Posted by: anitanolan | February 18, 2011

Good Sources for Information about Literary Agents

Here are sources of good information by/about agents.

Agentquery.com is a great place to start an agency search. You can search for agents who represent a specific genre here. It also gives a few titles they’ve represented, etc.

Once you have a list of possible agents, do more research. The following websites have interviews with agents:

Literary Rambles: Casey McCormick’s Blog. Casey interviews agents, recent interviews were with Joan Slattery of Pippin Properties and Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel NY

Guide to Literary Agents Editor’s Blog: Lots of information/interviews with literary agents here.

Young Adult Fantasy Guide: A few interviews here.

Of course you should also search the agent’s name on the internet. You’ll likely come up with more information about them. Lots of agents/agencies have blogs as well.

Once you have narrowed down your choices a bit, you might check out:

Amazon.com. Some authors thank their agents in the acknowledgements and if you do an advanced search for an agent’s name, you can sometimes find out who they represent. (You can also look at the acknowledgements of some of the favorite books on your shelfs.)

Publishers Marketplace: This isn’t free, but you can subscribe for a single month. A great place to get specifics about who an agent represents, who represents what authors, what houses an agent sells to, etc.

And last, but not least:

Preditors and Editors: Once you have a list of agents you’re interested in querying, check them out here before you send anything to make sure they’re legit.

There are plenty of other spots to find information about agents, and it is always helpful to meet them at a conference or workshop if possible. But, these websites will get an agent search off to a good start.

 

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