I was reading an interview by Brian McClellan, author of The Powder Mage Triolgy, the other day and he recommended something interesting. He said when you’re first starting to submit, you should send it out to ten agents. If they all come back with rejections, there are changes you need to make to either the query letter, the synopsis, or the manuscript. I thought this was a pretty interesting point, so I went ahead and chose my first ten agents:
- Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency
- Lisa Rodgers, JABerwocky Literary Agency
- Jennifer Azantian, Jennifer Azantian Agency
- Kaylee Davis, Dee Mura Agency
- Sheil Land Associates (You don’t get to pick a specific agent. If one is interested, they will contact you.)
- John Wordsworth, Zeno Agency
- Rachel Letofsky, The Cooke Agency
- Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Services
- Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency
- Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency
Now begins the task of following all of the submission guidelines. *Note to writers: Yes, ALL of them. No matter what. Nothing gets added, nothing gets left out. Nothing gets half-assed. Agents can get upwards of a hundred queries A DAY (I’ve seen agents with numbers that have hit well over 200 a day), so not following their specified guidelines is a good way to get deleted. Most tell you exactly what to put in the subject line of the e-mail. This is fantastic, but also tedious as it varies from agency to agency and if you put the Subject line for Agent A in Agent B’s submission packet, it will likely not even make it past the first round: the spam filter.
But the good thing is that 99.9% of agencies these days not only accept, but prefer electronic submissions. This not only saves me from spending time and money printing and mailing everything, but also allows agents’ responses to reach me faster. Some of my choices respond in 2-3 weeks, some in 8, others in 12. So whether you’re here to follow my book’s progress or you’re here for research before you send your own, get ready and get patient, because this part is called The Waiting Game.