1.) Persistence pays off.
- Most stories of writers signing with an agent detail a long path, with the writer continually improving craft. Many times, it is years before a writer signs with an agent.
So, Keep working on craft and DO NOT GIVE UP!
2.) Every path to an agent is different.
- Some writers and agents connect through conferences and workshops while many others simply query and stand out in slush. You don't know how the circumstances of your agent search process will play out.
So, as I've often read, "Cast a wide net."
3.) The writer has spent many hours revising (both query and manuscript) and researching agents to find a potential fit. (Again, improving craft is key.)
So, get help from critique partners for both your query and manuscript before the query stage.
4.) Signing with the agent is another beginning.
- I think the pre-agent phase of a writer's life is similar to running on a treadmill. You are working your tail off and making progress, but not really going anywhere.
- After you sign with your agent, you're on the road. All your treadmill time has paid off and now you can really go somewhere. But be ready to hurdle a few obstacles and dodge a few potholes, because you're in new territory now and from what I've read, the race gets faster!
So, be ready for obstacles, and continue chasing your dream agent!
Photo of my niece and son at a local park.-R. Polk