How I found my literary agent. (And how you can find yours!)

How I found my literary agent. (And how you can find yours!)

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Peter Hogenkamp By PeterHogenkamp Updated Oct 28, 2013

I finally did it! After nine years of writing, three manuscripts, and five years of sending queries to literary agents, I finally got the contract for which I have been waiting. (And, yes, it was just as sweet as I had hoped.) But that's not why I am writing this. I am writing because I think I learned a few things along the way that might help someone else navigate through the treacherous waters of the agent-finding process.

When I say treacherous, I mean emotionally treacherous; to my knowledge, no would-be author has ever lost an eye in the process--although I wouldn't rule it out entirely. I have met a good few agents, and to a person they were all genuine, nice people. But they are nice, BUSY people, and therein lies the problem. Despite the fact that many agents still utilize the slush pile to help fill their lists, it is a mixed blessing at best. On average, an agent slogs through hundreds (thousands?) of queries to sign just one client. If you follow a few agents on Twitter--a...

I just wish I knew how to get good input!  If a beta reader gets to my plot twist, I've got them.  I know my start is too far from it, and those who love the start hate the end and vice versa.  Finding the right genre is harder than I thought.
JosephMarx JosephMarx Oct 24, 2016
Well thank you very much for this info but darn it you got me! I was waiting for the climax to the million dollar question, landing an agent to be continued... .
J_Embers J_Embers Nov 16, 2016
I just got rejected by an agent today :( Oh well, like you said rejection is part of the process...it stings a bit though
SarahWeaver6 SarahWeaver6 Apr 20, 2015
some of them--though nice enough--you most definitely know how they feel about their inbox.:/ I'll keep reading this.^^
PeterHogenkamp PeterHogenkamp Nov 03, 2014
@foreverhopeful you have to stay patient and keep improving your writing and your platform It can be done. I blog about getting an agent at http://www.auniqueandportablemagic.blogspot.com
foreverhopeful foreverhopeful Nov 02, 2014
I have been trying to get a literary agent for months! I have sent out query letters for THREE of my books, only to get rejected. 
                              
                              This is reassuring, but I am still on the "emotionally treacherous" part of the submission process.