The Great Agent Search Begins Again...

My inability to get an answer out of the publisher whose been sitting on my science fiction novel for 4 years, or from the editor who asked me to let them look at it again last year, has convinced me that I desperately need an agent.

But I hate looking for one.

First, I'm in Canada, and I have several bad agent experiences I had in Toronto. (Ever had one bar a door when you had an appointment for a meeting and they demand you slide your work through a mail slot?) I've given up on Canadian agents, and I'm looking for an American one.

So I spent today putting my work on hold and going through AAR, AgentQuery, Predators & Editors, etc...etc... getting a list together to start the quest once again. I contacted one that I had networked with in the past, and got rejected in about the amount of time it took to write the e-mail. So that's one off the list.

Any recommendations will be welcome.

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Comment by Jack Getze on May 22, 2009 at 12:02am
Get Jeff Hermann's book where the agents tell you what they're looking for, what and how to submit to them. It's very thick, very expensive, and very very good. Many libraries have a copy to can use for nothing.

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Comment by Dana King on May 21, 2009 at 11:42pm
I wish I had something good to tell you about the secret to getting one, but I don't. It's a slog. I just checked off the names when rejections came in and went to the next one. Keep your eyes open for targets of opportunity as you work through the process. When you read a book that is similar in some way to yours, check the acknowledgements and contact that agent. That's how I got one a few years ago. We've since gone our separate ways, but I don't question the work she did for me when we were together.

Good luck.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on May 21, 2009 at 2:46pm
Good luck on this one, my friend. The horror stories about agents can be found in US agents as well.

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