A lot has been said about preparing to market your book. You most likely remember when L. Diane Wolfe stopped by Straight From Hel and talked about promotion. She advised authors to start planning for promotion from the moment they started writing the book.
The same can be said about looking for an agent. Start from the moment you begin writing the book and continue it until you find an agent. It’s not like you have to spend hours every day searching the Internet either.
Do something like this:
Create a folder on your computer called Agents.
Then every time you come across an agent that interests you, create a document with that agent’s name. Add to the document with each new piece of information you find about the agent.
You’ll find agents of interest by reading the acknowledgments in books of your genre or in books you feel are similar to yours. You’ll find agents guest posting on blogs. Or being mentioned on listservs you belong to. Or you’ll find their bios on conference pages. Or on their own blogs. Or on their websites. You’ll see agents listed in Publishers Weekly as having made a sale on a book in your genre or for your favorite author.
There are a lot of different ways to find agents. There’s also a lot of information to find. Don’t wait until you’re ready to begin querying. Work on it as you write. Be ready to start sending those queries once you’re through with the editing.
5 weeks ago