Tuesday Tips: 5 Tips on How to Find an Agent

5 tips on how to find an agent5 Tips on How to Find an Agent

Finding an agent is no small feat. Trust me. I’m struggling on this very subject, like many of you. So why do I feel qualified to give out hints??? Because, I’ve learned from my mistakes and would like to pass on some helpful information to hopefully save you from getting your hopes up OR going down the wrong path.

So here are somethings I have learned along my winding, bumpy, often full of boulders path:

  • RESEARCH
    There are TONS of reasons to do research. Go to the agency’s website to:
    a) Make sure the acquire the same genre as you.
    b) Make sure they are open to submissions.
    c) To see how to format your submissions.
    BUT I want you to take your research a step further.  Look them up on other outlets like Preditors & Editors, Absolute Write, QueryTracker. Each of these websites will show you if the have a reputation (bad or good), and Absolute Write has discussions on some of them too. Or go to forums such as the Blue Boards and see if there is any information on them and/or ask about them yourself.
  • TALK
    Talk to other writers and illustrators about agents. Talk to the agents themselves!!! (They are really nice people.) There are groups who are focused solely one editors/agent information.
  • FOLLOW
    Stalk… Follow them on Twitter/Facebook/Blogs/Tumbler/you get the picture.
    You will get to know them as a person… their likes, dislikes, #MSWL!!!, and more.
  • ASK QUESTIONS
    Some agencies are open to hearing your questions. Fuse Literary Agency is one of them. #AskFuse is a popular hashtag on Twitter on Fridays. What better way of finding out thoughts and feelings that by asking. *note: these parties are usually NOT for pitching ms*
  • GUT FEELING
    In the end, go with your gut.
    If something doesn’t feel right, sound right, look right, whatever, LISTEN to that voice and follow through.

So why am I writing this post? Because I have had friends get burned by not-so-great agents. I have friends who have been lifted up by some awesome agents. I myself have had to run away when something wasn’t right. Through research I have found some lovely people, and even if they don’t represent me, I know are wonderful agents who will champion their right people.

Just remember this:

No agent is better than a bad agent.

Happy hunting.   😉

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Is there something I left out?
Do you know of any other great research websites?

Until next time,

Happy writing.
~t

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www.Wednesday… KidLit TV

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KidLit TV, which will launch in the fall, will be the online video resource for the greater KidLit Community.

So why am I telling you about this web site now? There has been a FB group created for KidLit TV. This group will be your place to post videos or links to videos! Share your book trailers, news videos, interview videos, school visits, book signings, how-to advice on everything from creating awesome picture books to making animated presentations. You can also share others that you have found helpful, even if you have not created them. This is your video group in the KidLit world. 

I spoke with Julie Gribble, the creative brains behind KidLit TV and here’s what she had to say about it:


ABOUT KIDLIT TV


Our exciting new venture, KidLit TV, will leverage our experience with other forms of media to help parents, teachers, and librarians learn more about the world of children’s literature. It will feature interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators and will be an online visual resource for the greater KidLit Community.
The KidLit TV website and YouTube channel will be launching in fall 2014!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THIS FALL TO PARTICIPATE THOUGH!
Remember the FB Group Page I mentioned earlier. There is a ‘soft’ launch going on TONIGHT! Julie and I will be online at 8 pm est to answer your questions and take suggestions.
If you haven’t received an invite to the virtual launch, let me know you would like to be invited. We’ll have to be friends on fb. You can friend me on my page. Also here is the page for the KIDLIT TV FB GROUP PAGE.

Hope to see you all there. Now, get those videos going!
`t

 

 

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Monday Marketing: Google+

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Yes, Google+ is important. Yes, you really should have an account.  And I can give you one GIGANTIC reason why… *hint* it’s the first word… “GOOGLE”.

Google is the #1 search engine. Think about it. A few years ago, you talked about searching for something on the internet. Today we say, “Google it.”. Boom, Bang, Done.

Google+, like any smo, has it’s pluses and minuses. You can find family and friends, create circles, and join communities. BUT there are also Hangouts on there. You can talk to someone face to face and have an actual social interaction with them. WHICH IS GREAT! Who doesn’t like human contact, to see someone smile, or to hear them laugh!

For your business sense, it’s great. I’ve created several circles to where I can send messages to specific individuals. Like writers, family, friends, media specialist, etc. This way you don’t have to worry about bothering everyone else about your latest presentation for schools or the new book signing you may have coming up or the family vacation pictures of you on the river with NOOOOOOO make-up.  See, not meant for everyone’s eyes. hahahhahahaa.

While it is another smo to keep up with and remember to post and share across, I have found that it is a valuable asset to someone with their own business.

Hope to post some tips about Google+ next week.

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What you use Google+ for?
What are the benefits?
What ideas on marketing have you found useful?

until then…
~t

 

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Marketing Monday: Twitter

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Who wants to feel like a twit when they tweet?

Not this girl.

So why shy away from this social media outlet? It’s different… It’s scattered… I don’t know what I’m doing. Well you SHOULD use twitter, especially if you are a writer! WHY? It will help you with word count, keep you updated in the field, have at-the-scene at conferences, make friends, have some laughs, OH and MARKET YOURSELF!

WORD COUNT

You have 140 characters (including spaces) to say what you have to say and let that baby fly! Picture Book Writers… this is for you!  Not a picture book writer??? WELCOME TO MY WORLD.   >:-}   Every word counts. Cut, tighten and hit send.

UPDATES IN THE FIELD

Follow editors, houses, agents, and other authors/illustrators. You find out what is being published, who may be open to submissions, where someone might be speaking at, contests, and and and… you’re getting the picture right?

LIVE BROADCASTING

OK, so we all can’t make it to conferences. BUT you can feel like you are there. Really! There are tweeters using hashtags in their posts so you can search for them and read all about it.

LAUGHTER & FRIENDS

Follow your friends and see what they are up to, there are different chats that you can attend and some spoofs of those chats can get hilarious! You will get a glimpse into lives and some may shock you at how funny, sarcastic, amusing, and boring they can be.

MARKETING

Yes, you can market yourself on Twitter. Post news about your books, appearances, blogs, and on. One thing I would suggest though. Don’t over market yourself. No one wants to feel like they are being spammed. I try to participate in chats, promote other people, post pictures of my pets, scenery and nail art, and well anything else that might interest me. Keep it versatile and interesting. I really try not to put too much thought into it. I try to be me… the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 

–CHATS & HASHTAGS… OH MY!–

One way to totally throw yourself into the Twiterverse is to join a chat. Chats can easily be followed by using hashtags (#). There are chats on every subject you can think of (legally), I bet. Two I like to follow are #pblitchat & #kidlitchat. There are ‘specials’ too. Where agents and editors let you ask questions or you can join a pitch chat and hope to catch the attention of an agent or editor.

 

Lots of good things… so much I can’t even cover it all! I want to give you a few links to keep reading though:

Both of these are worth the time (and money) to read through.

Now go on and spread your wings… before you know it you will be soaring through Twitter and not feeling like a twit at all!

Happy reading!
~t