted by all components of the publishing community, including authors’ and publishers’ organizations.
  • Email alerts on developments in our profession and industry.
  • Special offers on conferences and book fairs.
  • Inclusion of your contact information, areas of interest and submission guidelines in our agents’ database, searched by over 7000 prospective clients each month.


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