You’re coming to a close on your manuscript and have started thinking about agents. If you go the traditional route, you are going to want one. Where are they? How do you find one that would be a perfect fit for your work?
You could ask a friend, but odds are they will have no idea. You could go to conferences and hope to bump into one or maybe even by time for a short critique or pitch, but your best bet is the internet. It offers a wide range of information on agents and publishing houses. Unlike authors of the past, you have the world at your fingertips.
Take out the keyboard and start typing.
Association of Authors Representatives, Inc – AARONLINE.org This site contains over 400 literary and dramatic agents, who have pledged to adhere to the association’s high standards of professional conduct in serving their clients.
Manuscript wishlist – MANUSCRIPTWISHLIST.COM Agents and editors provide in-depth information on what they are looking for, their profiles and bios, along with submission guidelines.
QueryTracker – QUERYTRACKER.NET This free site gives you access to over 1,600 agents, explores agent data, and keeps track of the queries they send out.
LIT REJECTIONS – LITREJECTIONS.COM This site provides a list of submission guidelines for more than 350 literary agencies. The website also offers articles and interview making it an excellent resource for authors looking to get published.
There are other sites out there. I recommend you do your homework. I’ve provided a few of the better ones to get you started. Association of Authors Representatives was voted the best of the best by Writer’s Digest.
If you have a literary agency or agent in mind, go to their page. They will provide submission requirements, and let you know if they are accepting queries.
Hope this helps.