Here are more notes on a great panel at Life the Universe and Everything SF/F symposium. The topic is on Agents:
– Do research on agents to find out who you want is an agent. Don’t waste their time and yours by pitching to agents that will not represent you. You can do research by the Articles, their blog entries, who the clientele is, etc. very tracker.com is a good place to see a list of agents and to record your query steps you can also read the books edited by that editor to see if your book will match their interests
– Check out JF pitch for February 20
– Agents will only respond to pitches if they are interested in you give them about three months
– When you do submit a query to multiple agents do indicate it’s a simultaneous submission.
– Check out the book: a guide to literary agents.
– Write a standalone book with series potential.
– Jellyfish press email to editor of Deseret book the day in the life upon.
– A book is never finished. Authors tend to be continually working on the book. You need to send it out. Find the top 20 agent. You want to submit to send your query out to the bottom five. If no responses or requests for full of portions and you may need to revise the query. If you get responses from the query that is as good as it is, and you might be of the jumps the top the list of your top favorite agents.
– Melva: keep a record of your queries so you can overuse with it. To she don’t repeat yourself and you can also monitor your workload. Items in the query should be who’s the character want to stand in the way, what are they doing what is the consequence of their actions. What makes them unique.
– People like personality in a query.
– Make a concise and well written and then put back in the personality by may be rewrite it to scratch. If you can summarize into paragraphs. Your story line, then you may need to revise your book. Use words effectively and concisely.
– Strategy 20 agents for you want to do and do the bottom for first if you didn’t offer for representation by lesser agent. You may want to send a query to one’s you’re interested in and put in the subject line offer of representation and then give the pitch to the agents that you want.
– As several agents do the same feedback and listen to it and implement the change. The only one agent makes a suggestion. Don’t assume that the change will follow where he rules precisely.
– You don’t have to do an exclusive to limit your queries to one person and tell a offer you a contract.
– Keep writing new material, so that as you query the old the sting of rejection is not as intense. Another suggestion is, don’t write book to and tell book one has been accepted as that can waste valuable time.
– The website predators and editors is a good source to find out who the scammers are for agents and editors because there were people that will want to take advantage of you. If an agent asked for money. They are not legit.
– You need to check for personality compatibility between yourself and the agent. You can do this by looking at their articles the blog entries. The Twitter and to interview fellow writers and worked with them. As you build a network of friends. They may have agents and information to share with you and may recommend their agents in a query the database does not relate to you outside, being author.
– Big presses like seeing authors publishing in small presses as it shows that they are marketable.
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