So here I am, all of two agents in, and already I’m ignoring my “Let’s start by focusing on New York agents only” rule. My lovely friend Jan Glazier wrote and told me that she knew a literary agent and would be happy to contact her on my behalf. When she told me who it was, I was astonished because this particular agent is on my A List. Everything I’ve read about approaching literary agents is that a personal referral beats a cold calling query letter every time. So the new rule is: “Focus on New York agents…unless some kind and well-connected friend offers to refer you to an agent they know in which case who cares if they live on the dark side of Mars?”
This agent – now aka Agent #2 – has an impressive list of high quality projects to her credit so an ‘in’ with her is like gold to aspiring authors like me. Even though the agent really doesn’t know me from a slice of Black Bottom Pie, it’s worth a shot. So a big thank you to Jan!
(Side bar: Black Bottom Pie is a strangely-named desert that popped up a lot in the 20s and 30s era restaurant menus I researched. It’s made with chocolate and run so really, how bad could it be?)