Resources for finding literary agents
It’s always a good idea to begin your research as early as you can, because A LOT is still not enough. When you round up your data, make sure you check out every website, twitter, or other networking site an agency might have.
To jump-start your research, here are all the resources I’ve compiled over the process of my own querying journeys (also, these sites are free, and a few of them have donation pages or additional services if you do find them helpful):
- Agent Query — is a great website with a database of agents. AQ also has additional resources like how to submit to a literary agent and how to write a query.
- Query Tracker — is updated quickly, especially when agents close to submissions for periods of time. QT has individual message boards for each agent page so writers who are querying can see approximate and recent response times that other writers are getting. Additionally, agent pages also have graphs and lists of clients and other useful things.
- Absolute Write — is a forum for writers that has a whole branch for members to discuss agents, response times, goings-on, so on and so forth. Other helpful threads include workshopping chapters and queries — which, if you’re fairly new to querying, is highly recommended.
- Literary Rambles — is a blog run by Casey McCormick and Natalie Aguirre, and they post really sweet, in-depth profiles and blurbs from interviews of literary agents in the YA (young adult), MG (middle grade), PB (picture books) and CB (chapter book) realms.
- Writer Beware — is sponsored by the SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America) with support from the MWA (Mystery Writers of America). They update with publishing scams and schemes and traps with advice on how to spot and avoid them. They also have a blog and a facebook page.
- What to do when you’ve finished your manuscript — is advice I put together to help prepare writers to prepare their manuscripts and submission needs. Many writers begin querying before they’re ready.
- Avoiding publishing scams — another quick tidbit of advice on steeling oneself against the temptation of “too good to be true” offers. The aforementioned sites are linked here as well.
have I gotten way too enthusiastic with this one? I am never sure.
I’ve planned to do this for a while so tadaa
adding close ups because it’s just so smaaaaaaall
Michelle Tea And The Queerest YA Novel You Will Ever Read!
It’s not just the ambiguous sexuality of the protagonist or the casual androgyny of the potential love interest; it’s the heart of the thing, the tilted lens of Michelle Tea’sMermaid in Chelsea Creek that makes it the queerest young adult book I’ve ever read. It’s also no surprise that the 42-year-old Tea populated her foray into the genre with head-nods to outsider fantasy, Here, pigeons aren’t marginalized — they’re bearers of wisdom; and mermaids are surly and complex, not preening or diabolical.
Michelle Tea will be here on May 28 with Ali Liebegott, and we’re shouting this from the rooftops because we totally have rooftop access.
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- Tea fights cavities and reduces plaque. Compounds in tea are capable of killing or suppressing growth and acid production of cavity causing bacteria in our mouths.
- Tea keeps you hydrated. Every cup of tea you drink, especially low or no caffeine varieties, counts as a cup of water with the added bonus of providing antioxidants as well.
- Tea may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Tea can help prevent formation of dangerous blood clots which are often the cause of strokes and heart attacks.
- Tea can help lower blood pressure. Drinking green tea daily can reduce your risk of hypertension by up to 50%.
- Tea aids your body in digestion. Tea has been used for thousands of years as an after-meal digestive aid. It can also help relieve stomach cramps.
- Tea may help prevent diabetes. There is some evidence to suggest that green tea might help to lower the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.
- Tea can help beat bacteria. An Egyptian study testing the effects of green tea on antibiotics found the tea to enhance the bacteria killing effects of the drugs.
- Tea aids your immune defenses. A study comparing the immune activity levels of coffee drinkers vs. tea drinkers found the tea drinkers to have levels up to five times higher.
For those of you who were asking how to get over writer’s block.