Querying Agents

Here’s a bonus post for your Sunday night, because I am so excited that I have to write about it.

I am finished with my novel! 110,000 words of literary fantasy. This moment has been two years coming, so I feel justified in posting about it.  But… now that I have it written, I want others to read it, so… the celebration can’t last long. On to finding an agent.

I have a draft of my query letter, about which I feel uncertain, so I clearly have to improve it.  I’m finding Query Shark to be immensely useful, as have been a number of other tools I plan on writing about later, but no one appears to be answering a few questions I have. For example: Do I mention that this book is the first of a series and can’t really stand alone? I know I shouldn’t query about multiple projects at once- but does that mean I shouldn’t mention that this is the first of a series? Would it help or hinder? If you know anything about this, please comment! I’d love the in-put.

Researching agents is turning out to be a complicated process, as Noah Lukeman‘s How to Land (and Keep) A Literary Agent warned me. Writer’s Digest, Publisher’s Lunch, Publisher’s Marketplace…again great tools. I can already tell it’s going to take me weeks, if not months, to compile the information I need, since I am also a full-time teacher.

Anyone have favorite tips, tools, or advice on finding agents, writing query letters, or researching agents themselves? I’d love to hear from you!

  1. Kate, I’m a couple of months behind on following, but I’m so excited that you finished the novel and am looking forward to reading it. Bravo!

    • Thank you! Believe me, you’ll hear if I get it published! Thanks for all your support :)

  2. I assume you are attending writers’ conferences and requesting one-on-ones with agents. Often that’s a way to not only get “instant” feedback, but have a more likely chance of an agent reading your material. I’ve done a certain amount of querying (and now have an agent)…I would suggest briefly (briefly) mentioning your work is the first in a series: state it, move on. However, are you sure it cannot be a stand-alone? With the unsettledness of publishing, I wonder if selling your first book would be helped by being open to a publisher viewing it as a stand-alone. If that gets your foot in the door, and they like your writing…good things may happen. The flip side is…if you’re committed to a series, then “stick to your guns” and be persistent with your dreams. If you are rejected because you’re confident about your series, it’s the publisher’s loss. Write on.

    • D.J. Lutz
    • February 16th, 2012

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I meet with an agent on the 24th for a critique of one chapter, I’ll let you know what wisdom (hopefully) she has to say about query letters.

  1. February 16th, 2012
  2. March 1st, 2012

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