The time has come for me to find an agent. For the past year, I have focused on writing and rewriting multiple manuscripts. I want to show my future, potential agent that I intend to have a writing career. I plan to keep producing work even as I wait for other manuscripts to get published.
I have compiled a list of agents that I found using a wonderful tool called Query Tracker. (QueryTracker.com). This tool is free or you can upgrade and get extra features for a small fee. There are so many excellent agents our there. I started my agent research process over a year ago. I began by looking at the acknowledgement section of many of the children’s books and middle grade books that I have read and enjoyed. Many authors mention their agents in the acknowledgement section.
I then use Query Tracker to look up the agent. I want to find out how many clients they represent, if they are taking on new clients, and what genres or types of children’s books they represent. When I find an agent who is a good fit for my work, I add him or her to my list.
I have also written a query letter for the first book I want to query. I have several critique partners that have helped me revise my query letter and make it as good as it can be.
Finally, I feel it is important in today’s publishing climate to have a web presence. I have been active on Twitter for several years and I recently built this website and blog.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Wish me luck!!