Today I'm going to give any querying writers out there some of my favorite tools for this process. What with my continued stream of rejections (80, baby!), I actually know a good bit about seeking a literary agent.
Preditors and Editors
Preditors and Editors, though often slightly outdated, covers pretty much every existing editor and literary agent. Its purpose is to share information about their past work and their legitimacy. It talks about some other stuff too once in a while, but the important part is that they can keep you from getting caught up in a scam (They once did so for me.).
I've recently discovered QueryTracker, which helps you keep track of whom you've sent out to, the deadline for their replies, and their responses. That way you can see just how pathetic you are! Just kidding, it's truly useful. It gives stats on various editors and agents and some information about submitting to them. Good stuff!
This is a set of reference books, put out yearly, with lists of publishers and agents, their chosen genres, and their contact information. There are also a lot of useful articles at the beginning of each volume. Writer's Market has been a great tool for me to find people to send out to, and there are a few different editions. I use the Children's one, naturally. I recommend it for the beginning of your query search.
That's pretty much it for today! I have some other writing tools that I'll probably talk about, sometime, but not ATM. I hope that helps those of you on the track to publishing, and thanks for reading!
Do you know any good tools for querying?
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