Our next step is to entice an agent into believing they can sell your book.
Of course you believe your book is worthy, now you have to convince an agent to try and sell it. You need to exhaust all legitimate agent possibilities before you head start the very time-consuming and difficult process of self-publishing (and self-promoting) your book
How do you do this?
You need to find the agents who want your book and that you think will do a good job selling it to publishers.
Patience and perseverance is the key to this game.
Remember, even if you do not find an agent to represent your book, you can be published.
For your information, it took 35 rejections before the author of the best-seller; “The Help” landed an agent ad “50 Shades of Gray” was originally released by an eBook publisher in Australia.
By the way, there is no correlation between “quality writing” and sales.
Here is a quote from Wikipedia regarding “50 Shades of Gray”: Sir Salman Rushdie said about the book: “I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made ‘Twilight’ look like ‘War and Peace.'”
So, keep trying to sell you book, and remember it is people connections that work the best, not blind, random emails. (Hint – go to a writing convention)
You have divided your agents in to best, okay and last (A, B, C) you will start with a few A’s a few B’s and a few C’s.
Go to their websites and examine what that agent specifically wants. You don’t want to send all the A agents your first attempt. If your query or chapters get a poor response, you’ll have to rework your pitch and this way, you’ll still have some A agents left after the revisions.
Create a spread sheet or list of when you sent your query.
You may have to follow up (some agents do not respond) and you don’t want to send to an agent twice
Agents work hard for their clients and you’re not one of them, so be patient, follow their submission guidelines.
Next post… links to websites that display great query letters and what to do while waiting for your responses.
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