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    Agents...where to look.

    I've heard about agents all my life. Not from other authors but from depictions of them and such. Agents that publish. What to look for in an agent. What agents want. Etc, etc.

    With all the information about agents where does one begin to look for an agent?

    I've done internet searches but got lost in the results. Any suggestions?



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    Isn't there a WN sticky thread regarding "where to look for an agent"? If not, why not? So many newbies seem to ask this same question.

    Have you checked agentquery.com, Micheal? Or WN's Resources forum? Seek and ye shall find.


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    Agents don't publish; they sell stories to publishers in return for a percentage of advances and royalties paid to the writers. To land an agent, you write a query letter. (There are other ways, like being really famous.)

    A good on-line source for agent stuff--and query writing, too--is AgentQuery. Also, you can verify an agent's bona fides at Writer Beware and Preditors & Editors. Refer to each agent's website for submission instructions; they are not all the same.

    Query widely and simultaneously. Avoid exclusives.

    Don't pay anyone to represent, edit, or publish your work.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    jayce, maybe we should ask the mods to sticky your reply. I've seen you say virtually the same thing to what seems like a multitude of millions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Foyle View Post
    jayce, maybe we should ask the mods to sticky your reply. I've seen you say virtually the same thing to what seems like a multitude of millions.

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    Not that it shouldn't be done, but articles responding to this question have been stickied to the "Agents" page for years (I know, because the lead article is mine) and it hasn't stopped the question from being asked.

    Want to find an agent? There are articles concerning how to approach this linked to the "Agents" page of this website, righthand column.

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    I've seen you say virtually the same thing to what seems like a multitude of millions.
    Yeah, the question kept coming up so, a long time ago, I put a sticky on my desktop (Mac, that is) so I can cut and paste it, links and all--with minor modifications tailored to suit the given situation. (Does that make me insincere, saying good luck and all?)

    Didn't think anyone would notice, but I didn't allow for the sharp eyes of... KITTY FOYLE, WEB DETECTIVE!!!

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    The first question I ever asked at WN was how to get an agent. I was treated like crap for asking. Oh, no, not again, not someone asking about how to get an agent.

    I didn't know about agentquery or any other site. I came here because it was supposed to be a site for writers. Seek and ye shall find? He is seeking, that's why he's here, and that's why he's asking. It is an appropriate question for a newbie to ask.

    I think it's wonderful that Jayce answers that question so often, with kindness, and has created a response to plug in every time someone asks. I wish I'd received such a generous response.

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    Yes, leslee, back a hundred years ago when you and I first joined, Google did not have as many places to look. So we asked the kind folks at WN, and received answers.

    The world has changed in so many ways since then. Nowadays, it's VERY easy to do a little sleuthing. Micheal says, "I've done internet searches but got lost in the results." I don't understand why he got lost. Plus, there are many helpful forums at WN already set up.

    I did an AOL search: "How to find a literary agent" and came up with lots of choices. I repeat: Seek and ye shall find.

    http://search.aol.com/aol/search?q=h...comsearch50ct7

    And I agree: Bless jayce and others for their patience and helpfulness.

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    Yeah, but thousands of links on a Google or AOL search can be overwhelming and confusing to a newbie (1,110,000 results came up on your AOL link). So it makes sense to ask other writers on a forum who already know the best agent sites to visit through their own experiences, and can help steer them in the right direction.

    That's what this joint is here for, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Foyle View Post

    I did an AOL search: "How to find a literary agent" and came up with lots of choices. I repeat: Seek and ye shall find.

    http://search.aol.com/aol/search?q=h...comsearch50ct7


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    And the third one from the top (on my screen, anyway) is a link to WN!

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