An agent by any other name…

September 21, 2007 at 2:09 pm | Posted in agents/ editors, career, Meg, names, Queries | 2 Comments

So do you have your query written? Ready to send it out, but don’t know where to start looking beyond the name of an agent or editor (here’s my twist on the name topic for this week since I prematurely blogged about names last month in What’s in a Name). I’m here to help. Or at least here to share some links and places I used to research agents and editors.

First, what are you looking for in an agent or editor? (I’m going to refer to these two essential publication people as a/e from now on to save time and space) Do you want someone who is hands-on and will serve as a coach to guide you through your career or do you want a no-nonsense, only business, give-it-to-me-straight kind of person? Do you need to stay in constant contact with your a/e or do you want to only hear from them when they sell your book? These are things that you’ll want to consider as you learn an a/e’s management style.

Okay, so you know what you’re looking for, but where do you start? Here are some links:
A good place to start is: Preditors and Editors has a comprehensive list of a/e. They also post an occasional warning or accolade for the a/e so you can start getting a hint of who to look for or avoid.

Charlotte Dillon has a page full of interviews with a/e so you can learn personalities and styles. In addition, her website has numerous articles on why you need an agent and what to look out for in dealing with a/e.

If you’re a romance writer, The Passionate Pen has a great list of agents that deal with romance.

An agent herself, Kristin Nelson recently shared a list of agents who accept email queries on her blog, Pub Rants .

Believe it or not, there are numerous a/e looking to take advantage. I think there is actually a listing on Preditors and Editors that an agent faked her own death to avoid charges brought up against her. I could be wrong, and apologize if I am, but it amused me. You never know where you’ll get an idea for a new book, but that could be one! Anyway, Writer Beware is another website to check to make sure you aren’t querying a scam artist.

Candace Havens has a monthly online writing class that has included a month of interviews with agents. A great place to learn some writing skills and gain some inside knowledge of a/e.

I’m sure I’m missing tons of other useful links and sites, probably some obvious ones, so please let me know of them! I could use all the help to send out my own queries!

So send out your queries, e-queries, sample chapters and synopses. You’ll never get published if you don’t take that chance. Keep us posted! We’d love you to be our next Honorary Heartlette!

-Meg

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  1. Oh! Can I add one? Agent Query is a great place to look to see who represents what. You can find it at:

    http://www.agentquery.com/

    Thanks for sharing this info, Meg!
    -Jessica

  2. […] An Agent by any other name… […]


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