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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Agent Crushes and Some Wicked Awesome Contests

Yes folks, I've heard about some fantabulous contests! And these two are top-notch (I mean, I wouldn't be blogging about them if they weren't so awesome)! First up is the 500 followers contest being held by Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins at Shooting Stars. Talk about some sweet prizes: book giveaways, Enstrom's Toffee (sounds wonderful), and a 40 page partial submission PLUS a critique of those pages by literary agent extraordinaire Suzie Townsend of FinePrintLit. Next, Elana Johnson is having a contest in honor of reaching 700 followers (yep, you read that right - 700). Not that I'm surprised or anything cause Elana's blog ROCKS! She's giving away 7 books that are a must read. Both contests end Sunday, March 14. So...what are you waiting for? Sign up today (if you haven't already).

Okay, on to today's subject: agent crushes. Yeah, I know I'm nowhere near the querying stage yet, but I do take the time to read agent blogs and I even follow some of them on Twitter. If you have not done so yet, I highly recommend it. Not only do you gather a lot of great writing tips from those agents, you can sometimes get a feel of their overall personality. That is valuable in it's own right because, for me anyway, when I finally do start to look for an agent, I want to look for those who I feel like would be a good match for me. I want my future agent to be someone who is easy to talk to, maybe shares some common interests, and I want them to be honest.

Now I'm not trying to put the cart before the horse, but I have started writing down a list of agents who I plan to query one day. All of them have excellent credentials and a proven track record, but there's one who I really, really, really want to be my future agent. (No, I'm not going to say who this person is....I don't want to jinx myself.) Anyhoo, this person has a very helpful blog, is fun to follow on Twitter, and I just have an overall positive vibe about him/her. So am I setting myself up for disappointment? I have no idea. I just know that I have to get my butt in gear and finish my book and then edit it until it's the best I can make it. Then we'll see:)

Do you have any agent crushes? If you do, are you planning to query that person first or will you query some other agents first to see how things turn out?

17 comments:

  1. I do. AND I plan on refining my query by sending it off to other agents first. If the query starts getting bites, I shall send it to said "dream agent". That's my plan anyway.

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  2. I couldn't go on enough about how awesome Marietta Zacker is! She is my fantabulous agent and definitely crush worthy! I will never stray! ;)

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  3. I do!! I stalk a few agents that are very high on my wishlist, for that very distant day when I've got a polished draft and I want to start querying :) I'm sad because a couple I really like don't represent the things I write, but it's ok... I can still stalk them. (Wow. I sound kind of creepy!)

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  4. Thanks for the linkage. I think you ROCK too!! :)

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  5. I have 4 dream agents. They're all very different but all awesome in their own way.

    I think it's a great idea that you're already working on your list. I'm always researching agents and re-working queries while I'm still writing. That way it's all ready to go when you're ready to go.

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  6. I TOTALLY had agent crushes--though I tried to keep them at crushes. No falling in love. That might make them break your heart. Can't wait till you dive into the querying pool with me. ;)

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  7. No crushes yet. But I'm sure I'll have my fair share soon enough. : )

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  8. I started an unpublished post entitled "dream agents." I wouldn't say I so much have any crushes yet, but just the insta-attraction that could turn into something more. :)

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  9. I seem to be a little behind on the agent crushes, but right now I'm just focusing on finding myself as a writer and since I'm still very much in the beginning stages I haven't focused yet on all the research involved, but starting this blog has been brilliant! I've gotten so much info on what I need to know and I'm excited to push forward!

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  10. Yup, and my crushes grew stronger while querying my first book. If that one doesn't land me an agent I already have my top 8-10 list of my top favs. :)

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  11. I end up with crushes on agencies' webtsites. I think, "Yes! I totally wan to be on this client list on this tubular website!" But, I don't use that as a parameter when choosing my actually submission destinations.

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  12. I have agent crushes, but like all crushes I expect them to change a bit if I ever get up the courage to interact with aforesaid agents :)

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  13. I had agent crushes, but then I read Elana's post today and now I'm kind of over it.

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  14. Excellent contests! I've signed up for Bethany and Suzette's. Almsot forgot about Elana's. Thanks! And I think it's never too early to start your agent list!!

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  15. I have about 10 top faves. They rock. :)

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  16. I'm making a list too, but I'm no where near the querying stage. Thanks for all the contest links.

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  17. I have an awesome award for you over at my blog!!!

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