Finding an Agent

Surprise! I know this is Faith Hunter’s day, but she’s on the road (to Marcon, I believe, where I’ll see her in just a few days), so I’m stepping in. Hope you don’t mind the substitution.

It was suggested to me on Facebook that a blog on how to find an agent would be extremely helpful. I’m here to oblige.

First of all, there’s no one way. Looking over my current client list I see authors who have come to me via the traditional query route, who I’ve met via conventions, writers conferences or even a critique group, who were referred to me by other clients or industry professionals. There are authors who came with no credits, playwriting credits, short story credits, novels small or large press published and with offers already on the table. The only truism is that everyone’s path is different.

However, that doesn’t mean I […]

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Writing Life — An Aspiring Writer’s Guide to Conventions and Conferences

Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s humongous science fiction and fantasy convention, takes place this coming weekend, and many of us MW-types are planning to attend. I’ll be on several panels and will also be doing a reading and book signings. My (still incomplete) schedule can be found here. Faith, Misty, A.J., and Kalayna are on the program as well, as are big names from the worlds of television, movies, science, and literature. It should be a blast, and we hope to see many of you there.

This struck me as a good time to return once more to the subject of conventions and conferences. Over the next two months I will be attending not only Dragon*Con, but also the annual conference of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and World Fantasy Convention, which takes place this year out in San Diego. Each of these events, as well as other conventions I attend during the […]

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Literary Agents: Top Ten Ways to Make or Break that Relationship, Number 3: The Agent at Cons, Part One

The agent at a con (if that agent doesn’t write as well, which we’ll cover in part two later) is a busy person. They are there to meet prospective clients, socialize with clients, meet with other agents and talk shop, chat up new and already-friends editors, talk up their newest writer-find (if they have something new and explosively exciting that is about to be sent to editors), share with editors all the excitement about their existing clients (so the editors can gnash their teeth remembering when they didn’t buy that client’s book), attend way too many parties where they don’t dare drink but a half glass of anything that might relax them because they have another party to go to in an hour, and, well, they never stop. If they get a headache or backache they can’t quit and lie down. If they need their medication (allergy or anything that […]

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