How to Get an Agent

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Panelists: [Note — I didn’t write down who the panelists were.  I’m having to look them up from the program.  The actual name of the panel was “How to Obtain an Agent”

  • John Berlyne
  • Joshua Bilmes
  • Jaime Moyer

[Note —  I just had a series of bullet points for this panel]

  • Do the research (be thorough)
  • Write from the heart
  • Look at acknowledgements in books you like, and books that match your style
  • Personalize your query letter when you can
  • Use common sense
  • Err on the side of caution
  • Treat it like a job interview
  • Sell one book at a time
  • Shy away from exclusive submissions (except for special circumstances)
  • Agents take on the author, not the book (so much).  Include relevant info.
  • Agents like what they like
  • Agents will google people they are interested in

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