A friend of mine wants to connect me with a Motion Picture Lit Agent at one of the Big 5 Agencies here in LA. He specified that he's primarily an agent for screenwriting, but that he's looking to add more clients. I work in the entertainment industry, but I don't really deal with agents. Which leads me to wonder...
You've previously advised NOT to send anything to a movie studio, but is sending my novel to a Motion Picture Lit Agent in that same "don't do it!" category or is it acceptable since they're agents? Are Hollywood Agents as ruthless as I fear? Don't want to turn into shark bait here.
DO NOT DO THIS.
NO NO NO
For starters, you don't have an agreement with any of them.
Sending it cold is useless.
Most likely they won't look at it since film guys don't look at material that arrives in the slush.
Worse, odds are they won't respond and you'll be left with having to explain you sent it but heard nothing to your AGENT.
Who is going to silently screem when you tell her about this.
When film agents want books, they generally leave out this qualifier: published books that have done well. But that is indeed what they are looking for.
Here's the list of things you do NOT want to do before querying an agent:
1. Register copyright
2. Solicit blurbs
3. Send to a movie/film agent
4. Send to an editor at a publishing company
5. Self publish