I’m looking for a literary agent.
Because I’d like to get my book (‘SoulDice’) published by a publisher rather than put it out there myself.
Because I believe the book (‘SoulDice’) has the potential to click with a lot of people and I don’t think I could get to the full potential audience using the tools I’d have if I were to self-publish.
I know what you’re thinking… ‘I really hope he doesn’t keep doing that ‘name of the book in brackets thing’’ (‘SoulDice’)… I won’t.
Off I went and read a lot of stuff on how to find an agent.
Most of what I found made a lot of sense and there is a shed-load of great advice out there.
Find an agent that deals in the genre you are writing in. This saves a lot of wasted time. It also makes you realise you haven’t thought enough about the genre.
Make sure they are seeking submissions. There’s no point annoying people by sending them stuff they don’t want that they haven’t asked for. I think we can all relate to that.
Keep the introduction letter short and cover the basics. Make sure you address is properly and include the information needed for the agent to move on to the synopsis or the first few chapters you’ve enclosed.
Write a synopsis. Big one this. Took me a long while to get a synopsis that is short and to the point, that covers the plot and characters without getting bogged down in too much detail. I hate writing the synopsis. I know that the more I do it the better I’ll get, so there’s that… but yeah, really difficult for me.
Include the first chapters / page count asked for by the specific agent. This is another of those ‘don’t waste time’ things: if they have submission guidelines then follow them!
Knowing that agents make a living by selling what they take on means you have to be clear about the transaction that is taking place. The synopsis / pages you are sending are meant to give the agent enough of a feel so they can tell whether they think your book is worth them investing in.
Individual agents will have different views, different contacts and publishers they favour, there will always be a degree of subjectivity from each agent.
The agent is making a living from books. They are only going to be interested in books they think they can sell. Really important that bit.
When the rejections start coming, I’ll bear that in mind more than anything else.
Feedback will be brilliant, but with the volume of submissions agents receive, I’m not expecting any.
I just have to keep plugging away. Looking for suitable agents and going through the process.
I know it’s a long haul. So the sooner I start, the sooner it’ll get done.
So I’ve started!
I’m using ‘Agent Hunter’ to help me look for appropriate agents: