Posted on February 12, 2008 Posted by John Scalzi 10 Comments
My pal Colleen Lindsay has put out her shingle as an agent, specializing in “fantasy and science fiction, horror, paranormal romance, graphic novels, YA fiction, and pop culture.” And she’s looking for potential clients.
Try not to completely smother her with your submissions, okay? It’s her first day. Maybe pace yourselves a bit. Also, you know, read her submission guidelines before you drop a submission. Remember, actually following the submission guidelines increases your chances of being considered, because it shows you can follow simple directions. Which is an admirable quality to have.
Good luck to her! Based upon comments posted, I’d say about half of the regulars here are aspiring writers.
Thanks for the shout-out, sir! To clarify, I’m not working on my own. (That would be insane. And the epitome of hubris.) I’m very much a junior agent, but I’ll be working with a team of very experienced and well-respected agents at a small agency where I can learn from and be mentored by colleagues.
Bookmarked for future. Thanks John. :)
Welcome to the agenting ranks, Colleen. =)
Stress and slush and stress and slush… but when you find that great book to represent… it’s pure magic then. =)
I’ll be submitting my query as soon as the damned novel is done. So, mid-summer? 2009? Before the decade is out?
Anyway, you’ll have plenty of time to get comfortable before it shows up.
Wow! Email queries! Once my latest book is done (which could be never, but hopefully not) I will certainly query her!
Thank you, Scalzi!
Tremendous thanks for the helpful post. I sent a query her way for my first novel. We shall see.
Wow, a day in and I got a full mailbox bounce.
This makes me potentially very happy. Now if I can just fix this continuity issue in chapter nine, I’ll be one step closer to agonizing over query letters again.
Email queries are very cool. Email queries with 48 hour turn-arounds are EXTREMELY cool. Thanks for the tip!