Posted by: C.R. Mooney | May 19, 2009

Finding an agent

Well, you’ve written your masterpiece and now what do you do? One of your options is to find an agent that will market your book to various publishers and editors. While this may not be necessary in every case, I think that using and agent is the smart choice.

It is their livelihood to get your book into the hands of a publisher. Yeah, they may take a percentage of the money that will be made, but you know what they say, “80% of something is better than 100% of nothing.”

I would like to note that finding an agent in your genre is vital.  There is no sense in wasting your time and money sending agent queries to people who will drop them in the trash.

That being said, where can you find an agent. Scouring the internet is one way. Buying the Guide to Literary Agents is another.

One of the best is to find a listing that you can search for by genre.  one such list can be found at Agent Query.  There is no charge to use their service and it is quite extensive.   Each agent has a link to their bio which includes (in most cases) how to (and how NOT to) submit your work for review.

A last note, through the research that I have done,  it is recommended by many that you do not pay an agent to review their work; and get some references.

Let me know how it goes.

– mooney

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