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This week’s session in “Finding Literary Agents” will be postponed to next week.

It’s my birthday!

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Fanny T. Crispin

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From Writing to Publishing

Stalking Acknowledgenents

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Week 2 of seeking out literary agents.

So hopefully you haven’t been camping at a bookstore all week, gotten yelled at by management, hauled away by the police, and finally locked up in jail as a crazy person. That wouldn’t be good. Use your head.

All right, are you at your favorite bookstore and/or have plans to visit said store? Great, let’s get started.

Objective 1: Find a few books in your genre.
Objective 2: Skip to acknowledgements – Do not, I repeat, do not be tempted to read the book!
Objective 3: Search for keywords like – oh, I don’t know – “thanks to my wonderful agent so-and-so.
Objective 4: Record this information (agent’s name and/or company) in a safe place, such as a phone, a computer, or a notebook.

Most authors who use an agent will express their appreciation for the agent’s hard work in getting the book published. Without that agent, the author would probably still be querying publishing companies or curled up in the fetal position somewhere crying… Hopefully, the author not only put down the agent’s name, but also their company for you to Google later. God bless Google.

That’s all for today, folks!

Until next time.

Fanny T. Crispin

Series Title:
*Literary Agents – Where Are They Hiding???
Subtitle:
*Week Two; Stalking Acknowledgements

From Writing to Publishing

Moonlight in Bookstores

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All right, Day 1 of seeking out literary agents. Here we go!

We already know writers are a bunch of plagiarist, so the mission I’m sending you on should come as no surprise. Let’s get started.

Objective 1: Get thee to a bookstore!
Objective 2: Find your genre.
Objective 3: Pick up a book in your field – specifically age-range and look/feel of said book.
Objective 4: Camp out for a week.

What? I said we were going to keep this short and sweet. I’m delivering 1/2 of my bargain, so chill out. I will aim to publish a new segment weekly for this mini series, giving step-by-baby-step instructions. In the meantime, feel free to talk amongst yourselves, jot down notes or thoughts, doodle on some paper, twiddle your thumbs, whatever it is you prefer to do.

Until next time!

Fanny T. Crispin

Series Title:
*Literary Agents – Where Are They Hiding???
Subtitle:
*Week One; Moonlight in Bookstores

From Writing to Publishing

Literary Agents – Where Are They Hiding???

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You’re a writer. You have a novel – a manuscript, a finished document. You want to get it published. But what the heck do you do? If you’re like me, you know writing. You’ve done tons of research. You’ve edited. You’ve sweat, bled, and cried to bring this love-child into the world. But what do you do with it now that it’s here?

Let’s explore this foreign land. I’ve touched on this process before and you can find more helpful hints in Writing Help. But, honestly, finding and querying an agent can be a daunting task, so this series will break it down into a few small steps. We’re going to keep it as underwhelming as possible.

Let’s get started, shall we?

In this series, we are going to:
1. Moonlight in Bookstores
2. Stalk Acknowledgements
3. Investigate Leads
and finally,
4. Interrogate Agents (Politely!)

Let’s keep it fun, real, and lighthearted. After all,…this can be a scary process. But you can do this, because I believe in you, and you should, too.

This has been,

Fanny T. Crispin