Agents Stalk Us Too

I hope I get stalked some day.
I mean that in a totally literary sense. Crazy stalkers need not apply. Unless you’re an agent. Then we’ll talk. Just don’t bring duct tape and a shovel. Unless contracts are signed with scraps of tape and buried in the ground. Then bring those, too.

Confused? The short and sweet of it is that this is a neat piece on the homework that great agents do when considering an author.

LUCAS HARGIS

SneakyBurglar

All querying writers research potential agents.
Oh? You don’t? tsk tsk
What a naughty, naughty writer.

Submission guidelines and genre preferences are important, but we should totally research, investigate, and weigh our findings against our own personality and professional goals. By learning as much as we can, writers can focus our search on lit agents who would truly make a great fit. There is a lot more to an Author/Agent relationship than simply querying and finding rep. We’re entering into a business partnership. We’re committing to what hopefully will be an LTR. Sure, agents choose wisely. But the writer must also choose that potential partner carefully.

Agency websites give an overview, but they don’t provide the whole picture.  We are responsible for digging deeper: interviews, current clients’ websites, recent deals, rights’ management experience, Twitter feeds, interns’ blogs, etc. Writers can’t just scratch the surface and call it a day. I…

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