Over the last couple of weeks, I have been scouring various literary agency websites, blogs, and other online writer resources.  My goal was to identify a large list of potential agents.

My book is an awesome book, at least, I firmly believe that it is. However, that doesn’t get it on the bookshelves at your bookstore. Selling the book does that, and the next step is to get some agents interested in reading it. The standard, accepted process to do that is via querying potential agents. Once upon a time, that was done via a query letter in the mail.  Of course, it’s mostly done via the Internet these days.

The temptation is there to create some mass email and send it to every agent on the list.  That’s probably the fastest way to failure. Each agency and each agent have a slightly different spin on how they want to receive an initial submission. It feels like a slow process, but I have sorted my agent list, and one-at-a-time, I am working through the submission process.

One-Step-At-a-Time

 


6 Comments

sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

I’m about to start on this fun process as well… started an excel spreadsheet to track who I’m submitting to, what they ask for, when/if they’ll respond, and what their response is. It is so tempting just to mass email, especially since most likely they’re going to reject lol. Happy hunting!

    Shea Oliver · May 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Thank you!!! I did the same with Excel.Also added a column for when to follow up, as some agents allow. Since a few agencies have more than one potential agent, but only allow querying one at a time, I have noted that also. Happy Hunting to you too!!!

      sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

      same lol. some also allow you to resubmit after 6 months if you’ve made substantial changes.

        Shea Oliver · May 5, 2014 at 8:48 am

        Here’s to both of just landing one of the first ten we query!!!

          sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

          Huzzah! lol, wait, which are you pitching to so we’re not competing 😛 Jk. God, I think I prefer re-revising my entire book to writing the query letter and synopsis lol. So painful…. Best of luck to you!

          Shea Oliver · May 5, 2014 at 9:06 am

          That is the truth! Thanks!

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