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#Kidlitchat and Agents.

Posted on: December 26, 2009

As my regular readers know, I love the information that I get from Twitter.com’s #kidlitchat on Tuesday night. One focused on Agents and How to Get One.

RebeccAgent, BostonbookGirl,  and Elana Roth were just a few of the agents who participated in the chat and offered words of wisdom to the new writer as well as the more experienced writers.

Some of my takes from the chat is that agents like

1.    Writers who follow submission guidelines. They have worked hard to make it as simple as possible. It’s a red flag for some agents.

2.    Writers who submit one project in a query with 1-2 brief (one line) other project ideas. The pitch must be accurate as well. Practice writing your synopsis several times to get it just right.

3.    Writers who use good grammer in their submissions. It tells them that you are a professional and are serious about writing.

4.    Writers whose work has a spark to incite interest in the submission. If you want others to love your book, it doesn’t hurt for you to love your book. Share your passion. 

5.    Writers who submit concise, tight submission. There have been query letters that are less than perfect accepted but with the competition so fierce the actual book need to be as close to ready to be published as it can be. 

6.     Writers that include their writing credits and a brief bio. This can include sites that you are on so they can get to know more about you. Remember they are people too and do your research. It is as important for them to do their research on you as a potential client as it is for you to do your research to make sure that the fit is a mutually good one.

7.     Writers that commit no faux paus. For instance, if you go to a conference, don’t pass your manuscript under the toilet stall. It has actually happened to an Agent/Editor.

8.    Writers who are patient and treat them the way they want to be treated. Everyone has different things to bring to the table. If you want someone who is willing to do some editorial task, don’t expect the agent is who is more about selling to do those tasks.

Places on the web that you can check out for details on the individual agents include their own personal sites, Preditors and Editors, AgentQuery, QueryTracker,Publishers Market Place, and Verlakay.com, as well as asking other authors for recommendations/referrals.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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