How to Have Success Finding a Literary Agent

Have I mentioned how important it is to do your homework before submitting queries to agents? How you should use websites like Query Tracker and Agent Query and Publishers Marketplace and the great blog Literary Rambles to find the appropriate agent for your work? How doing your research should include reading an agent’s blog and their agency website and perhaps even an interview of said agent, to see if you might be a good match for each other? Sometimes, following the agent on Facebook or Twitter can give you a good sense of what the agent is like, and you can get familiar with issues that might be near and dear to his or her heart,  so maybe if you’re on the total opposite end of the political spectrum from a given agent you won’t query that hypothetical agent with a non-fiction project that might just make the agent cringe, curse or rant on her blog. Just saying.


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5 responses to “How to Have Success Finding a Literary Agent

  1. Sometimes, reading your email is more of a workout than you expect. 😛

  2. Oh man, I’d love to know what came in that spawned this post.

    • Let’s just say that it went beyond just being a thriller (which I don’t represent), a romance novel (which I don’t represent), a Christian Western (which I don’t represent), or even a picture book (which I pretty much don’t represent either). And I really have nothing against any of those things, I just don’t represent them. So, let’s just say, for argument’s sake, that perhaps it was political and non-fiction and on the opposite side of the fence from where I proudly and loudly sit. Why anyone would query ME with that? I. Don’t. Know.

  3. You have mentioned, but it can’t be said (or reminded) too often to those of us querying. I know I’ve stumbled a couple of times, and it was always the case that I didn’t search quite far or deep enough. So, thank you for the reminder!

  4. I can think of no better way to get an agent to pass on your query than failing to do your research–it’s the root of so many query problems that could be easily avoided just by taking the time to get to know an agent’s preferences beforehand.