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Introducing...Agent Spotlight!

Researching and querying agents is extremely time consuming, and when you’re trying to put together a personal query for each agent (which you should be) it’s even more so. And this is only after you’ve compiled a list of agents who represent your genre, which takes its own share of time.

I’m here to help!

Every other Thursday I’ll spotlight an agent who represents children's and/or young adult literature. I’ll profile whatever I can find on them from what they’re looking for, to personal quotes, to interviews, to average (realistic) response times, to what other writers are saying about their professionalism, etc. as well as linking up their web presence into one post. How much information I find will rely heavily on the agent’s web presence, but my goal is to find enough information to help my fellow writers make informed decisions about the agents they're interested in without having to look too far.

You can help, too!

Please e-mail at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any suggestions, requests, agent news, or information regarding an agent I've Spotlighted or will be Spotlighting in the future. I encourage everyone to contact me or leave a comment—good or bad, open or anonymous—about the agents you've had experience with.

Good luck in the query trenches and thank you!

13 comments:

  1. I think this is brilliant! But, like Heather says, dang that'll be a lot of work. Can't wait to see what you dig up!

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  2. Very fun idea, Casey! I'm sure it will be a hit!

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  3. Thanks! I did the first one last week as a test run. It's definitely time consuming but it's not like I won't benefit from the research! I'll know who I'll be interested in working with when I'm ready to query.

    I've been struggling with how to present it more than anything.

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  4. Great idea! What you may want to consider doing is announcing the next agent to be profiled at the end of each agent post. This way, you can ask that anyone with experience on that agent to email you with experiences prior to your posting, and perhaps you can even email the agent themselves with any current info they'd like to share (like current interests). Just a thought.

    I'm sure you'll get comments in int comment section as well, but be prepared that many of them will be anonymous.

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  5. Great ideas Angela! Love them!

    I was considering e-mailing each agent so they could view their entry and let me know if they want anything to be edited, but I thought I would get a few up first.

    We'll see how it goes!

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  6. Oooooh, your blog is SO useful! It's just been added to my favourite sites. Thanks a lot for this.

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  7. Your site has been tremendously useful. Thanks so much for doing this!

    Would you consider all the agents you profile "vetted" in the sense that, if they appear on this list, we can assume they're good agents who aren't just scam artists? They all seem to be true agents, which is nice. I know that I've been very weary of untrustworthy agents.

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  8. Absolutely S. Kyle. I've answered your question here: http://caseylmccormick.blogspot.com/2009/11/are-spotlighted-agents-all-legit-yes.html

    Thanks!

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  9. Okay so I have a quick question, I had no idea who to ask. If I have posted an unedited story online(Not a full chapter, more like a paragraph). Will an Agent still look at a fully edited story? Or will they turn it down and want something that hasn't already been read by people?

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    1. JustADr3am3r,

      I think an agent would only be concerned if you had the full story, or a significant amount of it, posted online. A paragraph shouldn't be a problem at all. Lots of writers post excerpts online for critiques and contests. You're fine!

      Casey

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    2. Okay thank you. I need to go write more then :)

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  10. Thank you so much for this amazing resource! I've just begun the search for an agent and the information you compile is exactly what authors need to know. Brava! And thanks again.

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