Don’t Query an Agent IF…

Don’t kid yourself. Agents are bombarded with queries on a daily basis, and they’re looking for a way to remove that slush pile from their inbox, and fast. If you haven’t done your homework before querying the agent, you’ve just made her job easier, which isn’t a bad thing. For her. But, if you’re looking to hook an agent, you need to know how to play the game.

Don’t query an agent IF…

-your manuscript isn’t written

-your story isn’t polished enough to shine

-you haven’t had anyone in the writing community read your work

-you’re even thinking about saying that your mom loves your book

-you believe you’re the next Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or another super famous author

-you think everyone will be begging to make a movie out of your book

-you haven’t learned how to spell the agent’s name

-you can’t be bothered to find out if the agent is male or female

-you think the fact that you took twenty-five years to write this book is a good thing

-you believe you’re better than her

-you’re not interested in her suggestions on how to improve your story

-you wrote the book during NaNoWriMo and it’s now December 1

-you took a novel from your favorite author and changed it “just enough” to call it yours

-you think you can bribe her into becoming your agent

-you believe you’ll have time to revise the manuscript between the time you send the query and the time she requests to read the partial or full

-you’ve already queried and been rejected by all the publishers out there

-you told her off at a pitch session because she didn’t “get” your book

-you think agents are useless and don’t do anything to earn their commission

-you’ve stalked her in the bathroom at a writers’ conference

-you think the way to her heart is through her pet

Please, writers. Do your homework. Find out how the industry works and what agents expect BEFORE you query them.

Lynnette Labelle

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2 Responses to Don’t Query an Agent IF…

  1. Great list, Lynnette. Thanks. 🙂

  2. Lynnette Labelle says:

    Amy: Glad you liked it. 🙂

    Lynnette Labelle

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