9.. Have patience. The business of publishing is all about hurry up and wait.
8. Include all your contact information in your query.
7. Have zero typos and/or grammatical errors in your query (so have someone proof read it for you).
6. Get the agent’s name right in the query. (This is a pet peeve. I’ve heard SO many agents complain about this.)
5. Follow the agent’s submission guidelines precisely (e.g. regarding attachments, synopses, bio, etc…).
4. Write an interest-producing query letter, without being weird.
3. Do your research to figure out which agents represent work like yours and then submit to them, not just to “big names” who might not even represent the kind of work that you do.
2. If you get a revise/resubmit, really put in the work and revise it! And thank the agent for taking the time to give you feedback before you’re even a client, as well as being given the opportunity to resubmit.
#1. thing you can do to get a literary agent: Write an amazing manuscript!
Which of these things do you NOT do? Why?