Monday, February 8, 2016

I Have An Agent

This post is very late.

I used to absolutely love reading "How I Got My Agent" posts when I was a querying writer, and even before. Most of the stories are unique in their own way, and it's always fun to see what new writer/agent matches have been made. I'm so happy to say that, after writing for most of my life, Silvia Molteni of Peters Fraser + Dunlop is now my agent. After querying last year, I met with her in London just days before I flew back to America for the Christmas season, when she offered to represent me after reading my fantasy novel. I couldn't accept the offer for about a week, out of respect to the other agents who currently had the manuscript, but when the week was up, I knew I wanted to work with her. Silvia and I both shared the same vision for the book, and I was excited to jump into revisions. So just a few days before Christmas, I signed the contract.

Overall, it's a fairly traditional story about signing with an agent, but it's my story, so it's very dear to me. If you're a querying writer, or you're still drafting that novel, chin up! I wrote my first story when I was about 8. Now I'm 25. Many of my old stories will never see the light of day, and believe you me, it's better that way. Writing takes practice and time, and those things can't be rushed.

I thought I'd leave you with a few helpful resources, if you're querying or coming up on that time.

Query Tracker | This website is invaluable for searching for agents that represent what you write. (Always verify this on the agent's website; they do not like getting submissions in genres or categories they don't represent.)

Publishers Marketplace | To access some of the website, you have to pay a fee, but it is so worth it. You can compile a list of agents just by going through the deals page, which can help you see which agents are selling what type of book.

Jennifer Represents | She no longer posts on the blog, but there are so many helpful things to read on there, and she even has a handy list in the last post. (If you were ever worried about word count, have a look!)

A Book from the Beginning | My friend and author Samantha Shannon has been running this blog for a while now. It's a good place to find out information about her amazing Bone Season series, and also to learn bits about publishing and writing.

NaNoWriMo | And, of course, there's Nation Novel Writing Month. I can appreciate that this isn't for everyone, but it might be a good place to start!

Stay tuned for more news!

2 comments:

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