Some publishing and agent sites recommend querying widely--to anyone and everyone in the business. But I don't agree with this. Why? Well, for starters, it's unprofessional and embarrassing.
"Dear agent, I'm querying you, well, because you're an agent. Isn't that enough?"
Um, no. The fact that you're an agent, even an awesome one, doesn't necessarily mean I want you to rep my book. Let's face it, the whole author-agent relationship is a big deal. This is the person who will represent you and that novel you've been obsessively writing.
Is it wrong to want a rock star agent? No, I don't think so.
Writing is a labor or love and after spending months and countless hours on a novel, I'm not about to hand it off to just anyone.
Oh don't worry, I'm not that naive. I know my approach isn't the most practical, but it's the way I'm wired. I also know that signing with a rock star agent doesn't guarantee me more than a sense of accomplishment. I'm not shying away from hard work either. I expect a rock star agent to demand more from my writing, and I know my work will be better for it. Publishing isn't my end goal, but really the beginning.
There's a saying that attitude determines aptitude. If that's the case, you better look out because my confidence is soaring.
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