Can anyone recommend a good agent? I've had a bad experience with them recently and I think its best to ask if anyone knows a reputable one.
April 2nd, 2004, 03:00 PM
I see people are looking in here, and no one speaking up. My guess is this.
1) No one currently has an agent to recomend you to.
2) Those who may have an agent don't want to recomend some one they don't know to their agent.
3) There are no good agents (hmmm)
I'd say this. Look on Google Groups (http://groups.google.com) for any agent you're thinking about submitting to. I've found a large number of dis-reputable agents this way and avoided submitted to them. Just remember, you'll possibly only find bad reviews as people who've been burned are more vocal than those who've not.
April 3rd, 2004, 07:20 AM
Thanks. After further research I've decided its not the right moment to find an agent right now anyway
April 4th, 2004, 02:04 PM
April 4th, 2004, 08:10 PM
Writers' guilds often recommend them. Check the ones you are a member of.
Also check Preditors and Editors on the net.
April 4th, 2004, 10:55 PM
If you hang around writers long enough, you'll end up meeting agents. It's honestly easier to meet them as friends rather than professionally, at least IMO, because it allows you to really get to know if they're the kind of person that you'd like to represent your work. It's a little harder for your friend to screw you over than just some faceless agent that you've never met.
April 5th, 2004, 04:59 AM
A good agent (and there are some) is a massive benefit. A bad one (well, bad for you) can seriously impair your career.
Finding the right agent like finding the right publisher is a challenging task. Getting them to take you on even more so.
Many agencies have websites these days and you may find those list their clients. That's one clue, I guess. Word of mouth is also very important and if you know anyone in the publishing business, ask them for opinions.
One thing - agents, like editors, often specialise in particular genres so do your research and make sure you're sending them work they know anything about. Remember to find out a name, submit as directed and don't expect an immediate response.
I'd be interested in what your 'bad experience' was...
April 5th, 2004, 10:22 AM
I'll spare the grisily details, suffice to say I got involved with a perfectly professional and legitimate looking agency. They looked too good to be true, and they were. They were in the business of taking writers' money before they did anything despite claiming no reading fees. The manuscript would then be fed through a variety of companies before apparantly being submitted to publishers. They were a true scam, and I am fortunate to have got out of it with no problems.
April 5th, 2004, 01:43 PM
Agents are very genre specific. Are you looking for a fantasy agent?
April 5th, 2004, 10:14 PM
In my limited experience, it is next to impossible for a new author to get an agent. Most reputable agents (those associated with the AAR, etc.) will not read a manuscript unless the novelist is a) published, or b) has a contract with a publisher.
Not only have I heard these facts from three currently published novelists, but I have queried some top and mid-list agents in the field of SF. None of them asked to see my manuscript OR first three chapters. I honestly think the reason is because I don't have an impressive list of writing credits.