Here’s a bonus post for your Sunday night, because I am so excited that I have to write about it.
I am finished with my novel! 110,000 words of literary fantasy. This moment has been two years coming, so I feel justified in posting about it. But… now that I have it written, I want others to read it, so… the celebration can’t last long. On to finding an agent.
I have a draft of my query letter, about which I feel uncertain, so I clearly have to improve it. I’m finding Query Shark to be immensely useful, as have been a number of other tools I plan on writing about later, but no one appears to be answering a few questions I have. For example: Do I mention that this book is the first of a series and can’t really stand alone? I know I shouldn’t query about multiple projects at once- but does that mean I shouldn’t mention that this is the first of a series? Would it help or hinder? If you know anything about this, please comment! I’d love the in-put.
Researching agents is turning out to be a complicated process, as Noah Lukeman‘s How to Land (and Keep) A Literary Agent warned me. Writer’s Digest, Publisher’s Lunch, Publisher’s Marketplace…again great tools. I can already tell it’s going to take me weeks, if not months, to compile the information I need, since I am also a full-time teacher.
Anyone have favorite tips, tools, or advice on finding agents, writing query letters, or researching agents themselves? I’d love to hear from you!