Saturday, September 26, 2009

Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary


Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary had great advice on finding the right agent for you.

Questions you should ask yourself before you begin querying agents:

-What kinds of books do you plan on writing throughout your career?  If you’re querying on a picture book, are you also working on a YA?

-Do you want an agent who will work with you on revisions?  If so, how much?  You want an agent who is right for you.  At Upstart Crow, agents prefer to be involved in revisions.

-How experienced is this agent?

-How large is his/her client list?.  If you’re one of 60 clients, you will get 1/60th of his/her attention.  You also have to take into account that the “star” clients do get priority. 

 

What happens when an agent offers representation:

-Remember this is not the end goal.  It’s a stage to get you published. 

-Ask the agent:  do you revise?  What kinds of revisions do you see for this book?

-Ask if you can speak to some of their other clients.

-Ask: what other genres do you represent?

-Ask: do you know places where this book could go?

-Tell your agent about your research on the market – what editors you’ve met, who has expressed interest, etc.  


"The agent works for you.  Without writers, we wouldn't have jobs."


1 comment:

Catherine said...

-Remember this is not the end goal. It’s a stage to get you published.

-Ask the agent: do you revise? What kinds of revisions do you see for this book?

-Ask if you can speak to some of their other clients.

-Ask: what other genres do you represent?

-Ask: do you know places where this book could go?

-Tell your agent about your research on the market – what editors you’ve met, who has expressed interest, etc.


Woops.

I did none of these.

Bad cat is bad.