Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm almost ready for an agent

But where do I look for one? I've so busy writing my books, I don't know where to go next. I guess I'm asking for suggestions. I know there are websites with loads of agents listed, I might even have some listed on my own blog, but I don't know what they're called. Can anyone give me a website or a name.

Thanks, I know you won't let me down.

In other news, Bum's Rush is on it's final edit. I shopped around for a cheep proofreader. There aren't any. .01 cents per word at 80,000 words is 800 dollars. I'm really naive about this step, and nervous for some reason. My query letter and synopsis suck, and I'm into my next book. Self-publishing is looking better every day.

You all have a great week and God bless.
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  1. Guide to Literary Agents (this site is posted on my side bar under blogs I read). It has interviews with different agents about what they are looking for and their submission guidelines. If you want to shell out some money, there are also some great books with lists of literary agents at the book store. You can also subscribe to Publisher's Marketplace on line. Best of luck!

  2. Research and find agents that take what you write. Then query query query. I'd do several at a time as they take time to get back to you.
    Edit edit edit your book until it shines. Literally glows. Then edit it again! You wont' be sorry.

    Self publishing is a good way to go but exhaust your other options first.

    My advice for what it's worth. Not much in dollars, I can tell you. I've been around awhile and have learned a few things along the way!
    Blessings. Good luck and God bless.

  3. I have no good advice to offer (I'm a step behind you in the process - still in re-writes) but just want to wish you good luck. I hope you find the agent of your dreams.

  4. I agree with the polishing advice. It has to be ready. Im in the process of looking for a professional editor and then I can submit some perfected chapters to an agent. I made the mistake of sending it too soon and got rejections.

  5. Can you get friends and family to proofread? Just a thought....

  6. The Writer's Market is a good resource. So is Predators & Editors, a site that critiques agents, editors and publishers. But whatever you do, make certain your manuscript is ready for publication before submitting.

  7. The best way to find an agent is to target the agents that have agented books similar to your own. Search the who represents who database at publisher's marketplace. It does cost $20 a month to access, but if you get all your searching lined up in one shot you can join for a month then cancel. Also, many times, authors will thank their agents in their acknowledgements.

    AS for proofreaders, if you can't afford to hire a professional line editor, then use the resources of friends and family. Get as many readers as possible and combine all their feedback. In your community there may also be resources for free critiquing in the form of writer's groups. Mine meets twice monthly and we read aloud to each other. Reading aloud is almost as important as proofreading, because your ear often picks up much that your eyes do not.

    Just my two cents. This coming from a self-published writer and agenting my next one! Lee Libro
    My book: www.swimmingwithwings.com