Heyo! If you’re looking to get your work published, you already know that you have to go through an agent first.
Here are 4 free tools that will help you to find your perfect agent!
This is what you want to use to find an agent.
Not sure how to find an agent? Start with agentquery.com. Simply choose which type of genre your manuscript falls under and agentquery.com will instantly pull a list of hundreds of agents looking for your type of manuscript.
It’s super simple to scroll through agents at a glance, or read more about each agent in their profile. Perhaps the most helpful thing is that agentquery.com lists each agents’ requirements and links directly to their website.
This is what you want to use to keep track of which agents you’ve contacted.
This website is awesome. It has pretty much every agent you could hope to find on the internet. What’s also even more awesome about it is that it allows you to track who you’ve queried, and what their response was.
Before I stumbled across querytracker.net, I was keeping track of all my query letters in excel. I had columns for agents’ names, emails, requirements, what I’d sent them, and their response. Querytracker.net does this all for you in an even more simple way.
3) Twitter #10queries
This will let you see agents critique query letters.
#10queries is a great # to follow on twitter, because agents use it to critique their slush piles of query letters. They’ll usually write a few words about what the query is pitching and tell you what they like and don’t like.
I use it to see what types of things agents are looking for and also what to avoid.
4) Twitter Pitch Parties
This is what you use to get in touch with agents as fast as possible.
During a pitch party, you tweet a one-sentence synopsis of your novel and include a certain #. During the pitch party (often just one day), hundreds of agents will peruse the tweets associated with the # and favourite the pitches that they like. If they favourite yours, it means they want you to email them directly with your full query.
This is the fastest way you can get in touch with agents, without waiting for them to go through their slush piles.
Carissa Taylor keeps an ongoing calendar of upcoming pitch parties on her blog. I suggest scrolling through her list and seeing if there are any coming up that you can participate in.
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