Sphere23 Author I feel like I really wanna answer this, proving that I know a great deal about literary agents, but I haven't heard of them. Perhaps this is a post best answered by the omnipotent TBL staff...
Shiko Author Thanks anyway Sphere23. Appreciate the response
rami7588 User I am brand spanking new to this site and excited to explore its resources. I self published my first book and am now in the process of rewriting my second. Very interested in hearing others experiences with agents.
MRemington Author That's really exciting, Ko121922. How's the rewriting coming? I'm still in the "building my platform" stage of writing, so I haven't queried yet, but I find it really helpful to ask our TT authors about that when they are in the forum. The current Tethered Tidings' author, Dennis Mahoney, should be in the forums soon (next month, maybe?) and it's always really cool to ask a published and successful author how he/she got there. I hope that helps! Welcome to TBL!
rami7588 User Thanks for the welcome! I will keep an eye out for Dennis Mahoney's posts. Writing is the easy part; it's the rewriting that is a little bit excruciating! But it is worth the effort. I engage several trusted folks to provide constructive criticism and use that as my plan of rewriting attack. As for building a forum, I blog, write articles for the local community paper, host writing groups and do journaling workshops for free at the local state park/arboretum. The volunteer work really helps sales. I've also done several radio interviews which really help the introverted writer (like me) to get comfortable with marketing. Book reviews are helpful, too, and I have pursued that as well. Interested to hear what others out there have done.
Essie Author You authors crack me up! "Writing is the easy part." ;) I'll stick with editing, thank you. Shout out to Ko (it's what I'm calling you, or 22...I haven't decided)! Welcome to TBL...and to Shiko too! I don't think I ever said hello! Probably because I didn't have answers for your questions...though if you're still wondering about both agencies you posted on I can nag the rest of the TBL staff some. :) Just let me know! Also, everyone should be sure to check out our How-To-Articles under the Resources tab. I know we have one on selecting a literary agent, as well as some others full of useful advice.
kpkelsey Author Wow, Sphere: Omnipotent? Us? Maybe a few of the chaps upstairs (I hear that they can alchemically purify prospective agents lists by just looking at them), but I know this lil' intern isn't familiar with said agents (and leagues of others, for that matter). But perhaps somebody somewhere on this forum can answer Shiko's question...? And I have to disagree with you, Jess: Editing has it's perks, but I find writing to be one of activities that just sucks one in and becomes timeless. I remember once about a year ago sitting down and writing for what I thought was thirty minutes, only to look up and realize that three hours had gone by! Oh my! But I'll tell you what: I'll give you all my editing homework if you give me all your writing homework.... ;) I'd love to hear some success stories (like Ko's) from other members! Has anyone else had a joyful experience (or at least a productive one) with one or another agent?
firstname.lastname@example.org Author Had a chance to speak at length with a literary agent in NYC - a happenstance meeting in a coffee shop. She was kind enough to listen to my plight of agent pursuit, but she said in today's market where so many publications are shutting down or moving to online only, publishing houses prefer to take risks on the well established writer - one who blogs, has a marketing website, self-published, won contests (and/or entered) etcetera. Sound advice for starters. She said so many have talent but it's tough to sift through and put money into someone who might be worthy of their time. An interesting feedback session and it only cost me a coffee.... Was happy to have destiny work in my direction that day!
MINITALES User Great feedback from a "real" agent. I think that's why so many authors are going to self publishing. One major problem, as I see it, with self publishing is too many forget the importance of professional editing. I don't believe anyone can edit their own work. We see what we think we wrote not what we really said on paper.