Word of warning. Cause for concern. Be sure and check out agents and their sites before subbing to them. During a visit to one of my favorite agent sites this past week, I read that the agent has considered pulling submission in the United States because authors are not subbing anything remotely close to what they represent. Mind you, this is an agency that deals solely with YA/MG manuscripts. Still, a quick click of the mouse and a writer will know what the agency does and does not rep.
Don’t get me wrong, mistakes get made. Sometimes we hit send on our submissions before checking that everything is attached, spelled or punctuated properly. However, a mistake is a mistake, but unprofessional is unprofessional. It is a mistake to forget an attachment. It is unprofessional to approach an agent when you have done no research on whether or not the agent even reps your genre.
We expect agents to respond to us, get annoyed when they don’t. We expect them to represent us to the best of their ability, to get our books published and on the shelf. And we would be furious if they didn’t do their homework on publishers. So again, I caution all authors take a good look at the agent prior to submitting to them. In the end, it saves everyone time, allows agents to continue excepting submissions and heck, maybe even respond too them.
The title of this post says it all: Agent sites and blogs. Just use them. Most times you’ll find nice specifics that can help you to personalize your query. It’s worth the time.
After you comment feel free to check on the ‘Agent blogs’ on my sidebar. Also, when searching for an agent at lets say, Agent Query, don’t forget to look at their agency websites for more personal guidelines. After all, agents are human too and they may have forgotten to update their guidelines.
Good luck and happy querying.