Looking for a Literary Agent?

I absolutely love this site and I wanted to share it with you.  You can find everything here at Agent Query – all the latest updated agent listings, to a great interactive forum, and also a list of queries that worked.  They have a HUGE database that you can easily query under many headings your work may fit under.  Start now and have fun!

If you’re just starting to look for an agent I recommend you start here.  Why?  Because you want everything you can possibly find about an agent before you submit.  You want to know exactly what they represent and what they’re looking for, as well as what their client list and what they’ve sold recently.  This will give you a good idea how you’re novel will fit with their client list and recent books.  This information is difficult to find from books alone.

Okay, this is how I’m doing my queries:

1. Match my novel with agent queried via what type of work they’re representing.  This is difficult because I don’t write under a particular genre.  My work can fit under historical fiction, thriller/suspense, with a does of paranormal romance.  So I queried under thriller/suspense because all of my work can technically can fit under that category.

2. I started with ten queries and then I’ll  branch from there.  I need to get some feed back. If none at all?  That’s feedback.

3. Perhaps you’ve done this in the past.  I have too. Mass queries.  The queries I’m sending out now are more personalized, citing books that the agent represents that are similar to mine.

4. Of course I give a brief summation paragraph of what the novel is about.

5. Then a brief paragraph about myself with relevant experience pertaining to novel and how I learned to write.  Had to mention one of my all time favorite teachers here:  Bret Anthony Johnston.  Loved his fiction class.

That’s it.  Tweaked to fit each agent.  Their needs and mine.  The most important thing is to find an agent who you feel comfortable with and who can sell your work.  So make sure you find the agent that is a good fit for YOU.  Or else the agent will do it, on the basis of what you send.

So I’m back.  Really now.  You know the blog is the first thing to go if you’re trying to: a. Earn a living b. Keep your daughter in dance shoes and c. Have a life.

But I think I can publish regularly now.  Probably not three times a week, but I’ll see how it goes.

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