Over the holidays, I took the time to catch up on reading queries (I’m not totally caught up, but I’m getting there!), and I thought to do a series of posts for all the writers that resolved to try and find themselves an agent in 2015! To kick things off, let’s start at square one….
Where to Find and Research Agents
- Web – QueryTracker (a comprehensive database of agents that can be searched to find agents representing your genre), SCBWI Blueboards by Verla Kay (great networking site for writers with a wealth of shared information on agents and more), Writer’s Digest (particularly their “new agent alerts”), various writing blogs (like Casey McCormick’s Literary Rambles–she does loads of agent features)
- Bookstore – A couple of trusted resources are Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over and 2015 Guide to Literary Agents: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, put out by Writer’s Digest
- Online contests – These are quite popular and many writer blogs host them. Agents love participating as they’re usually prescreened by the hosts, so the submissions are generally strong and may have agents getting out the boxing gloves (virtual of course!) over a few. There are many out there, but some that I’ve participated in are: Cupid Connection Blind Speed Dating, Brenda Drake Pitch Madness, and Writer’s Digest contests.
- Twitter – You should be on Twitter to follow all of the online references mentioned, network with fellow writers, as well as find out about new online contests, and more
- Referrals from writer friends – Fellow authors are usually happy to dish about agent contacts, or their own agent. And we agents LOVE getting referral submissions!
- Conferences – Making that personal connection is great. You have access to professional resources to help you work on your craft, and your presence here already shows us that you take your craft seriously. Both author and agent get a sense for whether they’d be a good match. Be sure to follow up on any requests and follow instructions!
This is just a sampling of the many resources out there that can help you on your agent search. I hope you may have found one or two above that you haven’t yet tried! Do you have any favorite agent resources that I didn’t mention? Please feel free to add it in the comments to share the love with your fellow authors!
Stay tuned for How to Find an Agent – Part II: Pitching/Approaching an Agent….