Literary Agents

I have always been curious about how writers get their books published. What process did they go through and how long did it take them?

Nicholas Sparks shares how he found his Literary Agent in his website. I love reading about his experience because he makes it sound so easy. Attached is a link to his site.

http://nicholassparks.com/ForWriters.asp?PageID=3

How did you find your Literary Agent? How did you get published? Are you still looking for an Agent? What has your experience been like so far?

Of course everyone has a different experience. I’m still going through mine. I’ve written a book that I love, have sent out queries, attended a Writers Conference, pitched my book and luckily got a few requests for my manuscript, but yet I’m not quite done. I am constantly trying to build my platform however way I can. Despite distractions and life’s challenges, I never stop writing.

In the perfect world, I would be writing every day—sipping espressos, sitting outside cafes with nothing but my laptop and a plethora of inspiration around me. But reality is different. I have chores and responsibilities like the rest of us. But I try. I try my best to write as if I was in a café… in Paris, people watching, when I’m really sitting on the couch watching my 2-year old daughter who I love dearly. Besides, isn’t that what writing is for? It’s for creating different scenes at different times based on your imagination. I like creating, that’s why I chose to write fiction. I prefer to write in a café in Paris on a beautiful spring day. I think I’ll stick to that for now and let my imagination run wild.

0 Replies to “Literary Agents”

  1. Great blog! I love Nicholas Sparks and find him very inspiring! Thank you for sharing the link about his journey of finding an agent.

    I completed writing my first MS in March and am currently working with an editor. I have yet to dabble in finding an agent and am considering it, only to get my foot in the business. With all the horrid stories that I’ve heard about fake agents, I’m a little weary, maybe even too much.

    Again, great blog and I look forward to reading more!

  2. Great blog! I love Nicholas Sparks and find him very inspiring! Thank you for sharing the link about his journey of finding an agent.

    I completed writing my first MS in March and am currently working with an editor. I have yet to dabble in finding an agent and am considering it, only to get my foot in the business. With all the horrid stories that I’ve heard about fake agents, I’m a little weary, maybe even too much.

    Again, great blog and I look forward to reading more!

  3. Thanks Isabella! I’ve heard some stories too, but I’m still optimistic I will find the “perfect” agent soon. I’m sure you will too. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. 😉

  4. Thanks Isabella! I’ve heard some stories too, but I’m still optimistic I will find the “perfect” agent soon. I’m sure you will too. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. 😉

  5. Corey,

    Thanks for commenting on my post. I met my current agent at a conference in Boston. She was lovely, engaging. We had a short but good conversation, and she followed up with me via email before I even had the chance to do so myself. This was my third attempt at getting an agent. The first was back in 2008, when I did what many new writers do, which was to send out my manuscript too early. Nonetheless, I did sign with an agent within four months of launching queries, but ultimately, after a year of revisions, it didn’t work out with her. (Although I do believe she helped make the manuscript a lot stronger, and for that I am grateful.)

    A year later I made another attempt, and received a lot of encouraging rejections. I looked at all the comments and feedback, and discerned two recurring ones. I then bit the bullet and, after giving myself a few months after the birth of my second child, changed the POV, something I’d been resisting for a while. I set the writing conference as a deadline to get the re-write done. I met three agents at the conference, all three of whom asked for my full manuscript, and two of whom offered me representation. It’s been quite a journey, and I know this is only one of the early steps.

    Good luck to you!

    1. Thank Anjali for sharing some helpful information. I appreciate it. I really think attending a Writers Conference is the way to go. It’s a great opportunity to meet and pitch to Agents.

      By the way, I checked out your Book Trailer and enjoyed it very much. What a creative way to present your book. Very impressive.

      Again, congratulations to you and I wish you all the best.

  6. Corey,

    Thanks for commenting on my post. I met my current agent at a conference in Boston. She was lovely, engaging. We had a short but good conversation, and she followed up with me via email before I even had the chance to do so myself. This was my third attempt at getting an agent. The first was back in 2008, when I did what many new writers do, which was to send out my manuscript too early. Nonetheless, I did sign with an agent within four months of launching queries, but ultimately, after a year of revisions, it didn’t work out with her. (Although I do believe she helped make the manuscript a lot stronger, and for that I am grateful.)

    A year later I made another attempt, and received a lot of encouraging rejections. I looked at all the comments and feedback, and discerned two recurring ones. I then bit the bullet and, after giving myself a few months after the birth of my second child, changed the POV, something I’d been resisting for a while. I set the writing conference as a deadline to get the re-write done. I met three agents at the conference, all three of whom asked for my full manuscript, and two of whom offered me representation. It’s been quite a journey, and I know this is only one of the early steps.

    Good luck to you!

    1. Thank Anjali for sharing some helpful information. I appreciate it. I really think attending a Writers Conference is the way to go. It’s a great opportunity to meet and pitch to Agents.

      By the way, I checked out your Book Trailer and enjoyed it very much. What a creative way to present your book. Very impressive.

      Again, congratulations to you and I wish you all the best.

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