Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Getting Published (part 2)

The process of submitting to an agent would be an easy one if it was a standardized process; you could write one letter, then copy/paste it to an email and send it to every agent interested in your genre. Unfortunately, though, that is not the case, and I think this is by design to discourage the number of submissions. Each and every agent out there is particular in his or her preferences, and if you don't bother to find their profiles and read, you may be discarded before ever being considered, simply because you didn't follow instructions or pay attention. The most important thing to look for first is an agency that represents your genre--some agencies focus on a very narrow selection of genres, so submitting something in a genre they have no interest in is going to end up in the trash. Do your research! Even though I quickly rule out anyone that doesn't list sci-fi, I also need to try to figure what type of sci-fi a particular agent likes. Sometimes they'll be helpful and it will be indicated in their bio--I just read one that said “soft sci-fi and space operas only, no hard sci-fi!” But most of the time, you'll need to do a little detective work, and read beyond the agent's profile on the agency website. Do they have a blog? Are they active on Twitter or Facebook? Did the agent list some favorite sci-fi books, or can you find what type of sci-fi books that agent has represented before? Take note of these things, because this info will help when you write your query letter...

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