Why are nearly all agents based in London? Don't I need an agent who is local to me?
Agents are generally based in London because you can't be any good at your job unless you know publishers very well - and every single major publishing house is based in London. That means it's much easier for London-based agents to know editors - not merely on a professional basis, but on a social one too. It is the strength of those connections and the knowledge that lies behind them which makes your agent able to represent your interests effectively . Don't make the mistake of restricting yourself only to agents who live close to you. Apart from anything else, outside Edinburgh and Oxford , it's hard finding any agents who aren't in London or in the commuter belt surrounding it.
Traditionally, many writers have used man and
words derived from it to designate any or all of the human race regardless
of sex. In fact, this is the oldest use of the word. In Old English
the principal sense of man was “a human,” and
the words wer and wyf (or wœpman and wifman )
were used to refer to “a male human” and
“a female human” respectively.
— American Heritage Dictionary , Copyright © 2000
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