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Agent of Change, or: Literary Invention

As an author, searching for the right literary agent sucks.

I've been trying to find one that will be the right match for me, not just any warm body, so I spend a lot of time researching and seeking them out. Then I spend more time doing a search to make sure I haven't already queried them or their agency, since I've been on this hunt ever since I lost my last agent, over a decade ago. If there's one thing writers don't have a lot of, it's time.

So I've come up with a solution.*

Someone needs to create a LinkedIn type website, for writers seeking agents. The writers will post their best query letter, synopsis, and sample chapters, along with things like the genres they write in, a list of previously published works, their social media presence, and anything else an agent might be interested in.

Then the agent only has to come to the site, do a keyword search, and look for an author that meets their needs.

I just went through a list of about two dozen agents, and each of them had slightly different requirements for author submissions. It seems to me this idea would actually make things easier for both sides. The writer doesn't have to try to narrow and tweak his queries to meet the desires of individual agents; The agents, instead of being inundated with e-mails every day, can just do a quick search on one website whenever they're looking for new clients.

Win-win.

Unhappily, I'm tech challenged. So which of you internet geniuses is going to get the ball rolling?

*Not applicable to you successful self-publishers, of course.

http://markrhunter.com/

Comments

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curiouswombat
Sep. 29th, 2019 07:58 pm (UTC)
Somebody really should take up that idea - it is such a good one.
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2019 07:14 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll trademark it, and get my wife to do the work. Don't tell her!
teragramm
Sep. 29th, 2019 10:03 pm (UTC)
Have you looked into Masie William's Daisy app? Daisy is an app-based community designed to help artists grow in their careers.
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2019 07:17 am (UTC)
Masie Williams? THAT Masie Williams? Last time I saw her, she was sweeping floors and cleaning dead bodies on the other side of the world! Maybe they've got better internet connectivity ...
teragramm
Sep. 30th, 2019 11:23 am (UTC)
Yes, THAT Masie Williams. She wanted a break from show business after GOT finished and with a friend created the app.
millysdaughter
Sep. 30th, 2019 09:38 pm (UTC)
Cool!
ozma914
Oct. 1st, 2019 07:14 am (UTC)
To quote millysdaughter, cool! I'll check it out. I first saw her on Doctor Who, but I'm catching up on the TV version of GoT now.
cornerofmadness
Sep. 30th, 2019 03:33 am (UTC)
It sure would beat this pitch war crap. It feels like speed dating
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2019 07:17 am (UTC)
I've never tried to do an "elevator" pitch, but I'm fairly positive I'd screw it up.
cornerofmadness
Sep. 30th, 2019 01:32 pm (UTC)
I have and I HAVE.

I find it weird that it's becoming the it way to get an agent

and apropos of nothing you might be interested (read horrified) by my post last night
ozma914
Oct. 1st, 2019 07:16 am (UTC)
That makes no sense. Half the reason a lot of writers became writers is because they can't speak to save their lives--me included.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 1st, 2019 02:37 pm (UTC)
If it helps a lot of elevator pitch wars are now just one twitter instead of in person...yeah that doesn't help
ozma914
Oct. 2nd, 2019 06:40 am (UTC)
A Twitter pitch would be easier than talking! But then there's that whole part about boiling an entire novel into a hundred words or so.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 2nd, 2019 05:36 pm (UTC)
It's not easy that's for sure
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