March 18th, 2010
Narrowing the List–Dreaming Big

I’ve been doing some serious research over the last month on several agents/agencies. I have to admit that overall it’s been fairly disheartening. I didn’t have a lot of names on my list to begin with, so it sucks when I have to remove some. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are no ‘perfect’ agents. When I say perfect, I’m not talking about humanly perfect. Such a thing does not exist. What I mean by perfect is that there doesn’t seem to be a perfect fit, especially when you’ve written in as many genres as I have. It was naive of me to believe that such a thing could exist. Sure, I have my dream agencies (ie Writer’s House, Liza Dawson Assoc., JABerwocky, and Rob Weisbach, etc.), but even those give me pause. Maybe I’m just jaded. (A very good possibility.) Maybe my expectations are too high. (Could be.) I never ask for more than I expect from myself. When I think about agents, here is what I dream about: I dream of finding an agent who can get me read, who doesn’t wait for me to make the sale so they can swoop in after the fact, who gets what I’m trying to do, who isn’t afraid to negotiate hard with publishers, who isn’t afraid to follow up with publishers, and who believes in my work. You’d think that would be easy to find, but not so much. I’m sure from this post I have given you the impression that I’ve been querying a ton of agents. I haven’t. In fact, I haven’t queried any. And I don’t intend to until I have a few projects finished. Once the books are ready to go out, I’ll approach my dream list. We’ll see what happens. It never hurts to dream big. 🙂

6 comments to “Narrowing the List–Dreaming Big”

  1. If it’s too much to ask, then I’m never signing with another agency because there’s no point giving away 15% for doing only what I could do myself. An agent who won’t or can’t do those things is just getting in the way, IMO.

  2. Charli, I agree. It’s just hard to see it sometimes.

  3. Yep, product first, representation maybe later. 🙂

  4. I hear you J. It’s a really hard search. And the unfortunate thing is, you usually won’t know that stuff until you’ve already signed and are on submission. Then you really get to see what your agent is made of or isn’t in some cases.

  5. Bernard, Books are definitely the priority. I have no doubt when the time comes I’ll find the right agent for me.

  6. Vivi, That unfortunately is a problem I don’t foresee finding a solution for. 🙁