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Watchful Waiting or Finding Your Literary Agent

06 Aug Posted by in Marketing Ideas | 2 comments
Watchful Waiting or Finding Your Literary Agent

Some diseases leave you and your loved ones in a state of “watchful waiting.” Words meaning that you can’t actively do anything to fix your situation, but watch and wait. No trying different methods or talking with different people.

You just wait.

Recently, I read the ebook, How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent, by Noah Lukeman. He points out that too many writers send off their query letter to one agent and wait.

You should be thinking more like 50, not one.

Be active, investigate—read their blogs, and their websites. Take time to learn about authors who write the type of genre you write—who is their agent. Mr. Lukeman lists many different ways to learn about agents.

Send out those query letters.

The more agents you query, the more likely you are going to find the one who will help you.

Also, Mr. Lukeman gives information on where to go to learn who (the authors) these agencies represent–what new book deals they’ve made and how many they’ve sold over the course of a year. And are they making deals with publishers to sell works of new authors or do the agents sell only the work of authors who are already selling books?

So become informed.

This is your writing career. Don’t fool yourself thinking you should sit back and wait—don’t watch your email or your mailbox waiting for your career to become what you want. Have you finished writing that  novel and believe it is ready for the world to see?

You can change where you are as a writer.

Read Noah Lukeman’s ebook. Currently, it is free at Amazon.



  1. Jenny Carlisle08-19-12

    I agree that researching your potential agent is very important. I wonder, though about sending your proposal out to fifty at once. This intrigues me. I’ll check out Mr. Lukeman’s book!
    Great post!

  2. Avery Cove08-19-12

    Thanks Jenny 🙂
    I’m not sure his point was to send out 50. I think his point was your chances of finding the right agent would more likely happen the more you queried.

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