This post may be longer than most ... and maybe a little rambling, but I wanted to talk about the difference between having an agent and having the right agent for you.
there is a difference.
When I decided to query agents, I had a few friends say you've got to query agent x - he runs such a cool blog! or why don't you query agent z, she's a friend of a friend.
Instinctively, I knew it would be better to proceed a little more objectively.
I have had three different writing friends who have decided to part ways with their agents due to various reasons, but the heart of the problem was always related to the fact that the agent really didn't get the writer's style/voice/work as much as was required.
I wanted to avoid that situation if possible. So, I researched agents based on their client list and how their current work/style fit with my work/style. I then googled their names, read every word on their websites, read past interviews, read their clients blogs and even read some of their client's novels.
When I had a list of agents I thought would be a good fit, I began the query process.
In the end, Steven Chudney extended an offer of representation and I was thrilled to accept.
But recently, I had an experience that let me know how perfect he really is for me
what was that experience? I'll tell you...
My novel With A Name Like Love is under submission. It is a long process, but I am being patient and writing away at my next novel in the interim. I got to the point where I decided to let Steven know what I was working on.
I wrote him an e mail and told him it was a Middle Grade novel that involved this and that and stuff but promised lots of action and adventure.
Truthfully, I was hoping to be able to write a more plot driven novel this time. I have a tendency to write character driven pieces. So, I thought I would try to deliver a plot driven novel but I was inwardly worrying about actually delivering one.
Could I do it? Would it work? Or, would it be a horrible flop?
Something along the lines of .... 'this and that sounds interesting, but just make sure the gist of the story is about the characters and the family.'
I can do that.
Questions: What do you think about this experience? Would you accept representation from any agent that offered (if you are seeking same)? What is your querying plan of action? If you are agented, how did you know the fit was right for you?