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  1. Erin Drello

    Erin Drello New Member

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    Agents How to look for an agent?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Erin Drello, Mar 8, 2013.

    I am a new blog writer and I am having some mild success with the two blogs I am writing. Especially considering I only market through social media. So I am wondering where to start in looking for an agent. Can anyone help?
     
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    agents don't represent bloggers... they only rep books...

    what did you think an agent could do for you in re your blogs?... what you are probably looking for is a 'publicist'...
     
  3. live2write

    live2write Contributing Member

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    Then how do you find an agent for publishing a novel/book?

    Especially with blog writing, isn't there a way where she can write an exclusive book that is an extension from the blog?
     
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    Thanks... This is exactly what I wanted to say.
     
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    agentquery.com is a good place to start.
     
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    chicagoliz Contributing Member Contributor

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    Follow them on twitter. A lot of them post a lot of good stuff, and also link to other blogs and websites of lit agents. Also, if you can go to writing conferences, that's a great place to meet agents.
     
  7. Sanjuricus

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    Anyone know of a good resource for finding agents in the UK? ...or should us Brits be going for US agents where possible?
     
  8. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    i have several good agent listings for various parts of the world... you can email me for them... maia3maia@hotmail.com

    if you want the widest range of publishing opportunities of course you can seek a US agent and publisher, no matter where you live...

    as for a book of blogs, i can't imagine any agent or publisher being interested unless the blogger is as well known as arianna huffington...
     
  9. Krishan

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    Agent Hunter is a very new website. It has a searchable database of UK agents, and is impressively comprehensive and detailed. You need to pay for it, but it's only £12 per year, and if you're seriously looking for an agent then I can imagine it will more than pay for itself soon enough.
     
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    Thanks Mammamaia and Krishan. When I'm ready to start peddling my wares I'll be sure to do that. :)
     
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    Go to Agency Websites

    My experience was pretty straightforward for finding an agent. I searched through literary agency websites and found agents that represent the sort of work I'm into. Most agency websites have a number of agents listed, along with a 'mission statement' that includes their interests. Often, agents also have blogs, and sometimes lists of titles they've represented. I do recommend going straight to agency websites because they're intended to promote the agency, and given that they tend to give a lot of information about the different agents, their careers, and how best to submit work for consideration. Then, put together a query and shoot it out. For a novel, do note that it's expected that you'll have a complete manuscript before you seek a publisher or agency representation. If you want to write nonfiction, then put together a proposal along with some sample chapters. Good luck!
     

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