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**Looking for a literary agent? Finished that book and know as much about publishing as you do microphysics?? Don't worry, you're not alone - and thanks to google, you have an army of supporters behind you!
**I'm bringing together two brilliant minds with surprisingly corresponding advice to give you a head start on your search. Jane Friedman, and Victoria Strauss
They are brilliant! Such great information, I can't wait for you to have it!!!
NUMBER ONE: Before you get started - please don't type "literary agent" into your search browser - as Victoria Strauss warns - it is an invitation for scammers. Here is an excerpt from her website at www.victoriastrauss.com
-- "This is guaranteed to turn up scammers, some of whom buy sponsored ads or use Google Adwords. And don’t ask for agent recommendations on writers’ forums or social media. There are plenty of knowledgeable people on the Internet, but there are also plenty who don’t know what they’re talking about and are eager to pass on misinformation. You may also make yourself a target for unscrupulous web-trollers who want to sell you something you don’t need. (For a more detailed discussion, see my blog post, Using Caution on the Internet.)"
NUMBER TWO: Where two experts agree - it's as good as gold!! Let someone else do the work for you (as much as you can *wink) Jane Friedman echoes the advice of Mike Shatzkin (who has been involved in the publishing business for nearly 50 years) that publishersmarketplace.com is the best source to use in your search for an agent! Jane Friedman also gives a bit of advice on using publishers marketplace on her website www.janefriedman.com
--"Not only do many agents have member pages there, but you can search the publishing deals database by genre, category, and/or keyword to pinpoint the best agents for your work.
What I suggest — not rocket science but most writers don’t know about it — is using the databased information at Publishers Marketplace to find which agents to target. PM has a database of deals, so you can see what books have been sold from which agents to which editors and get a sense of what prices they sold for. That means an aspiring author can look for books of the same type or genre as the one s/he wants to sell, find the editors that are signing those up and the agents who are successfully pitching them. That not only gives the author a feel for who is right, it gives them “what to say” that will entice the agent. “I am writing to you because I have a book that fits the profile of deals I see you’ve made on Publishers Marketplace.”
NUMBER THREE: CHEMISTRY!!
Yes, that's what I meant to say. LOL! I've heard it repeated so many times that finding a literary agent is like finding a spouse - it takes time and a great deal of searching. And when you do find someone, you want them to be encouraging and to believe in you!
You want their excitement about your work to inspire you to be a better writer!
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AS ALWAYS LOVELY WRITERS - GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND CONNECT WITH YOU!
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Hi. I"m an author.
I mean, I wrote a book... have you written a book? It took me a long time.
like five years.
I'm not playing - that's how long it took! LOL!
The sequel is a breeze because now I know I can do it! Yay me! But here's a list of things I didn't know.... maybe it will help you aspiring authors to do a little preliminary work ;)
ahem...... *clearing throat (get ready for this)
** I didn't know that authors are not authors. Once you publish that baby you have now become the alpha and omega of the published work of which you created!!! And what I mean by that is, now you get to dive into the haystack and encourage all the little pieces of hay that might like your book to come look at it. The problem is that haystacks are big. And crowded with hay. And they are pokery. It's hard to breath in there and the pieces you want are spread out in all directions!!!
Now theres a worker that knows what you're looking for and he points to the hay, directing you to the slightly darker golden colors. But he won't help, that's your job. He just tells you what they look like and that they are in there - in that towering four story pile of a bazillion little pieces of hay. Wow, thanks man.
------------- so from my lovely metaphor you should devise that you...
* Need to establish an online presence (website, Facebook page)
* Should have at least five writing/promoting blogs or websites that you
follow regularly and connect with
* Become familiar with all avenues of bookselling - radio, newspaper,
newsletter, bookstores, libraries, city events - (local stuff!)
* Your publisher gives you an AVENUE to sell your book, but still
expects you to do a LOT of the selling
But don't worry! There is light ahead, and it will be a glorious sunrise - I mean, really, have you SEEN the sky after a storm??!! It is amazing, and you can make it through. Just do what you can do and continue in a good direction. Little by little you will get there. It's incredible the mountains you can climb by just taking one step at a time and refusing to give up. You will get to the summit :):)
------- But seriously, it will be so much easier if you do those things FIRST ;) LOL!
Just something to think about, and plan for. Good luck you incredible people!!
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