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We recently asked a writer how she found her agent. This was her reply. It contains excellent advice on steps she took to find her agent:
"Regarding finding an agent -- as is known throughout the writing industry -- the best way to find an agent is to write a good book. To expand further on that idea, I would add that in order to write a good book a person needs to become immersed in the writing world -- join local groups, go on line, join a writing review workshop, take writing classes either on line or in person, etc.
For me, the worst information came from unpublished writers, the best information came from Writer's Digest. I watched free on line lectures and paid for some that were specific to my genre. When I heard a speaker mention or quote someone else, I would look up that person on line and find out what they could offer. Most of the time, in order to get good, accurate information, I would have to pay for an on line lecture and/or buy a book. The most startling thing I learned after doing research was that everything I had learned in my college writing classes about what it takes to write good literature had nothing to do with real world writing/selling and applying these college bound ideas to my writing actually set me back.
Also, through research, I found out about different subjects pertinent to writing and selling books. Where I was weak I would research that specific topic through on line lectures, local classes, and/or buying a recommended book. For example: writing query letters, the craft of writing, writing for teen market, etc..
Once I targeted appropriate agents (through directories, online listings, word of mouth, industry news articles), I would go to their website and research them, sign up to follow them on twitter and/or facebook, sign up for any lectures they were giving on line and/or buy any books on writing they had written, I read their blogs and any books in my genre that they had agented and successfully sold (usually through the library, so I wouldn't have to buy them) in order to observe the author's writing style, plot, etc.
Well, I hope this info helps."
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Posted March 12
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Posted February 1
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Posted January 25
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Posted November 8, 2012
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Posted July 24, 2012
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