First, Happy Memorial Day! I'm so glad that our country has set aside a day to honor those who've laid down their lives for our protection.
Back to our scheduled post...
When I began to query agents with my manuscript, I went straight down the agent list on the RWA website. After all, if they were RWA approved then I shouldn't have any worries, right?
Wrong. I got a full request from an agent who repped nothing I wrote. Furthermore, that agent had some iffy comments said about her and I only discovered these things after sending her the full manuscript.
It's so incredibly important to be in the know when it comes to agents. I've heard it said a million times (and you probably have too): a bad agent is worse than no agent.
There's a lot of things that can constitute bad. Lack of communication, disorganization, or even worse, someone who isn't really an agent at all. Most of you probably read agent blogs so you're ahead of the game. You know we don't pay agents to read our manuscript. I hope.
Awhile back, I was studying the agents attending a small Christian conference, and I noticed one in particular charges people just for a reading. I had to shake my head because there are many new writers who will attend that conference and think it's normal to pay that agent.
Research! Read their blogs. See what they've represented.
Any advice on choosing the right agent? Have you had a good experience thus far?