One of the ways a new author can get the proverbial foot in the door is to locate a new literary agent. Those agents who are only just starting out might not have the reams of publishing industry contacts that the more established agents do…but…they are more keen to build their author list (read: motivated). There is a greater chance that they will take on newer authors in the hopes that these newbie writers will build an ongoing career with them.
The trick, I’ve decided, is to find a newbie agent who is in a very well established agency. A newbie agent working on their own probably isn’t going to be the best person for you (it’s all about contacts, baby!) but one who is part of an agency staffed by publishing industry pros with scads and scads of experience is a whole different cauldron of cod. And I do believe I’ve found exactly the right newbie.
Although she’s only been an agent since 2009, she works at the agency run by one of the most prominent literary agents in the business. Plus she lists ‘historical fiction’ as one of her areas of interests. And for extra bonus points, on the agency’s website they have a page called ‘What we’re looking for this month’ and on that page they currently say that they’re focusing on “The Past”. They’re actually looking for historical novels! Okay so we need to minus a few of those bonus points because that page is dated October/November 2010 but they haven’t replaced it with anything else!