This week we’re talking about researching and approaching literary agents. I thought instead of a rash of links I would give you a few places to begin your research.
If you’ve found the literary agent of your choice and you’ve signed up for a pitch session, this video is for you. Authors Christie Craig and Faye Hughes of WriteWithUs put together this great video staring literary agent Kim Lionetti of Bookends, LLC, Dorchester editor, Chris Keeslar, and author Terry McLaughlin to illustrate tips for making the perfect pitch to an editor or agent about your manuscript.
Chock full of super advice and more than one laugh, here is Making the Perfect Pitch (Without Striking Out):
Here is a list of literary agents whose blogs and tweets I’ve found extremely valuable. If I’ve left an agent off this list that you feel has been helpful to you, please leave a link in the comments section.
|Ashley Grayson Literary Agency|
|Laura Bradford (While Ms. Bradford has a website for her agency, she doesn’t run a blog, but she does tweet valuable #pubtips.)|
|Marlene Stringer (While Ms. Stringer has a website for her agency, she doesn’t run a blog, but she does tweet valuable #pubtips.)|
|Ginger Clark (While Ms. Clark is part of the Curtis Brown Literary Agency, she doesn’t run a blog, but she does tweet valuable #pubtips.)|
This is by no means a comprehensive list of literary agents you will want to follow. When you research literary agents, check their blogs and see if they use Twitter. If they do, follow them, and if they’re kind enough to take a few moments to tweet #pubtips or blog about query letters, pay attention.
Got more questions about agents, queries, and pitches? Check out the Writer’s Chatroom. Moderated every Wednesday evening by Audrey Shaffer, the Writer’s Chatroom is open from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST so you can drop in or out as your schedule allows. Experienced writers who had been through the process are available to give moral support and answer your questions.