Agent #8 wasn’t originally on my list but I came across an interview with him on a blog written by a consulting editor. The agent professed to have little faith in the cold-call query process (which is what I’m doing) but prefers to seek out potential new authors by keeping abreast of the cultural landscape. He also said that he didn’t know how literary agents find the time to blog and tweet and god knows what else. Surely, he maintained, the real work of agenting — reading, hobnobbing with editors, reading some more and making great book deals for their clients — is how they should be focusing their time.
I thought, Bravo to you, sir! You sound like an initiative-taking go-getter! So I went to the agency’s website to see what sort of areas he prefers to agent…but it was kind of vague. He said that he “likes novels that engage the reader through both their prose and their story.” Kinda leaves the door open for pretty much anything and anyone. Does that ‘anyone’ include me and my prose? An email is all it takes to get an answer to that question………SEND!