I want to start this blog entry with a HUGE thank you to fellow author, Jennifer Lane, who reviewed Pieces of Us and interviewed me on her website today. I had a lot of fun answering her questions and I hope you will all stop by and read the review.
I've been considering getting a literary agent for a while now. I was lucky enough when I got my frist novel published that the publisher I applied to was accepting manuscripts directly from authors so I didn't need to have a 3rd party involved. Now, I'm looking to broaden my horizens and stretch myself a little and I think having an agent is going to help me to do that. I want to give my new novel the best chance it can have so I'm agent shopping. Let me tell you, it's hard and scary.
I have been warned by several authors and some terrifying websites that a lot of agents are fronts for editors who promise to get your book published, but it need some editing done and they just "happen" to know an editor who can do it (themselves) and they charge you for this service. Or, they have their own boutique publishing house that they "sell your book" to and then they can take agent fees and publishing fees from the author.
So, how do I find an editor I can trust? I know they are out there but how do I tell them apart from the evil ones who want to steal my money? And how do I know which agent is right for me? I have asked some of my author friends and the answer is RESEARCH! Read up on agents and the agency they work for. Don't trust everything that is written on websites and don't sign a contract until you feel safe and trust the person.
I'm curious if anyone reading this has an agent, or has looked for an agent in the past. Can anyone recomend a good agent? I'd love to hear from anyone who has expereince with this.