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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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Spread the Wordle: A Cool Marketing Tool for Authors!

Here’s an awesome marketing tool for authors. It’s called a wordle and can be found at Wordle.com. You can create your own wordle, using your own words, colors, and configurations. It’s very simple. Here’s the one I did for The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Prophecies.

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The process takes very little time – all you have to do is type in the words, pick a font, pick a color and play around with the configurations (all horizontal, all vertical, some of both, etc). Once you are finished, you can save the product to the wordle site. This makes your wordle public, so anyone can view it. You can also take a screen shot (the FAQ provides a link that will guide you on how to do this) and save it for display on your website. You can use your creation to make t-shirts or posters or bookmarks. Whatever you want!

Wordle is fun and it’s free! So get out there and spread the wordle. Your wordle!

www.KristinaSchram.com

A Cool Marketing Tool for Authors!

Trailers – short video clips – are growing in popularity as a method for various creatives to market themselves and their wares over the internet. As an author, I decided that doing a book trailer for my first book, The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Prophecies, might not be a bad idea. I love movie trailers…well, the good ones. Why not make one for my book?

What hooks you into watching a movie? A great trailer. What’s a great trailer? One that engages you, tantalizes your senses, and makes you eager to see more, more, more! A good book trailer should do the same. That’s why you need an expert to put one together. Timing, too many words or too little explanation, picture quality…all can make or break your trailer.

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Agent, Where Art Thou?

I’m looking for an agent…that elusive species, which, if found, could bring joy (at the very least, a book deal) to my life. Those of you who have gone through the process, or are in it right now, know it’s a tough road to travel. Not only is it hard to find agents interested in _____ (enter your genre here), it’s hard to make yourself stand out amongst all the other people searching for an agent who specializes in ____ (enter your genre here).

The worst part, though?

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New Hampshire Loses Power – New Hampshire Writer Loses Mind

It’s been four days since an ice storm hit New Hampshire and what a crazy ride it’s been. President Bush even declared a state of emergency here in the Granite State. Trees and power lines are down, roads are blocked and electricity has been cut off. Many people still don’t have power. PSNH, our electric company, says that this storm has created the worst damage they’ve ever had to deal with in the history of the company.

Oh, lovely.

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