Why do you want an agent?
- Contacts and Contracts
Do you need one?
- When you do
- When you don’t
What a good agent can do for you
- How agenting has changed over the past 10 years
- Career counsel
- Projects you’d never hear about without them
- What an agent can’t do for you
Who is working for who
- Shift your attitude
- Not every agent is right for you (or you for them)
- What books have they repped?
- Are they heavy into non-fiction, light on fiction?
- When you talk to them, is it about them, or about you?
- The harder they are to get, the more likly they’re a good agent
- But … there are always good ones just starting out
- Research before you approach
- The fee thing …
- Blogs, interviews, ask other authors, ask their authors
- If you know any editors, ask them what’s it like to work with that agent
- AgentQuery.com. About 1,000 agent listings and an excellent community/resource for any writer going through the query process.
- QueryTracker.net. About 200 publisher listings and 1,000 agent listings.
- WritersMarket.com. About 400 to 600 agent listings. $5.99/month subscription fee.
How to get an agent
- Create great writing
- Create a great platform
- Have a great idea
- Learn how to write a killer
- Query letter
- Log line
- Be present on their blogs
- And remember you’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you
- Blind reading conference example
- They’re watching you, trust us
- You’re marketing yourself as well as your writing
- Go to conferences