Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Literary Agent? - is this my next step?

Now that summer is here, my main goal is to really work on getting published. I finally have enough time. Nadine and I have worked on my Q letter (A LOT - kind of like a manuscript - so if anyone wants to loan me their editing skills - let me know). I have contacted a few agents - no great news there (I keep telling myself - the publishing world is all about the rejection and in some way - it's healthy.)

My next step - find lit agents (maybe a publishing company if they fit the bill) that ARE NOT scams or slackers.

So my writing friends (book blogging too) - any ideas for me for lit agents? ( looking for specific direction - names, companies. I am compiling a list. - my manuscript is a paranormal fiction, YA, dealing with telepathic twins if that helps.

Also, any tips or steps I am missing - I don't want to go into the lit agent world "unarmed".

This point in the writing game is tough. Maybe the toughest part. I have a pretty polished manuscript, and by pretty published, I have had 7 people, including an editor, read it, and it's good. It's a solid story. It has a lot of potential. And now I am stuck in limbo. (Yes, the epub world is beckoning me.) I want to keep the process moving. Anyone else not like this limbo stage?

Advice, tips, questions, all welcome!

PS. Anyone ePub yet?


  1. good luck, i wish you success.
    I wish I could offer you some advice but I'm in exactly the same position. I am trying to get my MS published and not having much luck. (I haven't had mine read by that many or professionals) but I think it's pretty solid.
    I'll keep an eye out for any hints and tips.
    Good Luck.

  2. Hey! Sorry I don't have any advice, but I want to wish you all the best with getting published. :) Hope it all goes wonderfully for you.

  3. So I'll be posting on Thursday all about this, but my big overall piece of advice is BE PATIENT! I know it's hard to hear, but if you want to go the traditional route, it is a process of patience. It can take months and months to find an agent and I know some people who have queried several manuscripts for YEARS.

    That said, it sounds like you're ready to go and I'm compiling a list of all the advice I think will help make this process less torturous. It's torture no matter what, but there are ways to lessen the torture. :)

    Anyway, I wish you luck and I hope you find the perfect agent for you!

  4. Michelle, I also have a list of agents that 've compiled. I'll send it to you tonight so you can look over it.

    Your story is brilliant and I will be emailing you tonight about that too!

  5. Thanks for the well wishing everyone...
    @Komal I've missed you!

  6. Hello! This is my first time to your blog, but this post stood out to me because this is where I see myself in a year...the dreaded agent-hunting phase. I have an Agent Query website bookmarked and thought I'd share it with you: http://www.agentquery.com/default.aspx

    It supposedly contains a list of reputable agents that are or are not accepting queries. I plan to utilize it once I finish my manuscript, but I don't actually know anyone who has used it successfully.

    In any case, good luck to you!