On today's GalleyCat, Jason Boog lists five things writers can find an agent. The tips are excellent! I've copied the post below.
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week we receive emails from aspiring writers looking for guidance about
publishing a book on the traditional publishing route. We always offer
the same advice: find the best literary agent for your manuscript.
Every aspiring writer needs to make a list of literary agents they
would like to pitch. If you are looking for an agent, there are five
simple steps that everybody should follow (whether you are a small town
writer or a business leader with a great story or a GalleyCat editor).
We’ve collected five foolproof methods for finding the best agent to pitch with your book–any suggestions to add?
5 Ways to Find the Best Agent for Your Book
1. Follow agents on Twitter. We’ve created a vast directory of literary agents on the social network, you can find lots of intriguing prospects on the list and learn what kind of books they like to represent.
2. Look in the back of your favorite books. In the
acknowledgements section of the book, authors often thank their literary
agent. Find out what agent represented your favorite author and find
3. Google your favorite authors. Many times writers
will talk about their agents in news articles, essays or GalleyCat
interviews. This is great writing intelligence.
4. Ask your friends. If someone you know has taken
the traditional publishing route, ask them for suggestions. They can
provide you with some promising leads.
5. Subscribe to Publishers Lunch. This free email newsletter will keep you updated on daily deals around the publishing world and help you find agents that have similar literary tastes."
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