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AAWC 2007 Session 5 - Nuts and Bolts of Getting an Agent
2007/05/18 - 2:30-4:00 - Nuts and Bolts of Getting an Agent
- Agented: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- Agented: The Correction by Johnathan Francin
- Use the internet to narrow the field of agents.
- Do homework, mention similarities to other books.
- Inform [the agent] that you are sending query to multiple agents [if you are].
- Listen to what [each] agent is saying about your work as you are making a decision about going with [some] agent.
- Follow up with formal letters to other agents when accepting and offer to work with an agent.
- See how an agent goes about their business, some agents work with a few [authors], some work with many authors.
- Amy: Initial value derived from just the query letter.
- Say what is unique about your work.
- Succinct query letter.
- [The query letter should] catch [the agent's] eye.
- [The query letter is a] reflection of your writing skills.
- [The query letter] should avoid errors.
- Query letters should be three paragraphs.
- Is the agent interested/passionate about your work/resonates with your work, is there chemistry, are you going to get along.
- If it is a young [unexperienced] agent, ask who they have worked with.
- Don't worry about market for fiction [that is, you don't have to research the market for your book when you do your pitch]
- Don't do a guarantee/indicator of receipt for emails.
Square bracketed stuff I added when I typed this in.