I’ve been writing almost two thousand words per day and I’m exhausted. My brain has turned to oatmeal and my calves ache (that’s because I stand while I type…explanation will have to wait for another day).
Instead of cranking out the next three chapters of “Saw It Coming,” I did something even more ridiculous. I compiled a list of my “Top Ten Most Wanted Agents.” Crazy, huh? My manuscript isn’t finished, nor edited, nor rewritten, but hey…why not decide which agents I want to query first!
I grabbed my handy-dandy Nook (this is not an advertisement, although it was invaluable), and went to the “Acknowledgement” sections of all my favorite books. Authors always acknowledge their agents – as well they should – and I googled all the names I found.
With the help of Excel I created a sheet that included:
- Agents name
- Email address
- Submission requirements
- Personal info about the agent (likes, dislikes, college background, etc.)
- Authors the rep
I’ll eventually add two more columns for the date each query is sent and the agent’s response (or lack there of).
Since I’ll probably be rejected by all of those people (I’m trying to build a thick skin before I need it) I can add to the list by tens. Then I can rotate through the list as I finish and “perfect” each potential novel until I find an agent.
What methods do you have for finding agents and tracking queries? Anyone use QueryTracker.net?
I admire your organization. I’ve also heard that you should find books you like and see who the editor is (usually the editor is thanked too) and then find out if the editor is still at that publishers or has moved. Then send a query letter to that editor directly. Who knows? There’s always the message in a bottle trick…
I created a similar organization system on a spreadsheet. It worked perfectly well, besides the fact that I didn’t actually land an agent. But that’s beside the point, right?
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I’ve done the same thing, only with about 50 agents. I figure if I start with a gazillion, I’m bound to land at least one agent, right?
(The comment I deleted had a typo in it…so I’m a wee bit OCD!)
I totally do the same thing Christina…don’t worry, I didn’t think you hate me or anything!