To get started on your 2023 agent-finding journey:
These are awesome books to get you started in craft, voice, editing, and motivation. **Affiliate links that may provide a commission that will help maintain this website and fund my first feature film!
Also, as stated above some good agent-sifting web resources are:
- Association of Authors’ Representatives
- The Association of Authors’ Agents
- Query Tracker
You have to make sure the agency is legit: They should never charge you to read your book or to submit it. Some good warning resources are:
Writer’s Beware: https://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/
WB Thumbs Down Agencies: https://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/thumbs-down-agency/
How to spot a scam agency: https://querytracker.net/forum/index.php?topic=17.0
Preditors & Editors Agency warnings: http://pred-ed.com/ (they went dormant in 2013 but are revamping site so here’s fb group)https://www.facebook.com/prededitors/
HOW TO QUERY :
While you’re digging, create an excel spreadsheet or join Query Tracker to compile your selected agencies and agents to submit.
- Don’t send all your queries at once maybe 5-7 a week.
- Polish your query, synopsis, first pages and “partial – query, synop, first 30 pages) and have it ready to go.
Average reply times range between a few days to a few months, most agencies will tell you their average. Make sure you’re submitting to the right agent in the agency that accepts your genre/category.
Keep refining/polishing your query while you wait. Try credible agent contests like:
- Author Mentor Match http://authormentormatch.com/
- DV PIT https://www.dvpit.com/about
Good luck! Excited for you!