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How to Query Agents and Publishers: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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Over the course of the past three weeks I’ve covered comp titles, elevator pitches, and the synopsis, so this week I’m going to finish this series with how to query agents and publishers which will tie in all the previous elements and hopefully land you the book deal you’ve been hoping for.

  1. https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/1012/preparing-for-submission/how-to-find-a-literary-agent/ – 10 Steps to Getting a Literary Agent: This article explains everything you need to do to query literary agents including the all important research element. The article closes with what to do if you are offered representation.
  2. http://www.fairfieldscribes.com/querying—agents-and-publishers.html – Querying Part 2: Agents and Publishers: This is a fantastic resource with so much information. I suggest making some time to go through everything. It begins with resources on how to find an agent, how to find what agents are looking for or not looking for, how to avoid being scammed, and so much more.
  3. https://rachellegardner.com/ask-the-agent-query-publisher-or-agent/ – Ask the Agent: Query Publisher or Agent? In this wonderful post, Rachelle Gardner explains the pros and cons of querying an agent over a publisher. There’s some great advice and it’s well worth taking the time to read if you are undecided on the route you want to take.
  4. https://www.lisatener.com/2017/06/timing-querying-publishers-insights-publishing-industry/ – Timing for Querying Publishers and other Insights into the Publishing Industry: This is a very interesting post with a great section on how to query publishers directly as well as having information on the time frame you can expect.
  5. https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-get-a-literary-agent/ – How To Get A Literary Agent: This post looks at the world of publishing, what an agent does and doesn’t do, whether or not you need an agent to be published, and then on to how to actually get one. It ends with a section on what to do once you sent off your submission.
  6. https://medium.com/the-1000-day-mfa/how-to-find-a-literary-agent-in-10-easy-steps-yeah-right-f7ae479ff905 – How To Find a Literary Agent in 10 Easy Steps: This article focuses on what to do after you’ve sent out your submissions as well where to do your research for finding literary agents. There an excellent piece on what to do once one agent offers to represent you and how to make your decision on who to sign with.
  7. https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/05/when-to-submit-to-publishers-without-an-agent – When To Submit to Publishers without an Agent: Nathan Bransford offers plenty of advice in this post and explains when it’s a good idea to send your book directly to publishers instead of going the traditional agent route.
  8. https://www.standoutbooks.com/manuscript-rejection-reasons/ – Rejection Reasons: I’m sure you’ve probably heard it before, but it’s not always because your book sucks that you get rejected. This article explores and explains the different reasons why you might receive a rejection. These can often include market saturation, genre issues, submission errors, and timing.

I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans


Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans