What was the agenting process like for you, and what's your best advice for someone seeking representation?
"Ask around. Authors may tell you straight up most of the time who reps them and why they like or dislike them." - Heidi Kling, author of Sea.
"My agenting process was dreamy. Rosemary Stimola works at lightning speed. She requested a full manuscript less than 24 hours after I queried her. A week later she asked for edits. Even with the month it took for me to edit, she took about 8 weeks from first contact to signed contract. Many of the agents I had queried hadn't even responded to me by then. Then, she sold Split at auction three weeks later." - Swati Avashti, author of Split."My agenting process involved querying for three novels before finding an agent for Other, and I did so in a rather roundabout way. Everybody finds an agent in a slightly different way, so I would just suggest to research well and try smarter, not harder." - Karen Kincy, author of Other.
"My experience was a good one. The query process was mercifully neat and quick, and this segues nicely into my advice: do your research. I spent a long time researching agents—I'm talking months. I read as many interviews as I could find, I read books by their clients, forum threads dedicated to them—anything to give me a sense of what they were like and what they were *really* looking for, beyond the usual two-sentence genre descriptions. Then I only sent queries to people who genuinely seemed right for my specific book." - Brenna Yovanoff, author of The Replacement."I tried several years ago to get an agent and failed miserably after months of querying. I realized my writing wasn’t ready yet for an agent so I went back to just writing for a couple of years. When I felt my story really was ready, I did very thorough research and queried who I thought was the #1 best agent for my book first—and two weeks later I had an agent. (I queried about six other agents in the meantime.) Believe me, I was shocked it happened so quickly this time." - Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine.
"I sold Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different without an agent, and I decided that I wanted one after going through the experience solo. (It was a fine experience, but I knew how much I didn’t know once I received that 10-page contract!) I saw Tracey Adams of Adams Literary speak at an SCBWI conference, and she not only mentioned a love of historical fiction, but said that the agents at Adams Literary want to represent authors, not books. I found that very appealing. I studied their website, then queried them with Selling Hope. Josh Adams, who I now refer to as SuperAgent, represents me. I love working with Adams Literary; I truly feel like our goals align. My advice to those seeking representation is to really listen to what agents are saying – on their websites, in their Twitter feeds, at conferences. Do their goals/personalities/work styles match yours? Can you work closely with that person for dozens of years on multiple projects? If yes, query them. If no, keep looking." - Kristin Tubb, author of Selling Hope.
Come back Thursday to find out how the rest of the authors found their agents and learn what advice they have for those seeking agents.