Author, Editor, Media Tie-In Writer

When Look For An Agent...

Because I was asked this by a friend and the email turned out to be, basically, a blog post…

Not exact, but a good start on the path if you are Jon Snow and know nothing.

When searching for an agent, do the following:
1. Search:
www.agentquery.com
www.1000literaryagents.com

2. Look for the exact kind of agent you want:
MG, YA, SFF, Fantasy, Romance, etc…

3. Look to see if they are open for submissions.
– Should say on their profile

4. Go to their agency website:
– Make /sure/ they are open for submissions (most up-to-date, hopefully)
– Make /sure/ you understand what their sub guidelines are (IE: first 10 pages, first 3 chapters, etc…)

5. Make some decisions:
– Sub to one agent and wait?
– Sub to multiple agents?
(IE: are simultaneous subs allowed? or is it exclusive?)

6. Submit your query (whatever the guidelines say)
– Follow the guidelines to the letter

7. Wait.
– This is the hardest step.
– Write something else while you wait.

8. When you get an answer either:
– Rejection: mourn, repeat the process
– Acceptance: panic, follow what the agent is asking for in a timely manner

9. Wait.
– Again, the hardest step.
– Seriously, write something else while you wait.

10. Final answer:
– Rejection, mourn, begin again
– Offer of Representation: panic, realize the agent works for you, have questions ready. If you don’t know what questions to ask, consult author friends and social media.

Good luck!
Jenn

Meet Jennifer Brozek

Jennifer Brozek is a multi-talented, award-winning author, editor, and media tie-in writer. She is the author of Never Let Me Sleep and The Last Days of Salton Academy, both of which were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Her BattleTech tie-in novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, won a Scribe Award. Her editing work has earned her nominations for the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Hugo Award. She won the Australian Shadows Award for the Grants Pass anthology, co-edited with Amanda Pillar. Jennifer’s short form work has appeared in Apex Publications, Uncanny Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and in anthologies set in the worlds of Valdemar, Shadowrun, V-Wars, Masters of Orion, and Predator.

Jennifer has been a full-time freelance author and editor for over seventeen years, and she has never been happier. She keeps a tight schedule on her writing and editing projects and somehow manages to find time to teach writing classes and volunteer for several professional writing organizations such as SFWA, HWA, and IAMTW. She shares her husband, Jeff, with several cats and often uses him as a sounding board for her story ideas. Visit Jennifer’s worlds at jenniferbrozek.com or her social media accounts on LinkTree.

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