Literary agents. How do you find one that’s right for you?
I’m currently querying….
And this is what I’ve learned:
In the meantime I thought I’d share my process and some processes I’ve learned.
1- make a list of all the agents that fit your genre, and are accepting submissions.
2- put those agents in order of preference. (I would recommend searching quick responders to get your toes wet, querytracker helps you there.)
3- indicate on your list, the agents submission guidelines, estimated response time and whether the agency is a no from all or free to query another after a pass. You may also note something unique about them to help keep memory fresh.
4- send out batches of 5-10 queries and find something to distract you while you wait.
And how do you organize said list???
If you’re computer smart (not Amy) I recommend using an excel spreadsheet.
If you crazy, I’d just send out emails in batches of 10 to random agents and see what happens…
If you’re me… http://www.querytracker.com
What an amazing resource for querying writers. Querytracker allows you to upload your query letter and select agents from their database to query. It helps you track all the info above plus clues you into a plethora of details about the agent.
And it’s free, unless you go premium for 25$
And if you struggle to busy yourself with something other than your hopes and dreams in the palm of someone else’s hand, you could always twitter and tumblr stalk your favorite agents. Some of them update when they are caught up reading by a certain date. You don’t even need accounts to do it… I wouldn’t know anything about this of course😉
Happy querying! Write on writers, Happy Weekend!