"What do I need to do to get an agent?"
It's a difficult question to tackle, but for this Writer Wednesday I'd like to give you a basic guideline of what that road entails. First, you need to answer every one of these questions with a resounding YES.
- Can you write a book, edit it until it sparkles, and send that book out into the world?
- When you face hundreds of rejections, can you continue to write?
- Can you continue year after year, book after book to write and send out your work if you don't get an agent offer?
- Can you narrow down your 50k, 60k, 70k, 80k, 90k, 100+k novel into a 250 word query?
- Can you handle criticism at every turn - critique partners, beta readers, agents, editors, etc?
- When one of these people tells you that your book is the worst thing they've ever read, can you smile politely and say "Thank you for your time and consideration"?
If you answered YES to all of these questions, then you can BEGIN the journey. Now, here's your guidebook.
STEP 1: Write an awesome, amazing, out of the box book.
STEP 2: Edit that book until you can't stand to look at it anymore.
STEP 3: Take the advice of trusted critique partners.
STEP 4: Edit it again.
STEP 5: Test it out on beta readers.
STEP 6: Edit it again!
STEP 8: Seek advice about your query letter. Visit the FOR WRITERS links, bottom left.
STEP 9: Edit your query letter.
STEP 10: Test out your query letter on a batch of 10 agents.
STEP 11: Wait for responses.
STEP 12: Wait some more.
STEP 13: If you're getting requests, great! If not, revise your query letter and revisit your opening pages.
STEP 14: Repeat steps 10 -13 over and over again.
STEP 14: If all goes well, you'll get an offer from an agent and happy dances ensue.
The best advice, I can give anyone wondering about this journey is simple but oh so important...
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