Posted by: anitanolan | February 17, 2011

Looking for an Agent? Here are Some Considerations

If you’re looking for an agent, you can just make a list of children’s agents and query all of them.

Of course, you’ll spend a lot of time spinning your wheels if that’s all you do. Better to do more research and carefully target your queries.

Try to find out what type of books the agents like. Maybe an agent says he likes YA historical fiction, and you write YA historical fiction. That might sound like a match, but if he’s looking for something like A Book Thief and you’ve written something like Little House on the Prairie, you might not be a good fit.

You also might consider which publishers/editors they sell to. While an agent might submit your story to any publisher where it fits, agents tend to build relationships with several editors, and you might want to know which editors an agent submits to before you query. If you notice that an agent submits frequently to an editor/publisher that publishes edgy YA and your YA isn’t particularly edgy, that might factor into your list choices.

You might also find out who an agent represents.  It doesn’t hurt to know if you and the agent have similar tastes.

Tomorrow: Good sources for an agent search.


  1. Dear Anita,
    Thank you so much for all your helpful advice. I just used the page you recommended and found several possible candidates. Thank you for sharing this wonderful website with all of us.

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