Category: Agent Search

Agent Search 2016

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I’d rather be here…

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m on the hunt for an agent. A young woman I know is attempting to do the same and she asked my advice on where to start. Not that I’m an expert on getting an agent (obviously), but I’ve been doing this long enough to learn a few things. So I put together this little guide for her and decided to share it with the world.

So here goes…

1.  Be sure the first 50 pages of your completed manuscript (fiction) are as perfect as you can get them since agents typically don’t ask for more than that when you query them (of course your whole manuscript should be fabulous, but those 50 pages should really shine). Some agents want 20 pages, some want the first 3 chapters, some only 5 pages. Make sure you watch for this. Also, most agents want you to include your letter/synopsis/sample in the body of the email, but some want some parts (like the sample and synopsis) included as an attachment. Nowadays many agents only do email queries, which is great since it saves a lot of time and money on everyone’s part. Not to mention trees. [I might have to take this back. I’m currently using AgentQuery and lots of the agents I’m finding don’t do email queries at all. I wonder if this is to keep the submissions manageable? Seems a bit 1990s to me.]

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The Hunt Is On

I have been terribly remiss in my posts lately. I’ve been writing a new book that I really love and I’m going to try to find an agent for this one. Seriously! After putting out thirteen books on my own, I think it’s time to take my career to the next level. I hope it’s time, because I really, really want to make this work. I’m so ready! But between helping my mom get her books into print form, writing a book, and raising my three boys, I’ve been a bit distracted. I’m still doing FB and Twitter posts, though, so that should count for something, shouldn’t it? Yes. It does.

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That’s me on the far left with the big, cheesy grin…

Sending out query letters is a bit challenging. Everyone wants something different, which is perfectly legit, but the problem is you have to be on top of that and I think I already screwed one up. I should have delved further into what the agency wanted, and for some unfathomable reason I didn’t. I just wasn’t thinking at all. Maybe it’s because I got up too early this morning, or that it was only mid-afternoon and I was already hungry for supper (which should be against the laws of nature). Maybe I thought I’d lucked out with an easy one. I don’t know. But, dang, it taught me not to do that again.

I think the worst part is that a wonderful outcome is not guaranteed at all. I think we’re all happy to put in the work and effort and put up with the cringe-worthy moments after realizing we screwed up, if at the end of it all, something good and magical would happen. But I guess that’s life. No guarantees of anything.

I say boo hiss to that.

But I’m not giving up. One way or another, I’m going to make this work. I’ve been dreaming about being a writer since I was a little kid, and I’m not letting that little kid down.

Though I might miss a few more blog posts in the process…

The Mermaid of Muses

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any blogs – sorry to those of you who follow me, who wait for my posting with an almost mad, feverish anticipation. Please forgive me. Once I tell you what happened, I’m sure you will find it in your heart to bestow mercy. You see, my blogging muse drowned in a terrible editing accident. Four different manuscripts to edit was just too much for her. I’ve only just now been able to revive her, poor thing.

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