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#295108 - 02/26/07 11:12 AM Re: Are you writing your novel this year? [Re: Vance - Crime Editor]
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Does anyone have thoughts on how to get an agent? I completed 3 romance novels many years ago and just sent them off to publishers. got back some nice responses but "they aren't for us". At least they did respond-lol.

I wouldn't want to try the cold call approach to a publisher again but have no idea how to get an agent either.

How about writer's groups? any thoughts on whether they are helpful or not? I'm talking about groups like Romance Writers of America or Mystery WRiters of America type groups. I was part of a small writers group once and we just sat around patting each other on the back but not much real criticism.

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#295195 - 02/26/07 05:25 PM Re: Are you writing your novel this year? [Re: joanj]
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You have to weigh up the benefits of membership to a group like the Romance Writers of America against the cost (time and money) of the membership. What do they offer exclusively to members? Manuscript assessments? Contract vetting? Timely industry news and information that will actually be useful to you? Reduced rates for conventions or festivals?

Make a list of pros and cons for each group you're thinking of joining, which will give you a better idea of whether it is worth it.

I'll do a series of articles on agents shortly, but the process is basically the same as submitting to publishers. Research the agents in your genre. Make a list of the ones who accept unsolicited submissions. Make a note of the authors they represent and look at those books to make sure you're not sending your work to someone who "never" considers that sort of thing (though "never say never"). Check their submission guidelines and follow them to the letter.
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#299270 - 03/14/07 11:14 PM How do you get an agent?
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I thought I'd bring this question into its own thread...

This week's article starts the series on agents with a look at whether you really need an agent, or whether you could be your own agent:

Do you need a literary agent?


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