Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Ten: Agent Resources

This past weekend I finished what I'm hoping to be the last of my major revisions on my WIP. Now I'm reading it over for consistency, and then I'll send it out to some readers to get their comments. Normally, I would go back to my other project while I wait for feedback, but my dayjob is keeping me very busy, so I'm going to take a complete break from writing and work on some research.

I want to start querying by the end of the summer, and in order to do that, I need to start picking some agents to send that query to. Enter March, where I'm going to research a different agent every day*.

Here are ten sites I'll be using to gather my info:
  • Literary Rambles. Casey McCormick hosts this site, and it's an amazing resource for all things agent. Agent Spotlights are updated on Thursdays.
  • Querytracker.net. The site has over 1,200 agents listed, so you're sure to find a few that fit.
  • Guide to Literary Agents. This blog has agent interviews, profiles, and tons of other useful market related information.
  • Publishers Marketplace. This site is helpful, but the full version costs $20. You can sign up for the free newsletter, though. It includes deals that have recently sold and the agents who sold them.
  • AgentQuery. Click the link for an agent search that you can control by genre.
  • Absolute Write. These forums have info on agents as well as a host of other writing related items.
  • Writeoncon. In addition to an online summer conference, this site also holds live chats throughout the year with agents, editors and publishers.
  • Twitter. Find the agents you're thinking about querying on twitter. Sometimes they post useful tips about things they're currently reading or genres they're interested in.
  • Writer Beware. This site has information about some scams that target writers and other information on the industry.
  • Google. This one is sort of a throwaway, but google can be your friend! Start by looking up similar books in your genre, then figuring out who represents those authors.

Any sites I missed that you couldn't live without during your agent search?

*I'll share my process a little later this month once I've ironed out all the kinks, but I won't be naming agents specifically on the blog.


  1. Those are a lot of really good resources! I would add agents' personal blogs, as well. I know I've learned a lot from them!

  2. I am so excited for you to be at this stage!

  3. You've got them all! I'm in the query trenches right now, and I can tell you that EVERY SINGLE request I've gottten came from agents that I researched enough to establish some sort of connection. I kept it brief, but I always mentioned interviews or a list I found of what they're looking for and a half sentence on why my book was a good fit.
    Best of luck to you! It's nerve-wracking :)

  4. OMG, between you and other Melissa I am feeling like such a slacker. I need to catch up!

  5. I am about to give my first pitch to an agent (hopefully) in a few weeks. But first, I'm just trying to finish my manuscript in time. My day job is keeping me very busy, also, so I sympathize.