Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Great Agent Quest

Yep. While my novel still needs a little work and I'm waiting to hear back from a test reader or two, I have started something at long last. I have started:

The Great Agent Quest

Also known as, I'm researching agents to find the right one for me. I hope to submit in the near future to at least 5 potential agents and it's all very exciting. After starting this novel back in 2007, I'm finally at a point I can consider what possible agents would work well for this story and in large focus, my career as a writer. Because while this novel is great, it's not the only one and not the only genre or age range that I write in, so I'm dreaming big and looking for agents that match both this one but also future prospects.

It's a happy but nerve-wrecking time. I've never done this before. I have to actually consider what I'm looking for in an agent.

Here are a couple of things I've come up with:
- Genres and age ranges need to include young adult, fantasy, maybe sic-fi but not be just young adult or younger because a chunk of my stories are in adult speculative fiction.
- Must be able to accept GLBT characters. It's one of the few things I won't change about a story.
- Feedback. I know some don't want edit/rewrite tips from agents, but I'm not one of them.

And well, that's actually it so far. Yeah, I don't have very many requirements yet but I'm new to the search. Which brings me to my questions for you.

What do you look for in an agent?
Anything you don't want in one?
Are you searching for an agent?