Looking for a Literary Agent?

Hi Readers!

I am hoping to email you and ask for a big favor.  Many of our readers do not know that besides writing tons of articles for teens and parents and self-help books, I also love love love to write fiction.

I have two finished novels, a teen fiction novel and an adult fiction novel that I would love to shop around.  I actually have no idea how the fiction process works. I have published three non-fiction books, but do not have a clue about the fiction world.

I wanted to put this out to readers of my blog because I value your feedback and insights.  I would be eternally grateful if you are or know any literary agents.  I have already written book proposals for both books and of course, I am open to editing, changing and suggestions on them.  I have also been trying to learn slowly about the publishing process and what has become abundantly clear…I need an agent.

Thank you so much for your advice, contacts or comments,


5 Responses to “Looking for a Literary Agent?”

  1. David A. Bedford
    April 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    I have been told that 10 non-fiction books sell for each fiction title that sells. As an author an lover of ficition myself, I have to work hard not to be disheartened by that statistic. Apparently for one’s first work of fiction, the only option nowdays is to put in a little money and publish POD (print-on-demand). Then you have to market it by internet until you get enough sales to convince the publisher to publish your next book the traditional way. That is what I did, and I’m still waiting on results to know whether it was a good move. Please visit my website and search my name on YouTube. Best wishes for your success! Don’t give up.

  2. Vanessa Van Petten
    April 13, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    oh man really?

    That is a very sad statistic. I have done the POD thing with non-fiction and I do get a lot of sales, but really do not want to have to do that again. But good for me to know. I will definitely research you and see how you did it! Thanks for the advice = )


  3. Bonni Goldberg
    April 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi Vanessa,
    Teen fiction is very hot right now. Your best bet is to be strategic and attend a couple of writers conferences for YA (young adult) writers and spend the extra money to have private pitch meetings with the agents– or even an editor if there is one who has published a book similar to your in some way. There is also a professional organization you should join.
    If this is too much, too expensive, etc. then your second best bet is to :
    1. Find books similar to your in genre, style and/or subject
    2. Look in the Acknowledgment section for the name of the agent and the editor
    3. Look up the editor’s website or Facebook or whatever s(he) uses to get a sense of what s(he) handles and the best way to make an approach
    4. Take a look at the book, How To Be Happily Published to check out how to write a query letter
    5. Either send a query to the agents you feel would be the best match, or find someone who knows them and get an introduction before you send the query.
    Good luck,
    Bonni Goldberg
    Author of Room to Write & Beyond the Words

  4. Vanessa Van Petten
    April 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi Bonni

    This is so helpful. It is a lot of work, but you are totally right. I am trying to set-up private pitch meetings and have been looking through books doing cold calls recently.

    Thank you so much!



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